Stevie Wonder is an American musician,
singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
A child prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of
the late 20th century. He signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11.
He has been blind since shortly after birth.
He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards,
the most ever awarded to a male solo artist, and has sold over 100 million albums
and singles, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists.
Stevland Hardaway Judkins
Also known as
Stevland Hardaway Morris (legal)
Little Stevie Wonder (stage)
May 13, 1950 (age
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
6' ½" (1.84 m)
Soul, pop, R&B, funk, jazz
Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist
Vocals, keyboards, harmonica, drums, congas, bongos, keytar
Tomeeka Robyn Bracy (2012–)
Kai Millard Morris (m. 2001–2012)
Syreeta Wright (m. 1970–1972)
Daughters Aisha Morris and Sophia Morris
Sons Kwame Morris,
Mandla Kadjay Carl Stevland Morris,
Did You Know
• He was part of the
1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a holiday in the United States.
• In 2009 he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
• His blindness was caused by being born premature which caused
development of his eye, causing the blood vessels to detach from the retina
• He also lost his sense of smell due to a 1973 car crash in North Carolina
Stevie Wonder Quotes
Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision.
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.â€?
Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!
Sometimes, I feel I am really blessed to be blind because I probably would not last a minute if I were able to see things.
The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty.
Stevie Wonder Awards
1973 Best Rhythm & Blues Song "Superstition"
1973 Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male "Superstition"
1973 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male "You are the Sunshine of My Life"
1973 Album of the Year Innervisions
1974 Best Rhythm & Blues Song "Living for the City"
1974 Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male "Boogie On Reggae Woman"
1974 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Fulfillingness' First Finale
1974 Album of the Year Fulfillingness' First Finale
1976 Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male "I Wish"
1976 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Songs in the Key of Life
1976 Best Producer of the Year N/A
1976 Album of the Year Songs in the Key of Life
1985 Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male In Square Circle
1986 Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
(awarded to Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Wonder) "That's What Friends are For"
1995 Best Rhythm & Blues Song "For Your Love"
1995 Best Male R&B Vocal Performance "For Your Love"
1998 Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
(awarded to Herbie Hancock, Robert Sadin, and Wonder) "St. Louis Blues"
1998 Best Male R&B Vocal Performance "St. Louis Blues"
2002 Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(awarded to Wonder and Take 6) "Love's in Need of Love Today"
2005 Best Male Pop Vocal Performance "From the Bottom of My Heart"
2005 Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(awarded to Beyoncé and Wonder) "So Amazing"
US Distinguished Service Award, 1969 presented by the US President.
NARM Presidential Award 1974 'in tribute to a man who embodies every facet of the complete musical artist'
ASCAP Founders Award 1984
NARM Artist of the Decade 1985
NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, 1996
United in Recovery's Ambassador of Peace Award, Aug 1998
Songwriters Hall Of Fame
- 1989: Inductee
- 2002: Lifetime Achievement Award
Polar Music prize 1999 (The Royal Swedish Academy of Music)
1999 MusiCares Person of the Year Presented by the GRAMMY Awards committee
Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards Lifetime Achievement Award: 2000
Ivor Novello Awards (UK) - Lifetime Achievement Award: 2001
Billboard Century Award - Lifetime Achievement 2004
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1989)