Stevie Wonder receives French award
Published 06/03/2010 | 17:06
It's taken nearly 30 years, but Stevie Wonder has finally received his medal for being named into France's prestigious National Order of Arts and Letters.
The Motown great was in the French capital to perform and be honoured at France's biggest musical awards show on Saturday.
Wonder said: "All this in one day, it's almost too much for me. I'm breathless."
Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand riffed off several of the pop star's hits at a Paris ceremony.
"I just called to say 'we love you'," the minister said, referring to the French people.
One of Mitterrand's predecessors in 1981 named Wonder as a Commander in the order, its highest rank.
Officials said that scheduling conflicts had delayed Wonder's formal decoration.