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White House plans Wonder tribute

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder's music was used in Barack Obama's presidential campaign

Motown legend Stevie Wonder is to be honoured with a concert at the White House later this month.

A spokesperson for US President Barack Obama said the singer will also be presented with a Library of Congress Award on 25 February.

The concert will go out on the PBS network the next day as part of its Performance at the White House series.

Wonder's Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours was a theme song during the Obama presidential campaign.

The now President Obama also used Wonder's Higher Ground song during his campaign stops around the US.

Wonder also performed at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on the night Obama accepted his party's nomination.

Wonder has sold more than 70 million albums since he was signed by Motown Records at the age of 11.

His best known hits include I Just Called To Say I Love You - which won him an Oscar in 1985 - and 1973's Superstition.

He was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 1996 and inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years later.

In 2005, he released his first album in 10 years, A Time to Love. It debuted at number five on the US album charts and has sold 469,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In 2007 he embarked on his first tour of the US in 10 years.

He followed that with a number of sell-out gigs across Europe in 2008.



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