Leave it to Stevie Wonder to steal the show at the Grammys without even being nominated. First he and the a cappella group Pentatonix paid a touching tribute to late Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, and moments later he charmed the audience with a humorous but heartfelt call for universal accessibility.
While presenting the award for song of the year, Wonder opened the envelope, flashed its contents, and teased, “You all can’t read this, huh?”
The winner — Ed Sheeran, for “Thinking Out Loud” — was written in braille, and Wonder took a moment to heighten the suspense. Then he added, “I just want to say, before saying the winner, that we need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”
Wonder’s remarks earned cheers and applause inside the theater, and praise on social media as well. Here are some examples.