(JNS) Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder was awarded Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize on February 9th along with a group of laureates in the arts and sciences.
The “Superstition” singer received the award for “his tremendous contribution to music and society enriching the lives of entire generations of music lovers,” according to a statement from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s office.
Wonder, 70, is only the second black recipient to receive the Wolf Prize in the music field, following opera singer Jessye Norman. He shares the music award with Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth.
The Wolf Prize has been awarded since 1978. Each honoree receives a certificate and a monetary award of one hundred thousand dollars. The prizes are typically handed out in a ceremony at the Knesset, but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they will be given to the laureates at their respective homes.