Stevie Wonder Urges Young People to ‘Value Our Planet’ at Global Green Pre-Oscar Gala

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (5593898j) Lucia Grenna, Stevie Wonder and guest at Global Green USA Pre-Oscar Party, Inside, Los Angeles, America - 24 Feb 2016
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (5593898j)
Lucia Grenna, Stevie Wonder and guest at Global Green USA Pre-Oscar Party, Inside, Los Angeles, America – 24 Feb 2016

Stevie Wonder serenaded a crowd of industryites, do-gooders and goodie-bag-grabbers at Global Green’s 13th annual pre-Oscar benefit dinner at Mr. C’s Hotel in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night, and was rewarded with a surprise of his own.

Taking the stage with an event-appropriate new song titled “The Living Killing Life” – sample lyric: “Things you are hearing about global warming are not some fallacies” – Wonder segued into a rapid-fire half hour of his biggest hits backed by a two-piece band, from early career singles “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and “My Cherie Amour” to “Innervisions”-era “Living for the City” and “Higher Ground,” to his 1984 Oscar winner “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” in which he sang “Global Green” in place of “first of spring.”

After a set-closing jam on “Superstition,” Wonder was joined by his children, who presented him with the org’s Global Green Hero Award, prompting a brief speech in which Wonder urged “the young people of the new generation to value our planet everywhere they go.”

Wonder was preceded by a short set from newcomer Charlie Puth, but the crux of the evening saw recognition for Global Green’s year-round initiatives, as well as an auction lead by org board member and event co-founder Sebastian Copeland. (Between the auction and texted donations from attendees, the night raised more than $70,000.)

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SOURCE: Variety – Andrew Barker