Obama to honour “musical hero” Stevie Wonder with Gershwin Prize

February 26th, 2009 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI  

London, February 26 (ANI): U.S. President Barack Obama will be honouring multi-Grammy winning soul legend Stevie Wonder, 58, with the Library of Congress’s 2nd annual Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House.

Wonder receive the honour at a concert hosted by the President and his wife, Michelle. He will also give a performance at the concert.

Paul Simon, the only other recipient of the Gershwin Prize, is also set to give a performance.

Wonder was a high-profile backer of Obama during the election campaign, and performed at a number of fundraisers.

According to the Daily Express, Obama said in an interview with Rolling Stone last year: “If I had one musical hero, it would have to be Stevie Wonder. When I was at the point where you start getting involved in music, Stevie had that run with Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Fulfillingness’ First Final and Innervisions, and then Songs in the Key of Life. Those are as brilliant a set of five albums as we’ve ever seen.” (ANI)

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