What Are Some Facts About Stevie Wonder?


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Stevie Wonder made his recording debut at age 12. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and he won 15 Grammy awards during the 1970s. Wonder is the father of seven children.

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Stevie Wonder was born prematurely on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. His given name was Steveland Hardaway Judkins. His time in an incubator as an infant exacerbated existing issues with his retinas, and he became permanently blind. At age 11, he auditioned for Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. Impressed, Gordy immediately signed the boy to a record deal. His debut album, "Little Stevie Wonder – The 12 Year Old Genius" was released in 1962.

In 1973, Wonder was involved in an automobile accident while on tour that left him partially without a sense of smell and temporarily impaired his ability to taste. After he recovered, Wonder appeared at a concert in Madison Square Gardens, proving that he was still a talented and dedicated performing artist. Stevie Wonder has recorded more than 30 top 10 U.S. hit singles. He has won 25 Grammy awards, a Lifetime Achievement award and an Academy Award among others. Artists such as Kanye West have listed Wonder as their biggest musical inspiration and U.S. President Barack Obama has called Wonder his favorite artist of all time.

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