The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced Stevie Wonder will be the first recipient of the “Key of Life” Award at this year’s annual music event. The presentation will take place with an “I Create Music” Expo April 13-15 in Los Angeles, Calif. where Stevie will render a special “I Create Music” session as the keynote of the event.
Wonder is a Grammy Award winner, composer, producer, songwriter, and is considered a musical genius. “Stevie has deservedly been given every award imaginable,” ASCAP President Paul Williams said. Who could argue? Wonder has won a total of 25 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, along with countless other achievement awards and honors marking a life of unstoppable creativity.
Williams continued, “Yet he continues to innovate and elevate the art of songwriting to the point where no honor can truly capture what he means to his creative kin at ASCAP, and to songwriters and music lovers worldwide. This award has been created as a way to honor his singularly inspirational songwriting career and to recognize his spirit in generations to come.”
Wonder is known for his hits such as “Superstition,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” and “My Cherie Amour,” “Isn’t She Lovely,” among so many others. The Expo is considered ASCAP’s largest conference welcoming songwriters, composers, producers and the like from all over the nation. As many as 3,000 attendees were present at last year’s conference. It is safe to assume this year will attract even more because the event has so much to offer, and because of the honoree.
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