Stevie Wonder Inducted Into Apollo Hall of Fame

We wonder what took so long.

Stevie Wonder stands in front of a mural of Apollo legends. (Getty)
Stevie Wonder stands in front of a mural of Apollo legends. (Getty)

EURweb is reporting that music legend Stevie Wonder has been inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. He was honored through the famous theater’s spring gala. Though Wonder was the main attraction, the audience was also wowed as he collaborated with a cast of friends and admirers, including Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Paul Shaffer and Doug E. Fresh, reports the AP.

“It’s a moment to cherish and remember, relishing in the memories of the times that I’ve been at the Apollo, as well as this night, the great people that came out to support me being here,” Wonder said in an interview. “It’s a great thing to be one of those people in the Hall of Fame for the Apollo.”

Bennett presented the honor to Wonder, who in turn lauded the legendary crooner for his commitment to the Apollo and to civil rights causes.

“As much as I may never see the color of his skin, I’m able to feel the color of his spirit,” Wonder told the audience. “When it was not fashionable to hang out with the brothers and sisters, you did.”

He then recalled Bennett singing one of Wonder’s signature songs, “For Once in My Life.” As Wonder began to sing the tune, Bennett joined in for an impromptu performance that ended with a standing ovation. Wonder also performed with Doug E. Fresh. Other performers included Raphael Sadiq, Yolanda Adams and Kim Burrell, Melanie Fiona and Corea.

Wonder also spoke out against those who would fail to help others and called for better health care. The spring gala raised $1.2 million, which will be used for its educational programs and to preserve the theater’s historic legacy.

We’re glad that the Apollo Theater finally inducted Stevie Wonder into the Legends Hall of Fame, and during Black Music Month, no less. Where would black music be without Wonder? Where would the Apollo Theater be without Little Stevie Wonder?

Read more at EURweb.

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