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BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys Hit 'God Only Knows'

October 8th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys H
The BBC marked the launch of its new music initiative on Tuesday with a new video featuring some of music's biggest stars all collaborating on classic Beach Boys single "God Only Knows."

The video was played simultaneously over all of the BBC's properties at 8pm for the launch of BBC Music and featured over two dozen stars from both sides of the Atlantic, including Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, Baaba Maal, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, One Direction and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

Most stars each sung a line or two, while the musicians, including Scottish violinist Ni...
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Celeb A-Listers Turn Out For Robin Williams Memorial

September 29th, 2014 10:38am EDT
Celeb A-Listers Turn Out For Robin Williams Memorial
Robin Williams was honored with a private tribute held at the Curran Theater in San Francisco, CA Saturday. Famous friends as well as family celebrated the iconic actor's life in a service that was more celebratory than solemn.

The tribute was a private affair, but included notables such as Whoppi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Billy Crystal, Bonnie Hunt and Eric Idle. Also present were Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, George Lucas, Penny Marshall, Danny De Vito, Rhea Perlman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gus Van Sant, Chris Columbus, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Marlo Thomas, Josh Gro...
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Five Best Performances From The 2014 Grammys

January 28th, 2014 1:05am EST
Daft Punk Grammys
With so many great live performances at Sunday night's 56th Grammy Awards, it's been hard* whittling them all down to the five best. Well, the five best that didn't include any weddings, Broadway adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood meets Harry Potter meets Showgirls, or cut-off performances, that is.

The night was all about mixing the past with the present, and in some cases the past, present and future.

5. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton: 2/4 of the original Highwaymen with the legendary Haggard and modern Country giant Shelton wasn't the tightest voc...
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Daft Punk To Perform With Stevie Wonder At 2014 Grammy Awards

January 6th, 2014 11:14am EST
Daft Punk
Stevie Wonder is set to take the stage with EDM duo Daft Punk at this year's Grammy Awards.

The unlikely pairing will be the French duo's first performance in support of their latest album, "Random Access Memories," and will also feature Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

Daft Punk are nominated for five Grammy awards, including Album of the Year (Random Access Memories), Record of the Year ("Get Lucky"), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("Get Lucky"), Best Dance/Electronica Album ("Random Access Memories") and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (Random Access Memories).

The duo last pl...
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Eddie Murphy To Trade Punches With Stevie Wonder In New Mockumentary?

November 21st, 2013 10:13am EST
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy is turning his return to stand-up comedy into a new "mockumentary", featuring Stevie Wonder and a cast of funny characters.

The 52 year-old actor has been working on a stage comeback for some time and now he's working on a new film which will chronicle the return to his roots.

Murphy explains, "I am doing kind of like a semi-autobiographical kinda mockumentary-type movie... There's some music in it. It's kinda like me putting together a stage show... putting a band together and coming up with jokes... and just showing how the whole process comes together.

"There are chara...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Ladies Rule Again On Stevie Wonder Night

April 23rd, 2013 11:55am EDT
Dancing with the Stars
In week six of the competition for the mirror ball we saw Stevie Wonder visit the Ballroom on “Dancing with the Stars” to celebrate 50 years of making music. Not only were all of the songs Wonder hits, they were performed by Wonder himself.

The remaining eight celebs and their partners had to perform two dances this week – their individual dance and a team dance. Each week we've seen the top spot taken by one of the ladies and this week was no different. By the end of the performance filled night, all three of the judges had issued a 10 and Stevie was ready to make a return visit next year...
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Stevie Wonder Reprimands Lil Wayne Over Emmett Till Lyric

February 15th, 2013 12:24pm EST
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder has publicly chastised Lil Wayne for rapping about assassinated African-American teenager Emmett Till in a leaked song.

The Lollipop star hit headlines this week when an unauthorized remix of Karate Chop, his collaboration with rapper Future, was leaked online.

The song featured a crude reference to 14-year-old Till, who was beaten and shot to death in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman, and prompted bosses at Epic Records to issue an apology and vow to remove the track from the web.

Now, Wonder has waded into the debate and criticized Wayne for...
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Stevie Wonder Donates $100,000 To Child Cancer Patient

December 18th, 2012 9:15am EST
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder has followed Charlie Sheen's lead by donating $100,000 to help a young girl fighting cancer.

The former Two and a Half Men star showed his generous side earlier this month by handing over $75,000 to a charity set up in honor of 10-year-old Jasmine Faulk, who is suffering from childhood rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the muscle tissue.

