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Stevie Wonder Biography

Birth Name:
Stevland Judkins
Birth Place:
Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Profession
Singer, songwriter, musician

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

  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1986Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1985BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Song Written for a Film: nominated
  • 1985Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1984Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): winner

Relationships

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