DETROIT – Isn’t it lovely? Stevie Wonder Avenue was unveiled Wednesday in Detroit, honoring the Motown legend amongst a host of special guests.
Stevie Wonder was joined by Mayor Mike Duggan, Motown alumni and city officials who paid tribute during the public street naming ceremony at the corner of Milwaukee and Woodward avenues.
"I never imagined that in my lifetime this honor would be bestowed upon me," Wonder said. "I didn't, but God did. I am so thankful and filled with gratitude that the city where I grew up would give me a forever moment-a moment that is captured on Milwaukee Avenue and in my heart. I am overjoyed."
The Stevie Wonder Tribute Committee planned the event for over two years, Chairwoman Sharon DuMas said.
"This public tribute and celebration is our small way of letting the world know just how proud we are that Stevie Wonder and his groundbreaking talent came from our community," DuMas said.
The beloved American icon, moved to Detroit from Saginaw when he was six years old and began singing in the church choir. Motown Records signed Wonder at just 11 years old. Wonder recorded his first hit at Hitsville U.S.A.
The Motown Museum is located less than one mile from where he was honored.
"Stevie Wonder, his life story and his musical genius have inspired millions of people around the world," said Robin Terry, Chairwoman and CEO of Motown Museum. "Naming this street in his honor is reflective of the profound impact that he has had on both the city of Detroit and Motown's legacy."