Stevie Wonder Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Published: 2006-10-20
Stevie Wonder, legendary singer-songwriter and producer, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

Each year, the museum honours individuals who have made contributions to civil rights. This year the museum presented civil rights activist Dr. Joseph Lowery with the National Freedom Award and Dr. Bernard Kouchner, who co-founded Doctors Without Borders, with the International Freedom Award.

Wonder began his career at the young age of 11 and has earned 24 Grammys and sold over 70 million albums during a career that has spanned five decades. In addition to an outstanding musical career, the influential Motown icon has also been known to add his name and talents to a number of good causes.

This award will be another in a series of awards paying tribute to Wonder's humanitarian work. Over the years, he has been recognized for his efforts by the Employment of Handicapped People, the Children's Diabetes Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Rehabilitation Hospital and the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Wonder was also instrumental in making Martin Luther King Day a national holiday.

Last year he released A Times To Love, his first studio album since 1995.

Writer: Meghan Wubs


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