A Time To Love - Press Release
Universal Motown Records
Stevie Wonder Garners Six Grammy Nominations, Five for
Acclaimed Album, 'A Time To Love'
Thursday December 08, 2005
NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Motown icon Stevie Wonder
picked up six Grammy nominations today, five for his recently released
album, A Time To Love, his first studio album in more than 10 years,
featuring 15 new Wonder classics. The new disc, one of the premier
Motown releases of this decade, was nominated for Best R&B Album, with
the title track (featuring label mate India.Arie) being nominated for
Best Pop Vocal Collaboration With Vocals. Other nominations include Best
Male R&B Vocal Performance: "So What The Fuss," Best Male Pop Vocal
Performance: "From The Bottom Of My Heart," and Best R&B Performance By
A Duo Or A Group With Vocals: "How Will I Know," featuring Stevie's
daughter Aisha Morris. Stevie was also honored in that category for his
duet with Beyonce for "So Amazing," for their contribution to the An
All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross CD.
The nominations for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards were announced in
New York City this morning, with the awards being handed out on February
8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and to broadcast live on CBS.
For the prolific Wonder, who has already won 22 Grammy's and has
received the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the six nods
are confirmation that A Time To Love's evocative themes of the
restorative power of love are connecting with both peers and fans.
Other highlights of A Time To Love include "If Your Love Cannot Be
Moved," (featuring Kim Burrell), "Positivity," (also featuring his
daughter Aisha Morris), and the uplifting "Shelter In The Rain,"
featuring gospel legend Kirk Franklin directing the angelic chorus on a
song which has been embraced as a soothing anthem of inspiration for
victims and survivors of the devastating hurricanes that ravaged the
gulf coast. A Time To Love also includes guest appearances by Prince and
Sir Paul McCartney, who plays acoustic and electric guitar on the title
"Shelter In The Rain, "was specially serviced to Gospel and
Christian radio stations, with all proceeds from the single directed to
Stevie's charity organization The Wonder Foundation, which has earmarked
the donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
For more than four decades, Stevie Wonder has remained one of the
most profound artists of our lifetime, selling more than 70 million
records worldwide, and receiving hundreds of honors and awards
throughout his career.
A tireless humanitarian and champion for political and social
justice, Wonder was the preeminent force behind the Martin Luther King
holiday and USA For Africa, as well as helping to raise awareness about
the AIDS epidemic and the scourge of Apartheid in South Africa. A
leading voice in the fight against world hunger, Wonder also led a
"Charge Against Hunger" in conjunction with American Express, which
raised over $150 million dollars to feed nearly six million African
Americans yearly. Most recently, Wonder was honored by the United Negro
College Fund's Evening Of Stars Tribute to the artist, for his longtime
work on behalf of the UNCF.
As a special treat for his hometown Motown fans, Stevie Wonder is
scheduled to perform at the pre-game show for the Superbowl XL at
Detroit's Ford Field on February 5th.