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Stevie Wonder Inducted Into Apollo Theater Hall Of Fame

June 14th, 2011 11:59pm EDT

Stevie WonderSoul 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 great people that came out to support me being here. It's a great thing to be one of those people in the Hall of Fame for the Apollo."

He also performed at the celebration, teaming up with Bennett, hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh and musician Paul Shaffer.

Other guest performers included singers Yolanda Adams and Raphael Saadiq, and The Roots drummer Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson.

Wonder joins an esteemed group of Apollo Hall of Famers - previous honorees include Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Michael Jackson.

 

Stevie Wonder

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