Stevie Wonder called for universal accessibility for all disabled persons while presenting at the Grammy Awards on Monday night (15Feb16).
The 25-time Grammy winner took to the stage with Pentatonix to pay tribute to the late Maurice White by singing an a cappella version of Earth, Wind & Fire‘s That’s The Way Of The World.
Wonder fronted the group with his lead vocals, as White’s brother and bandmate Verdine White sat in the front row with tears in his eyes.
Following the moving performance, Wonder and Pentatonix presented the prize for Song of the Year, with Wonder holding the winning envelope in his hand.
“I’m gonna pop this open!”, He joked. “Y’all cant read this huh? You cant read braille?”, Wonder said with a taunting voice.
The soul icon then told the crowd at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, “I just want to say that we need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”
And just before announcing the winner, Wonder revealed he predicted the victor when he first heard Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, saying, “And the winner is – and you know what I told my daughter Aisha that it was a great song when I heard it and it has won tonight!”
For his part, a stunned Sheeran wrapped up his acceptance speech by saying, “If you would have told me at five or 11 years old – or any age – that I would’ve received an award from Stevie Wonder I would’ve been chuffed.”