By Marissa G. Muller
After a quick tribute during the GRAMMYs telecast, Stevie Wonder got an all-star salute.
Last night (Feb. 16), “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute” aired on CBS after being taped last week, revealing tribute performances to the legendary artist by Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Ne-Yo, Andrea Bocelli, Gary Clark Jr., Janelle Monae and India.Arie. Celebrities like Tyler Perry, Maya Rudolph, and Jamie Fox were also in the building, working as presenters.
With a roster like that, there was no shortage of highlights. Among the musical ones: A cover of “Higher Ground” by Beyoncé, Gary Clark Jr., and Ed Sheeran. Wonder’s “Fingertips” and “Jammin” were other tracks that Beyoncé put her stamp on, solo.
Ariana Grande and Babyface gave a falsetto’d rendition of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Ne-Yo and Aisha Morris took on “Isn’t She Lovely.” Paul McCartney, who was honored for The Beatles during last year’s GRAMMYs, also participated in the celebration. He delivered a video message to Wonder, reflecting on their relationship over the years and his early memories of the singer-songwriter.
As much as the evening honored Wonder’s past accomplishments however, it was also a teaser of his work to come.