The heart and soul of Motown has to be the one and only Stevland Hardaway Morris – Stevie Wonder.
It is a well known fact that other artists throughout the 70s would withhold releasing their own albums to get around competing with Stevie for a Grammy.
Throughout this period, Stevie Wonder nearly swept all possible Grammys he was eligible for. Winning for Best R&B Artist, Best Album, Best Song, Best Male Vocal, etc. While in-between albums in 1976, Paul Simon, in his acceptance speech for winning the Album of the Year Grammy jokingly thanked Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album that year. Stevie in fact did not release an album during that period because he was working on what would be his masterpiece double album entitled “Songs in the Key of Life”, released in 1976.
The one year he didn’t win, he didn’t release an album – because the one he was working on was about to slay the Grammy’s again. The one and only Stevie Wonder y’all!
Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing
My Cherie Amour
Love’s In Need Of Love Today