When music legend Stevie Wonder takes the stage during his keynote session at ASCAP's I Create Music Expo this weekend, he will be interviewed by singer/songwriter/actress Janelle Monae. The no-doubt lively session will take place Saturday, April 15, at 3:45 p.m. at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
Monae will also join ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams to present Wonder with the inaugural ASCAP Key of Life Award. The award, which takes its name from the 25-time Grammy Award winner's epic 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life, will be presented in the future to songwriters and composers who exemplify Wonder's groundbreaking legacy.
ASCAP marks its 12th annual expo this weekend (April 13-15) with a series of panels and events encompassing everything from lyric writing and music licensing reform to securing proper credit for songwriters and producers on streaming music services. Among the industry participants who will be on hand during the three-day conference are artist Aloe Blacc, Songwriters Hall of Fame member Desmond Child, writer/producer Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Adele), singer/songwriter Bibi Bourelly (Rihanna) and producer Butch Walker (Taylor Swift). Just added to the Saturday lineup: "Get in and Get Out," a master session with Michael Abels, film composer for the box-office hit Get Out.
The complete ASCAP Expo schedule is available here.