Legendary performer Stevie Wonder will be producing an eight-hour miniseries for NBC titled "Freedom Run," which will tell the story of the actual people involved in the Underground Railroad. Wonder will also create the score for a Broadway musical which will be based upon the same idea.
Legendary musician Stevie Wonder will be the focus of a televised Grammy tribute concert that will air one week after the 57th annual Grammy Awards in February. Titled "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life," the tribute will feature what the Recording Academy has billed as "some of the biggest names in music today" performing his many hits and reflecting upon his legacy. The special will be two hours long and taped two days after the Grammys in Los Angeles and will air on CBS Feb. 16 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The artists who will be featured in the tribute have yet to be announced, but it is to be expected that the show will include many performers and presenters who will appear at the awards show. Last year, the Grammys honored The Beatles in "The Beatles: The Night that Changed America," with performances from The Eurythmics, Alicia Keys and John Legend.
For the love of music, indeed, BBC. A most resounding rendition of Brain Wilson's own "God Only Knows" has premiered at BBC Music, which features a studded cast of Beach Boys fans including pop stars like One Direction and Pharrell to classical and opera sensations like Danielle de Niese and Nicola Benedetti.
Stevie Wonder is set to hit the road again with his 1976 record Songs in the Key of Life. The tour includes an 11-date run at none other than large arenas from Manhattan to Seattle.
A more touching spectacle took place during the in memoriam segment--initiated by the first few bars of Lang Lang's Tchaik--despite misspelling Corey Monteith's name and excluding other revered names.
Music and politics are often at an impasse. It's arguable the affect music can have as a force behind political motion--and how music can ultimately effect change on a large scale.
Chinese piano superstar Lang Lang has long been deeply involved with the United Nations as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a role that he is known to take very seriously. Now, though, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made him a "Messenger of Peace," which is the highest honor of its kind given by the body.