Blind and signed by Motown's Tamla label at 11 years old. He has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist. Wonder 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. In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
Named the 6th best album in music history by Rolling Stone, the staggeringly influential What s Going On is pure soul genius and an ageless document about urban ills, employment issues, and social responsibilities that s as relevant today as it was upon release in 1971. At once, Marvin Gaye both revolutionized Motowns sound and upped the ante for his fellow musicians. Incredibly, the record almost didn t get made.