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Stevie Wonder to play 'Songs in the Key of Life' at holiday benefit ahead of TV tribute special



Stevie Wonder performs onstage at the City Of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala Honoring Rob Light on Sept. 19, 2013 in Playa Vista.
Stevie Wonder performs onstage at the City Of Hope Spirit Of Life Gala Honoring Rob Light on Sept. 19, 2013 in Playa Vista.
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Stevie Wonder is set to play his 19th annual House Full of Toys benefit concert this Saturday, and it includes him playing through the entirety of his classic 1976 album, "Songs in the Key of Life."

Wonder took the album on the road this fall after playing through it at last year's benefit concert, so fans in attendance will have to wait to see if the pop veteran changes up anything from last time around. However, the House Full of Toys benefits have included numerous guest stars in the past, so this may be a more star-studded version of what he's been doing on tour. He may have some extra Wonder sparkle in his step — his ninth child was just born Thursday.

The album has been hugely acclaimed over the years, and 2015 is set to bring more attention to the classic record, with a primetime CBS special paying tribute in February: "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute." It's going to feature other music stars playing the Wonder catalog, though the lineup has yet to be announced.

If the format sounds a little familiar, that's because it follows a Grammy special last year that saluted the Beatles, so the Grammys look to be building out their TV portfolio with more star-studded tribute specials. Wonder won the Grammy for Album of the Year for "Songs in the Key of Life," which made him the only artist to ever receive Album of the Year in three out of four consecutive years, according to the Recording Academy.

"Stevie Wonder is a beloved icon whose golden songbook remains one of America's and music's greatest treasures," Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said in a press release, calling Wonder a "legendary musical genius."

"Some of my most memorable television experiences have been with my friend Stevie, both on the Grammys and off," said executive producer Ken Ehrlich.

Tickets for the Stevie Wonder salute went on sale Thursday. The special tapes at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. two days after the Grammys before airing on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Get your look at Wonder himself playing his songs at this Saturday's House Full of Toys benefit concert. You can also watch fan video of last year's concert below:

Concert video 1

Concert video 2