Stevie Wonder will be honoured with the Billboard Icon Award for his achievements in music.
The soul music legend will be the second person to receive the trophy, presented at the Billboard Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on May 20.
Neil Diamond was the first person to receive the trophy in 2011.
The news comes after the ‘Superstition’ singer performed for US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at an exclusive ‘Performance at the White House’ concert this week (09.05.12).
Stevie remains a popular force in modern pop music, recently appearing on Pixie Lott’s second album ‘Young Foolish Happy’. Meanwhile, Alexandra Burke said she’d love to ask him for tips on soul music, and singer and songwriter Emeli Sande would love to write a song with him.
She said: ‘’There are so many people I want to work with. I would love to write for someone legendary like Stevie Wonder.’’
The Billboard Icon Award replaced the Billboard Century Award which had been given to performers like Annie Lennox, Sting and Billy Idol.
Adele is the frontrunner at the Billboard awards with nominations in 18 categories including Top Artist. LMFAO follow her with 17, whilst Rihanna is up for 13 awards.
Copyright: Bang Showbiz 2012
Friday, 11. May 2012