Stevie Wonder Awarded Gershwin Prize

February 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
President Obama honored Wonder with the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for popular song. "I think it's fair to say that had I not been a Stevie Wonder fan Michelle might not have dated me. We might not have married. The fact that we agreed on Steve was part of the essence of our courtship," said Obama.

It was a Stevie Wonder song, "You and I," that they first danced to at their wedding. The president said, Wonder's music was "the soundtrack of his youth." "Through them I found peace and inspiration, especially in difficult times."

"The first album I ever bought was Stevie Wonder's 'Talking Book.' I'd go to my grandfather's because he as a real music junkie. He'd blast music throughout the house and that's where he and I would sit and listen to Stevie's music together. Songs about life, love, romance, heartache, despair," said Michelle Obama.

Stevie Wonder songs were a staple at campaign rallies during the Obama campaign, and it was Stevie Wonder music being performed by the likes of will.i.am, India Arie, and Tony Bennett at the White House Wednesday night as the music legend was awarded the Gershwin Prize for his life-long achievements in popular music. It turns out the feelings the Obama's have for Stevie Wonder, are mutual.

"My children will be able to say 'I was born where there was the first African American president - I can do that too,'" wonder said, "they can live that dream that Dr. King talked about so long ago."

A PBS concert Thursday night will honor Stevie Wonder, who has won 25 Grammy's. And perhaps, more importantly, helped the president win the heart of the first lady.

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