Wonder Perspective on Politics

Paul Williams, Stevie Wonder and Janelle Monae

ASCAP President Paul Williams (left) and Janelle Monáe present Stevie Wonder with ASCAP’s inaugural Key of Life Award, which will be presented annually to musicians who best exemplify Wonder’s commitment to the art form, though talent, dedication and “unparalleled heart.” (Photo: Lester Cohen /Wireimage)

Stevie Wonder intrigued fans with his political views — including a tentative bid for presidency — even as he delighted them with musical reminiscence and impromptu performances at his keynote address at the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, Saturday, April 16, 2017. The ASCAP meet was at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, while Wonder held forth next door in the Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Wonder was interviewed onstage by Janelle Monáe, who occasionally provided vocal backup on songs included “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Superstition” and the debut tune, “Where is Our Love Song,” which addresses the current state of world events. Read about Wonder’s political insights in this Variety article written by MaxTheTrax’s Paula Parisi.

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