WATCH: Stevie Wonder Star-Studded Tribute “Happy Birthday” Finale Video
The “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute,” which aired on Monday, came to poignant and powerful end with a star-studded finale, as more than two dozen celebrities joined Wonder to sing “Happy Birthday.” Watch the video below!
As Gossip Cop reported, top music stars like Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran were among those who participated in the tribute concert, which was taped last week, just two days after the Grammy Awards. Other performers included Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Chris Martin, Usher, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Ne-Yo, Babyface, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Janelle Monae, The Band Perry, and Willie Nelson. That’s in addition to Pharrell, Annie Lennox, Ryan Tedder, Andrea Bocelli, and Gary Clark, Jr. Furthermore, a number of stars, such as Tyler Perry, Maya Rudolph, and Jamie Foxx, were also on hand as presenters, while others, like Jay Z, just came to enjoy the one-of-a-kind concert.
After the various tributes, Wonder took the stage himself to perform a rocking medley, and then was joined by all his famous admirers for a grand finale. Before it began, there was a short piece honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and that’s who Wonder had in mind when he said some parting words. “I cannot leave this stage, this building, this planet without letting you all know how much I thank you. I love you,” began the icon. “I don’t have to know you. I may have not ever met you or may never meet you. But I want you to know that I love you.”
Wonder continued, “I love you, first of all, because the God that I serve says that we should love everyone. I also love you because it feels better to love than to hate. And I believe that if we can just come together, because we must come together, because we are at spiritual warfare, and we must, without question, let the world know that love is king and queen.” The music legend went on to reference King, and concluded, “Love is the key, and you’ve given me love, and I thank you for it.”
He then declared, “Let’s hit it!” and launched into “Happy Birthday,” which was written for King, with the best backing group you’ll probably ever see. Check out the video below!