Stevie Wonder will deliver a keynote at the 2017 edition of the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO in Los Angeles. The legendary artists will also be presented with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' inaugural "Key of Life" award.
The new honor will recognize "songwriters and composers who best exemplify Wonder's legacy through their commitment to the art form he elevated through his talent, dedication and unparalleled heart."
Wonder has been an ASCAP member for some 50 years and "continues to innovate and elevate the art of songwriting to the point where no honor can truly capture what he means to his creative kin at ASCAP, and to songwriters and music lovers worldwide," said ASCAP president Paul Williams in announcing the latest addition to the April 13 - 15 confab at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
Additional artists, songwriters and producers confirmed for the 12th edition of the expo include Aloe Blacc, Desmond Child, Ashley Gorley, Darrell Brown, Brian Kennedy, Malik Yusef, Dave Bassett, Bibi Bourelly and Sam Hollander, among others. Some 3,000 attendees are expected.