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Barack Obama to Honor His Musical Hero, Stevie Wonder

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Barack Obama to Honor His Musical Hero, Stevie Wonder

Originally posted 02/24/2009 10:15AM

During Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Stevie Wonder honored him in song at rallies and fundraisers. Now the President is returning the favor to the artist he's called his musical hero.

On Wednesday, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will present Wonder, 58, with the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The salute, to be held in the White House's East Room and broadcast Thursday night on PBS, will feature artists including Martina McBride (who will sing Wonder's hit "You and I"), Will.I.Am, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon and India.Arie.

Obama last year told Rolling Stone that he really got into music during Wonder's heyday in the early '70s, when Wonder released albums like Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. "So that was a guy I loved," Obama said.

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Whoopi Goldberg Crushes on John Mayer!

Whoopi Goldberg Crushes on John Mayer!

Originally posted 09/24/2008 10:30AM

Make room for one more on the John Mayer bandwagon!

After the singer's rousing, three-song performance at Tony Bennett's Exploring The Arts Gala in Manhattan Tuesday night, emcee Whoopi Goldberg took to the stage smiling like a teenaged girl.

"Oh my God! How cute is John Mayer?" The View host, 52, said to the cheering crowd, which included Gayle King, Regis Philbin, Terrence Howard and Quincy Jones. "In the old days, I'da snatched him up," she continued to roars of laughter. "Now, I'm too tired."

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Tony Bennett, Wife Plan Italian Honeymoon | Tony Bennett

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Tony Bennett, Wife Plan Italian Honeymoon

Originally posted 06/29/2007 01:20PM

One week after marrying his longtime girlfriend, legendary crooner Tony Bennett and new wife Susan Crow divulged a few details about the secret to their decades-long relationship.

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Tony Bennett Marries His (Very) Longtime Love | Tony Bennett

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Tony Bennett Marries His (Very) Longtime Love

Originally posted 06/22/2007 02:45PM

It took 20 years – but Tony Bennett finally married his longtime girlfriend Susan Crow in New York City, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

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Meryl Streep, Tony Bennett Launch Darfur Campaign | Meryl Streep, Tony Bennett

Meryl Streep, Tony Bennett Launch Darfur Campaign

Originally posted 11/22/2006 07:30AM

Tony Bennett and Meryl Streep on Wednesday launched a national TV campaign to bring aid to war-torn Darfur.

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