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Latest News 2004

[17] Stevie will be among many artists paying tribute to Quincy Jones at the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) annual televised fundraiser on January 8th 2005. Click here for details.
[15] After receiving his Billboard Century Award on Dec. 8th Stevie hinted that he would tour to support his upcoming album in May 2005.
[13] Stevie along with Take 6 have been nominated for the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals Grammy for Moon River a track from the Henry Mancini Tribute CD.
[06] Stevie's annual House Full of Toys benefit concert in aid of underprivileged children takes place on Dec. 18. Featured artists include Alicia Keys and Joss Stone. Visit site for further details.
[15] Revised release date forA Time 2 Love is April 2005. Click here for Reuters press release.
[10] Stevie speaks to Billboard magazine ahead of receiving Century Award. Click here to read interview.
[04] Stevie raps Eminem for Jackson Criticism. Click here for story.

[02] Stevie took to the U.S. Presidential campaign on November 1st in support of Democratic candidate John Kerry. Clickhere for pictures.

[20] Stevie will be this year's recipient of Billboard magazine's Century Award. The publication's highest honour will be presented on Dec. 8 and will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will air live on Fox.  

[24] Stevie and comedian Robin Williams will appear at a fundraiser on Friday 1st Oct. in Chicago for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama.  
[22] BET's annual Walk Of Fame this year honours Smokey Robinson. Stevie along with India.Arie, Joss Stone, Gerald Levert, Usher and more will be on hand to pay tribute. The show will air on Tuesday, October 26.
[14] Stevie guests on Rod Stewart's forthcoming album due Oct. 19, "Stardust... The Great American Songbook: Volume III". He will be playing harmonica on a cover version of Louis Armstrong's 'What a Wonderful World'
[14] Stevie along with Norah Jones, Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Usher are among performers who will appear on October 8 at Staples Centre, Los Angeles to pay tribute to the late Ray Charles. The event will be taped for later broadcast on CBS.

[12] MTV Music Awards 2004: Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder teamed for her hit "If I Ain't Got You" and then launched into rousing rendition of Stevie’s “Higher Ground.” After the show Ms. Keys said, "It was a dream come true for me. I know this is something that I will never forget for my entire career."
[13] Stevie was among many celebrities at the funeral of Rick James (Aug 12). He sang the traditional song "I've Had Some Good Days," and told the crowd: "We're here to celebrate a father, a husband, a brother, a friend, a son ... to celebrate life."  

[08] Stevie's Scandinavian concert schedule is: Molde, Norway, (July 15), Stockholm, Sweden, (July 17) and Pori, Finland, (July 18).
[06] RIPSyreeta Wright 03.Aug.1946 - 5.July.2004 Syreeta Wright, the former wife and collaborator of Stevie Wonder, has died at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. She started at Motown as a secretary before teaming up with Stevie as a song-writing partner. Her biggest hit was 'With You I'm Born Again' a duet with Billy Preston in 1980. She released her first album 'Syreeta' in 1972 but it was 'Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta' which launched her career. The Wonder produced album is considered one of the great 'lost' soul albums of the 70's. Stevie and Syreeta always remained close friends, and on his recent interview with Oprah he mentioned her illness and sang 'Syreeta I love you' during a rendition of If You Really Love Me a song they wrote together. Condolences to the family and to Stevie.

[19] It appears as if the new album has again been delayed. It was recently deleted from Motown's July's release list. No new date has yet been set, but keep checking back here for further updates.
[13] Stevie is scheduled to perform at Ray Charles' funeral set for Friday June 18th at Los Angeles' First AME Church..
[10] Ray Charles dies. Stevie paid tribute to a man who was a tremendous influence, saying 'Ray Charles gave the world a lot of love in his music. I often wish for is an end to hate and the cure for hate is love -- and Charles expressed much love in his music.' Stevie's second album, at the age of 11, was called 'A Tribute To Uncle Ray'
[08] Stevie performs 3 new songs on the Oprah Winfrey Show. 'What The Fuss', most likely the first single from the forthcoming album, 'How Will I Know' a duet with his daughter, Aisha and an unnamed track.

[29] New album release date now pushed back to July 27th.
[27] Stevie received the artistic achievement award at the annual T.J. Martell Foundation dinner.
[13] May 13th -Happy Birthday Stevie

[26] Stevie will perform at the Stockholm Jazz festival on Saturday July 17th. Click here for further details.
[22] Stevie has been included in the Rolling Stone Magazine's list of Rock's 50 Immortals in their April 2004 issue. Click here for tribute by Sir Elton John.
[19] Stevie Wonder has been selected as recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award by The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame. The award will be presented June 10 2004. "The Johnny Mercer Award goes to a 'songwriter's songwriter,"' Hal David, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said. "I can think of no one who is more deserving of this accolade than Stevie Wonder. His music is known and loved around the world and has made a difference in the lives of so many."
[18] Stevie is scheduled to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show on June 8th (in the US). Click here for a preview.
[18] Re-scheduled release date for new album is June 8th in the US. Japanese release date appears to be 25th May.
[12] 'Ultimate Mancini', a tribute album to composer Henry Mancini, features a guest performance by Stevie playing harmonica on Moon River.

[25] Stevie Wonder to perform in Ghana for charity. The concert will raise funds to support under-privileged children in the country. It will be held on the April 3 at the International Conference Centre.
[22] A new book written by Craig Werner detailing the impact of Soul music is released this month. Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul. (ISBN: 0-609-60993-9)
[19] Word out of Motown Records indicate that Stevie's new album, titled A Time 2 Love is scheduled for release on May 11th.

[09] Stevie will appear at the House of Blues on Friday February 6th in association with American Express. Net proceeds will help to restore music education programs in public schools (US).

[29] Oprah Winfrey had quite a surprise party Thursday morning at her Chicago studios. Celebrity friends including Stevie Wonder, John Travolta, Tina Turner and Jay Leno stopped by to help Oprah celebrate her 50th birthday
[19] Martin Luther King's Daughter Yolanda King is releasing her first book, "Open My Eyes, Open My Soul: Celebrating Our Common Humanity." Compiled with writer Elodia Tate, it has contributions from Stevie Wonder, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Robert Kennedy Jr. and others.
[11] On January 10, 2004, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) will honour Lou Rawls by paying tribute to him on An Evening of Stars 25th Anniversary Celebration – A Tribute to Lou Rawls. The show will feature some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Stevie Wonder, Ashanti, Beyoncé, Yolanda Adams, Musiq and many more. In the US check check local listings for televised schedules.