Obamas Honor Stevie Wonder

Soul legend gets lifetime achievement award, White House concert
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2009 1:46 AM CST

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 Simon and Tony Bennett, honored the musician by performing his songs. Barack and Michelle Obama both spoke about the effect the Wonder's music has had on their lives.

"I think it's fair to say that had I not been a Stevie Wonder fan, Michelle might not have dated me," Obama said. "And I'm not alone. Millions of people around the world have found similar comfort and joy in Stevie's music and its unique capacity to find hope in struggle and humanity in our common hardships." (More Stevie Wonder stories.)

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