The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will present “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All Star Grammy Salute,” a primetime entertainment special that will celebrate the iconic songbook and remarkable legacy of the 25-time Grammy Award winner.
The two-hour show was taped Tuesday, Feb. 10, two days after the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and will be broadcast tonight, Feb. 16, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/ PT) on the CBS Television Network.
In the 56-year history of the Grammy Awards, Wonder is the only artist to have received Album of the Year honors in three out of four consecutive years with Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974) and the seminal Songs In The Key Of Life (1976). With a catalog that is one of the richest treasure troves of American music, his songs are still relevant and influential on today’s musical landscape, and his longevity as one of America’s – and the world’s – most respected and beloved artists is well-earned.
“Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All Star Grammy Salute” will feature some of today’s top artists covering songs by the legendary Grammy winner, as well as other archival material. In addition, various presenters will help highlight the historical impact of Wonder’s songs on music and culture.
“Stevie Wonder is a beloved icon whose golden songbook remains one of America’s and music’s greatest treasures,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “A 25-time GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, it’s only fitting that Music’s Biggest Night celebrates this legendary musical genius and pays tribute to his enduring music and legacy.”
“Some of my most memorable television experiences have been with my friend Stevie, both on the Grammys and off, and to be able to celebrate him in a way that only the Grammy stage allows is a treat that I’ve looked forward to for a long time,” said Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. “He is truly deserving of the term that is often used about him – an American treasure – and the night of Feb. 10, when we tape this show, is going to be an amazing time.”
“Stevie Wonder epitomizes the very spirit of the GRAMMYs. His music is as poignant as it is appealing and his songs have the ability to illustrate our world in every note,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “We are thrilled to pay tribute to this legendary man and musician. His influence is present in so much of today’s greatest music. This salute will give everyone he’s inspired a chance to show our esteem.”
“Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All Star Grammy Salute” continues the tradition begun this past year with “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute,” a two-and-a-half-hour special that celebrated the legacy of the seven-time Grammy-winning group. The Beatles special ultimately garnered 20 million viewers and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction (for Music Director Don Was).
The above press release was issued by CBS.