Stevie Wonder to Enter Apollo's Hall of Fame

The musical genius gets his props.

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Musical genius Stevie Wonder

Black America Web is reporting that singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder will be inducted into the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame. The New York institution announced Wednesday that the songwriter of hits like "Superstition," "Higher Ground," "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and "Isn't She Lovely?" will join the ranks of James Brown, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin on June 13.

Born Stevland Hardaway Morris in Saginaw, Mich., Little Stevie Wonder was discovered by Ronnie White of the Miracles, who introduced Morris and his mother to Motown founder Berry Gordy. Gordy signed Morris to his Tamia label, naming him Little Stevie Wonder, and a star was born. Wonder got his start at the Apollo in Harlem in 1962 when he was 12 years old. He was called a "wonder child" because of his ability to play multiple instruments.

An activist who has worked tirelessly on behalf of social causes throughout the world, Wonder is credited with helping to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday. Wonder's ability to stay relevant and respected in the music industry for more than 40 years speaks volumes about his abilities. The Grammy Award winner's seminal album Songs in the Key of Life is considered one of the best albums of all time by industry experts and music fans alike. It is clear why this Apollo legend is getting his proper spot in the Hall of Fame. We're just wondering what took so long.

Read more at Black America Web.

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