Stevie Wonder Inducted Into Apollo Hall Of Fame
Stevie Wonder has become the latest celeb to be honored by the legendary Apollo theater now that he was inducted into their ‘Hall Of Fame’ Monday.
The soul singer, 61, first performed at the Apollo as a child and was reportedly so nervous that he dropped his bongos.
Now years later, the legend was honored by a slew of celebrities including Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Paul Shaffe, Melanie Fiona and Doug E. Fresh.
Bennett had the honor of presenting the award to Wonder who in turn praised him for his commitment to the Apollo and civil rights.
According to The Associated Press Stevie told the audience,
“As much as I may never see the color of his skin, I’m able to feel the color of his spirit. When it was not fashionable to hang out with the brothers and sisters, you did.”
The AP also reports that the singer delved into politics, calling for better health care and criticizing those who fail to help others during his acceptance speech.
He later joked about it, likening it to Kanye West’s infamous comments about George Bush.
“I just did it, I wasn’t even thinking about it. It was on my mind. I kind of did the Kanye (West) and expressed myself.”
Previous Apollo Hall Of Fame inductees include Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown.
Check out pictures of Stevie and songstress Melanie Fiona paying homage to him below.