Stevie Wonder was honored for his “music, activism and leadership” with performing-rights organization ASCAP’s inaugural “American Troubadour Award” at a star-stuffed gala in Washington, D.C. The event took place in the Cannon House Office Building’s Caucus Room at Capitol Hill, with Democrats and Republicans in attendance.
To pay proper tribute, ASCAP invited some musical notables to perform Wonder’s songs
Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Brian McKnight and Wyclef Jean were among the artists who delivered renditions of the crooner’s classic songs. Stevie colored the event by performing five songs, including “My Cherie Amour” and “Overjoyed.” Wonder also hooked up with Bennett for a rendition of their Grammy-winning hit, “For Once in My Life.”
Stevie Wonder described music as a vehicle through which he can “be used to inspire and encourage,” and about songs being “part of a symphony that says to the leaders of the world, ‘Let’s end war.’ ”