Stevie Wonder | Ambassador for Peace
Stevland Hardaway Morris, better known as Stevie Wonder is an extraordinarily gifted music artist who dons a multitude of hats – multi-instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, and singer.
A child prodigy, he is recognized today as one of the most loved and most innovative among the many gifted musical artists of the latter half of the twentieth century. He is a phenomenal artist. More than thirty of his recorded songs have made it to the U.S. chart of top ten hits. He holds the record for getting the most number of Grammy Awards that a solo artist has ever won with his unparalleled 25 awards, not including a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has an Academy Award for Best Song. He is included in the halls of fame of Songwriters and Rock and Roll. He was awarded the Polar Music Prize, as well as the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award.
On top of all the acclaim and recognition for his musical genius, Stevie Wonder has also been recognized for his activism and deep commitment to various advocacies. He campaigned for making the Martin Luther King Day one of the national holidays of the United States. He was one of the staunchest advocates of the movement to end apartheid in South Africa.
He is a well-known philanthropist, his interests including the Wonder Vision Awards Program, the Junior Blind of America, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, and the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. He has been holding the annual benefit concert (House Full of Toys) for over a decade now, providing toys for less fortunate families and children.
His work reflects his commitment to the humanitarian issues he deems important. He is known for writing, producing, and performing songs in relation to the charities he supports. The causes he espouses have to do with fighting domestic abuse, hunger, diabetes, cancer, AIDS, and disabilities.
Stevie Wonder joins the impressive roster of Messengers of Peace of the United Nations – individuals in the fields of sports, entertainment, literature, music, film, academe, and arts who are universally recognized for their talent in their particular fields. These individuals are tasked with the responsibility of raising global awareness of the ideals and activities of the United Nations. They are expected to help increase people’s understanding and appreciation of and involvement in the shared goal of improving the lives of people far and wide.
Born blind, Stevie Wonder was elected Messenger of Peace focusing on uplifting the lives of people with sensory, mental, or physical disabilities. He is expected to fight discrimination and to raise awareness of the established standards for equal treatment.