Wonder went a step further on Saturday by bringing the youngster and her father up onstage with him during his show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The legendary singer serenaded Faulk with his hit track Isn't She Lovely before handing he...
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Two Plead No Contest Over Stevie Wonder Extortion Plot

September 25th, 2012 9:11am EDT
Stevie Wonder
Two people accused of attempting to blackmail Stevie Wonder have been freed from jail and ordered to stay away from the singer after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

Alpha Walker - who allegedly falsely claimed to be related to Wonder - was sentenced to 292 days behind bars after pleading no contest to a charge against him and he was freed on time already served.

Walker, 38, and his 38-year-old girlfriend Tamara Diaz had been charged with attempted extortion over claims they threatened to sell false information about the star unless he paid them $5 million. Diaz also entered a no ...
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Stevie Wonder Files For Divorce From Kai Millard Morris

August 3rd, 2012 12:26pm EDT
Stevie Wonder
Soul legend Stevie Wonder has filed divorce papers to end his 11-year marriage.

The Isn't She Lovely? icon, real name Stevland Morris, claims he has been separated from his second wife, Kai Millard Morris, since October, 2009, and cites irreconcilable differences for the split.

Wonder, 62, is asking for joint custody of the couple's two sons - Kailand, 10, and Mandla, seven. He has agreed to pay Morris spousal and child support, according to TMZ.com.

The blind singer wed fashion designer Morris in 2001. He was previously married to singer Syreeta Wright.
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Dick Clark Honored At Memorial By Cast Of Stars

May 7th, 2012 10:48am EDT
Dick Clark
Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Fergie and Paul Stanley were among the stars who turned out to honour TV legend Dick Clark at a memorial service at his home in California last week.

The beloved entertainer passed away last month at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack, and a host of famous faces turned out to remember Clark at a private tribute in the grounds of his Malibu mansion last Thursday.

More than three hundred friends and colleagues attended the service, including KISS bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Reba McEntire, Fergie and her husband Josh Duhamel, Marie Osmond,...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 13 Sing Stevie Wonder And Whitney Houston

March 8th, 2012 9:38am EST
AMERICAN IDOL: Phillip Phillips performs
Last night was ‘American Idol’s’ 400th show, and in honor of that, I’m going to list the top 400 contestants of all time. In order.

No. That’s not going to happen. But I am wondering where this cast of characters fits in with the other contestant pools from year’s past. There’s kind of a smattering of everything here. You’ve got some soul, some country, some rock/alternative, a nice mix. Normally we’ve seen a lot of pop or rock or something as a bit of a theme throughout the contestants. This year, it’s almost a clash of styles as much as it is singers. Something I think will be very inter...
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The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined

February 21st, 2012 2:00pm EST
The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined
When you look at someone who succeeds in a certain field, there are always numerous factors on why that person’s particular talent is above the rest and he or she seems to always excel. Take Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington, and even Albert Pujols, and it is evident that these special talents have not only shown the world their skills, but also inherited the proficiency of their particular areas. They do it for the art of their field. Not that sports and music goes hand in hand because they don’t, it’s just those particular athletes love their arena. And becaus...
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Clive Davis, Stevie Wonder, Kevin Costner & Others Line Up To Remember Whitney Houston At Funeral

February 19th, 2012 10:30am EST
Whitney Houston
Music mogul Clive Davis, actor Kevin Costner and singers Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys were among those who gathered to remember the life of tragic superstar Whitney Houston during a private funeral service in her native New Jersey on Saturday.

With flags at half mast across the state, grieving friends and family members shuffled inside the singer's childhood place of worship, the New Hope Baptist Church, in Newark to mourn the loss of the music icon.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Houston's 18-year-old child with ex-husband Bobby Brown, her cousin Dionne Warwick and mother Cissy were all in atten...
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Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral Coverage Live Here

February 18th, 2012 11:00am EST
Whitney Houston
Today, around 12:00pm ET, millions of fans from around the world will be given an opportunity to bid farewell to pop superstar Whtiney Houston and watch live coverage of her funeral on Ustream.

It will be exactly one week after her tragic and untimely death.

Kevin Costner, who co-starred with Whitney in The Bodyguard, will reportedly speak at her funeral in New Jersey. The late superstar's longtime friend and mentor Clive Davis is also expected to speak and gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy.

Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the star-studded s...
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Family & Close Friends Attend Whitney Houston's Wake

February 18th, 2012 10:00am EST
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's mother, daughter, cousin Dionne Warwick and mentor Clive Davis paid their respects to the singer at a private wake on Friday evening.

Just a day before the superstar's funeral in New Jersey on Saturday, Houston's loved ones visited the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, where her body was transported to following her death in Los Angeles last week.

Hundreds of fans lined the street outside the funeral parlor, where floral tributes were laid in the star's honor.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, her daughter with ex-husband Bobby Brown, was accompanied to the wake by her grandmother Ci...
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Mel Gibson Tried To Help Whitney Houston Get Off Drugs

February 18th, 2012 9:30am EST
Mel Gibson & Whitney Houston
Mel Gibson reached out to Whitney Houston and tried to help the superstar overcome her personal issues at the height of her drug troubles, according to a new report.

The actor previously came to the aid of Britney Spears following her public meltdown in 2008 and offered up his estate in Costa Rica as a refuge for the pop star to recover from her struggles away from the spotlight.

Now TMZ.com reports Gibson also attempted to come to the rescue of Houston while she battled an addiction to cocaine, marijuana and other drugs in the early 2000s.

Website editors claim the actor visited Houston...
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Christina Aguilera Belts Out 'At Last' At Etta James' Funeral (Watch It)

January 29th, 2012 12:05pm EST
Christina Aguilera
Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera paid their respects to Etta James at the blues legend's funeral in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Wonder performed three songs, including Shelter in the Rain, for the hundreds of mourners who gathered at Greater Bethany Community Church to remember James, who died from complications of leukemia on January 20 at the age of 73.

Aguilera performed At Last and introduced her tribute by saying, "Out of all the singers that I've ever heard, she was the one that cut right to my soul and spoke to me. So tonight, Etta, this song is for you."

Civil rights leader Reve...
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Stevie Wonder And Mariah Carey Are 2012 BET Honors Winners

December 12th, 2011 2:27pm EST
Stevie Wonder
Hit-makers Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey are to be recognized at the 2012 BET Honors for their outstanding contributions to African-American culture.

Each year BET Network hands out trophies to a handful of extraordinary legends and next year Wonder will pick up the accolade in the musical arts category, while Carey will take home the prize for best entertainer.

Also receiving tributes are renowned poet Maya Angelou for her literary arts achievements and filmmaker Spike Lee for his work in the media.

The star-studded ceremony will be hosted by actress Gabrielle Union and take place a...
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Bret Michaels & Cyndi Lauper To Lead Mardi Gras Carnival Celebrations

December 8th, 2011 10:10am EST
Bret Michaels
Rocker Bret Michaels and pop veteran Cyndi Lauper will help to get the 2012 Mardi Gras carnival celebrations started as the grand marshalls of crooner Harry Connick, Jr.'s annual parade in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The singers will reign over the Orpheus parade as the celebrity king and queen of the event, which will take place on February 20.

Previous stars who have led the celebrations include actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Sandra Bullock, and singer Stevie Wonder.

The Orpheus Parade was founded by Connick Jr. - a New Orleans native - in 1993. The star-studded parade will hit the streets ...
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Stevie Wonder To Compete On 'Dancing With The Stars'

December 1st, 2011 10:00am EST
Stevie Wonder
Blind soul legend Stevie Wonder is losing weight so he can look good while competing on TV show "Dancing With The Stars."

The singer insists he's deadly serious about showing off his dancefloor moves on the show.

Announcing the news on Wednesday's Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wonder said, "I'm losing weight. When I get to where I feel like I'm gonna look good enough for what I wanna do I'll do that."

He'll be the first blind celebrity to dance on the show but not the first with a major disability - deaf actress Marlee Matlin and her partner Fabian Sanchez finished seventh in the contest in 2008...
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Bette Midler To Host A 'Hulaween' Costume Party

October 28th, 2011 10:31am EDT
Bette Midler
Bette Midler is throwing a star-studded Halloween costume party on Friday to raise money for charity.

A whole host of famous faces - including Debra Messing, Alan Cumming and Thalia - will dress up in outfits inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday for Midler's Hulaween extravaganza at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Soul star Stevie Wonder will provide the entertainment for the evening, while fashion designer Michael Kors will judge the costume contest.

All cash raised at the gala will benefit Midler's New York Restoration Project, which helps th...
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Sting To Celebrate His 60th Birthday With Charity Concert

August 31st, 2011 7:46am EDT
Sting
Sting will celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday in style - he's staging a charity concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder.

