Music’s Biggest Stars Pay Tribute to Stevie Wonder

by Meredith B. Kile 5:45 PM PST, February 16, 2015
Playing Music’s Biggest Stars Pay Tribute to Stevie Wonder

The GRAMMYs were awarded last week, but Monday night on CBS, some of music's biggest names paid tribute to one artist who has undoubtedly influenced almost every major musician working today: Stevie Wonder.

GRAMMYS: All of the 2015 GRAMMY Performances, Ranked

"I've been listening to his music since I was a child and those chord changes would just do something to me," 2015 GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams told ET.

"Little Stevie Wonder" was signed by iconic producer Berry Gordy at age eleven and grew up in a Motown family that included the like of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye. Though blind since birth, Wonder's lack of sight was never a handicap for the talented musician.

"I'm fine," he said in his first ET interview back in 1983. "I've never seen and you don't always have to see to know that someone is pretty."

Even in the early 1980s, Stevie was focused on his legacy, which would ultimately include 25 GRAMMY Awards.

"I hope I haven't written my favorite song yet, I hope that I haven't achieved my greatest accomplishment yet," the singer told ET. "I hope I won’t achieve that until the last days of my life."

PICS: See the 2015 GRAMMY Award Winners!

The 1996 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY winner has undoubtedly influenced some of the biggest names in music today, and hopes his legacy endures for years to come.

"Some of the songs that I have written will last longer than I have lived, and hopefully on and on and on," Wonder marveled in 2002. "Maybe a hundred years from now someone will sing ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’ or ‘Happy Birthday.'"

Songs in the Key of Life: An All-Star Grammy Salute, which will include performances by Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, Ariana Grande, and many more, aired Sunday night on CBS at 9 p.m.

"He's influenced everyone in music," Ariana Grande told ET, calling Wonder "one of the greatest writers, singers, musicians in the world."

NEWS: GRAMMY Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List

Check out some of the best performances from this year's GRAMMY Awards in the video below.