Janelle Monáe, Willie Nelson and Usher will perform as part of a Stevie Wonder tribute presented by the Grammy Awards. Ed Sheeran and Coldplay’s Chris Martin are also on the bill, event organizers announced this morning. More performers are still to be named.
Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute takes place at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Tuesday, February 10, two days after at the Grammys. CBS will air the concert as a two-hour special on Monday, February 15, from 9-11 p.m. EST/PST.
The 57th Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 8, on CBS. Monae has previously been nominated for several Grammys, while Usher, Sheeran and Martin are all up for awards this year. Wonder has won 25 of the statues and is the only person to have received Album of the Year recognition in three out of four straight years, with Innervisions, Fulfillingness’ First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life from 1973 to 1976.
Wonder hasn’t been resting on his laurels. On tour last month, he weighed in from the stage about Eric Garner, Michael Brown and guns. And, well, OK, he has been spending time enjoying some laurels: In November, President Obama awarded Wonder the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Wonder made a surprise appearance at a Monae show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last summer. Below, watch her join Wonder for his classic “Superstition” at 2011′s Rock in Rio. And be sure to read Michaelangelo Matos’s feature Icon: Stevie Wonder.