Legendary songwriter and performer Stevie Wonder was presented with ASCAP‘s inaugural “Key of Life Award” today, at the marquee closing event of ASCAP’s 12th annual “I Create Music” EXPO in Los Angeles.
“The Key of Life” award, presented to Wonder by ASCAP President Paul Williams and Janelle Monae, was created in recognition of Wonder’s peerless contributions to the world through his music, dedication and unparalleled heart. The award ceremony was followed by a conversation between Wonder and Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress Janelle Monae about his approach to songwriting and his matchless career. Wonder gave advice to a room packed with hundreds of professional and aspiring songwriters and spoke about his creative and professional experiences.
The “Key of Life” Award (presented to Wonder in Braille) reads: “Presented to Stevie Wonder, Who inspires and elevates the world through his songs, his spirit and his boundless heart”
In the future, the honor will be presented to music creators who best exemplify Wonder’s legacy through their commitment to the art form.