Stevland Hardaway Morris (né Judkins; born May 13, 1950), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music since the early 1960s, he is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century. Wonder's evolving musicality, creative control over his work, and multi-instrumental abilities are signatures of his funk and soul-based style.
Blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was discovered as a child prodigy, known as Little Stevie Wonder. Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label in 1961, at the age of 11. In 1963, Wonder's single "Fingertips" was a #1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, making him the youngest artist ever to top the chart. Wonder's greatest critical and commercial successes came during his "classic period," during which he released the albums Music of My Mind (1972), Talking Book (1972) (featuring the US #1 hit single "Superstition"), Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974), and Songs in the Key of Life (1976), the latter three of which won back-to-back Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, a record-setting achievement.
Wonder is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with over 100 million records sold worldwide, and is one of the most-awarded artists in the history of the Grammy Awards, with 25. Wonder was also the first Motown artist and second African-American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from the 1984 film The Woman in Red. He is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a holiday in the United States. Wonder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994, amongst numerous other honors. Wonder continues to perform and record; his most recent studio album, A Time to Love, was released in 2005.