Fast Facts

  • Was born prematurely and placed in an incubator; received too much oxygen, resulting in his blindness. 
  • Nicknamed Little Stevie Wonder because of his skills in songwriting and playing various instruments when he was only 9 years old.
  • Signed his first record contract with Motown Records at the age of 12. Reached No. 1 on the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts with the single "Fingertips Part 2."
  • Was involved in a near-fatal car crash in 1973 that left him in a coma for a week. After the accident, vowed to use his talents to spotlight political and social issues.  
  • Assisted in the 1980s campaign to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a federal holiday.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Received an American Music Award of Merit in 1982 and was honored by the Kennedy Center in 1999. 
  • Performed at the opening ceremonies for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece.

Awards

  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2006, Grammy — Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 2002, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
  • 1974, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1974, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1976, Grammy — Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Winner
  • 1995, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
  • 1976, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1976, Grammy — Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Winner
  • 1974, Grammy — Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1995, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1974, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1976, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1985, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1986, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Song Written for a Film: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Tomeeka Robyn Bracy — Significant Other
  • Nia — Daughter
  • Lula Mae Hardaway — Mother
  • Timothy Hardaway — Brother
  • Karen 'Kai' Millard Morris — Wife (separated)
  • Aisha Wonder — Daughter
  • Calvin Judkins — Father
  • Kailand Morris — Son
  • Milton Hardaway — Brother
  • Mumtaz Morris — Son
  • Calvin Hardaway — Brother
  • Mandla Kadjaly Carl Stevland Morris — Son
  • Renee Hardaway — Sister
  • Larry Hardaway — Brother
  • Melody McCulley — Ex-significant Other
  • Keita Morris — Daughter
  • Kwame Morris — Son
  • Syreeta Wright — Ex-wife
  • Yolanda Simmons — Ex-significant Other

Details

  • Birth Name: Stevland Judkins
  • Birth Place: Saginaw, Michigan, United States
  • Birthday: May 13, 1950, Taurus
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
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