The rocker, who turns the milestone on October 2nd, is to mark the date with a charity show, and he's invited his showbiz pals to take to the stage with him in New York.

Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am, Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel are also among the stars set to play the one-off concert, to raise funds for anti-poverty charity the Robin Hood Foundation.

The gig, which also marks the 25th anniversary of Sting's solo care...
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Stevie Wonder To Donate $10,000 A Year So Blind People Can Feel Face Of Martin Luther King Jr.

August 25th, 2011 9:55pm EDT
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder has created a foundation for blind visitors to fully experience the majesty of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s new memorial in Washington, D.C.

King's face and torso have been carved in stone and the memorial will officially be unveiled at the National Mall next week.

Sightless soul man Wonder was able to touch his hero's stone face during a ceremony earlier this week - and now he's making it possible for other blind people to get a feel for the monument.

Announcing his plans at a gala on Wednesday night, Wonder said, "Through the Wonder Foundation, I commit $10,000 a year tha...
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Tom Hanks, Jay-Z & Other Stars Join Obama For 50th Birthday Bash

August 6th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks, rapper Jay-Z and comedian Chris Rock were among the special guests invited to the White House on Thursday to celebrate President Barack Obama's 50th birthday.

The leader marked the milestone with a big bash attended by a host of top politicians, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, while stars from the worlds of music, Hollywood and sport also joined in the fun.

Guests were treated to performances by jazz legend Herbie Hancock, soul superstar Stevie Wonder and R&B singer Ledisi, reports TheWrap.com.

Rock took to his Twitter.com b...
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Michael Jackson Voted 'The Greatest Singer Of All Time'

June 22nd, 2011 11:00am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson has been named the "Greatest Singer Of All Time" in a new poll, just days ahead of the second anniversary of his death.

The "Thriller" hitmaker passed away on June 25, 2009, after suffering a cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of anaesthetic Propofol, and fans have honored the late star by voting him into top place in a new NME.com poll.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury came a close second, while Elvis Presley placed third.

Guns N' Roses star Axl Rose came in fourth and John Lennon rounded out the top five.

David Bowie, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and...
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Stevie Wonder Inducted Into Apollo Theater Hall Of Fame

June 14th, 2011 11:59pm EDT
Stevie Wonder
Soul legend Stevie Wonder has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at New York's fabled Apollo Theater.

The "Isn't She Lovely?" hitmaker was honored at the Apollo's spring gala event on Monday night, with veteran crooner Tony Bennett on hand to present him with a special award.

The induction is a significant one for Wonder - he started his career at the Apollo in 1962 when he was just 12 years old.

Speaking at the gala in his honor, the blind icon says, "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 g...
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs To Receive ASCAP Award

May 26th, 2011 8:23am EDT
Sean Diddy Combs
Sean 'Diddy' Combs will be honored with a special prize from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) next month.

The hip-hop star will be feted for his songwriting skills at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles on June 24th.

Combs will be handed the Founders Award, following in the footsteps of other famous recipients including Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson and Paul McCartney.

The rapper admits he is delighted with the honor, telling Allhiphop.com in a statement, "To be recognized for my contributions to mu...
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Chaka Khan Honored With Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star (See Photos)

May 20th, 2011 8:48am EDT
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan burst into an impromptu performance with Stevie Wonder as she unveiled her Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Thursday.

The I'm Every Woman hit-maker was given the 2,440th plaque on a section of the Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, and her proud family was on hand to see the singer accept the honor.

Stevie Wonder also attended the ceremony and teamed up with his pal to treat the crowds to a rendition of her 1974 hit Tell Me Something Good. Speaking about the legendary singer, Wonder said, "We're all very excited for Chaka."

Khan also spoke of her pride at landing a star, de...
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40th Anniversary Tributes And Releases For Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' Planned

May 12th, 2011 11:30pm EDT
Marvin Gaye
Soul legend Marvin Gaye's groundbreaking "What's Going On?" album is set for a 40th anniversary celebration featuring re-releases, rare cuts and celebrity tributes.

The classic hit stores on May 21, 1971 and quickly became one of the most important albums ever released, featuring a reflective Gaye musing on the troubles of the day.

The album spawned the hits "What's Going On, Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)."

To celebrate the anniversary, record label Motown is releasing "What's Going On" - Super Deluxe Edition, which features two CDs and one vi...
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