Stevie Wonder

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Dallas Chief's Stevie Wonder Speech Resonates

Chief David Brown delivered soulful tribute at memorial service

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a stirring call for unity at Tuesday's memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers, but the city's top cop's soulful tribute is the one getting the most attention. Dallas Police Chief David Brown recited lyrics from Stevie Wonder's "As," explaining... More »

Stevie Wonder: Lawyer Used My Blindness to Cheat Me

He says he was duped on royalties in contract he couldn't see

(Newser) - Stevie Wonder says he trusted the wrong man when he signed a contract he couldn't see. The singer is suing the estate of longtime lawyer Johanan Vigoda, saying that when he was 21, Vigoda had him sign a contract that gave the lawyer 6% of his royalties, TMZ reports.... More »

'Impossible Orchestra' Performs Beach Boys Classic

Supergroup includes Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, and many more

(Newser) - The BBC managed to put together one of the greatest "supergroups" of all time: 27 famous artists who came together to perform the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows." Brian Wilson is there, of course, but other singers include Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Kylie Minogue, Dave... More »

Celebs Boycotting Florida Over Zimmerman Verdict

A whole slew reportedly joining Stevie Wonder

(Newser) - Because really, who hasn't been tempted to boycott the Sunshine State in its entirety ? Stevie Wonder started it last week, when he announced he was done with Florida in protest of George Zimmerman's acquittal and the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. Until the law... More »

Obamas, Bidens Hit Inaugural Balls

Michelle Obama glows in Jason Wu gown

(Newser) - There were just two inaugural balls this time instead of 2009's 10, but the Obamas and Bidens made them count. The president thanked troops in Afghanistan via videolink from the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball and he and Michelle danced with several members of the military before heading to the Inaugural... More »

AMA's Big Winner: a Canadian

Justin Bieber dominates the night with 3 awards

(Newser) - The big winner at last night's American Music Awards was ... a Canadian. Justin Bieber won artist of the year, which he also grabbed in 2010, as well as favorite pop/rock male artist and favorite pop/rock album. "I want to say this is for all the haters who thought... More »

Stevie Wonder Files for Divorce

He and Kai Millard Morris have been separated for a while

(Newser) - Stevie Wonder has filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years, reports Reuters . It's not a huge surprise, though, given that he and fashion designer Kai Millard Morris have been separated since 2009, notes the Daily News . Wonder wants joint custody of their two boys, ages 10 and... More »

Lady Gaga Channels Marilyn at Clinton Fete

Usher rips his pants, Bono sings opera, the usual

(Newser) - In perhaps a case of history repeating itself, a blonde bombshell serenaded a notoriously libidinous Democratic president last night: But this time it was Lady Gaga sending up Bill Clinton, so things wouldn't have been complete without some extra raunch and an F-bomb. Appearing at last night's "... More »

Motown Legends Play White House

Obamas host celebration of Detroit sound

(Newser) - The White House grooved to the Motown sound at a star-studded celebration Thursday night. Before artists including John Legend, Seal and Jamie Foxx took the stage, President Obama called Motown music "the soundtrack of the civil rights era" and credited the Detroit sound with helping "blur the line... More »

See the Playlist for Chelsea Clinton's $2M Wedding

Someone really likes Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder

(Newser) - Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding playlist has a boomer slant so strong that it suggests the thirtysomethings like the same music as their parents—or that someone's pulling TMZ 's leg. Selections include hits by Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Sam Cooke, and Michael Jackson. And they'd better be pretty... More »

Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z Juice Bonnaroo

Show closes tonight with DMB

(Newser) - Stevie Wonder galvanized Bonnaroo last night with a sweaty, irresistible nighttime performance, an act that headliner Jay-Z followed with torrid, flawless bombast, writes the AP. The two took the Bonnaroo main stage in succession, pumping the festival crowd—some 75,000 in total—full of energy. The day's acts also... More »

Guess What's on the First Lady's iPod?

Important info is revealed at Take Your Kids to Work Day

(Newser) - Michelle Obama was both serious (addressing childhood obesity) and silly (attempting to tame the family dog) yesterday during the White House’s Take Your Children to Work Day, but the most pressing issue raised by far: What music is on her iPod? Her answer, geared toward the kids in the... More »

Nostalgia Rules in Super Bowl Ads

From Betty White to Stevie Wonder, these ads bank on the familiar

(Newser) - Yes, there were still the requisite ads using slapstick violence to get a laugh, or objectifying women—but the reigning theme of this year's Super Bowl commercials was nostalgia. Thanks to the economy, many advertisers used familiar faces to pitch products, writes Stuart Elliott in the New York Times . A... More »

'Trailblazer' Shriver Laid to Rest

Special Olympian: she was 'Queen of humanity'

(Newser) - At today's funeral Mass for Eunice Kennedy Shriver, daughter Maria called her a “trailblazer” who “was scary smart and not afraid to show it,” the Cape Cod Times reports. Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Joe Biden, and Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the private service for the Special Olympics founder... More »

Guest List Solidifies; Liz Taylor Won't Attend

(Newser) - The star-studded guest list for the Michael Jackson memorial service tomorrow in Los Angeles doesn't include Elizabeth Taylor, but the legendary actress is sure her dear friend would understand, People reports. "I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others,"... More »

Forget Thriller: Off the Wall Was His Best

(Newser) - It’s no exaggeration to say that Michael Jackson “made a more profound impact in the arenas of soul, R&B and dance-pop than any other singer or songwriter in history,” writes Jim DeRogatis in the Chicago Sun-Times. But while many fans reach for Thriller, “widely considered... More »

Stevie Finds Wonder Amid the 'Craziness'

Songsmith hits road for third time in 2 years

(Newser) - Stevie Wonder’s back on tour for the third time in less than 2 years, a treat for fans after a long drought. And while it’s been a big year for him—an inauguration performance, a Gershwin Prize—events like the Holocaust Museum shooting have him worried and writing.... More »

11 Killed in Morocco Concert Stampede

(Newser) - At least 11 people were killed by a fan stampede after a Moroccan concert, reports the BBC. Some 40 others were injured when a wire fence collapsed, causing a mob to surge forward at the event packed with 70,000 spectators. The Rabat event was part of the week-long Mawazine... More »

Obama Shrewdly Opens Up White House, Boogies Down

(Newser) - When Barack Obama invited Stevie Wonder and 150 music lovers to the White House for a concert, it wasn’t just an excuse to hang out with a favorite musician. It was part of a carefully crafted political strategy to open up the White House, the New York Times reports.... More »

Obamas Honor Stevie Wonder

Soul legend gets lifetime achievement award, White House concert

(Newser) - The First Couple last night honored Stevie Wonder with an award, a White House concert and an acknowledgment of the role his music has played in their relationship, reports ABC News. The president presented the Motown legend with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song lifetime achievement award. Guests, including Paul... More »

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