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Stevie Wonder Among Medal of Freedom Honorees

As the highest honor to be granted, the Presidential Medal of Freedom signifies and acknowledges individuals who have contributed to U.S. Security, world peace and cultural achievement.

Stevie Wonder, who is the winner of 25 Grammy awards and an Academy award, is among the 18 honorees for his musical genius and mixture of soul and R&B. He is also a Kennedy Center Honoree and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Famed choreographer and dancer, Alvin Ailey who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be receiving his award posthumously. Ailey’s work, which continues to live on since its 1958 inception, has created groundbreaking work in its fusion of modern dance and the exploration of the African American experience. The Dance Theater is noted for its performances 71 countries, across six continents.

Artistic director, Robert Battle will accept the award on his behalf.

In a statement from Beijing where President Obama traveled for an economic summit, he expressed, “From scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write the new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.”

The award ceremony will take place at the White House on November 24th.