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Grammys 2016: Pentatonix, Stevie Wonder Honor Maurice White and Introduce Song of the Year

by Carolyn Menyes   Feb 15, 2016 21:29 PM EST

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The impact of Maurice White of Earth Wind, & Fire on the music industry is nearly immeasurable - but the 2016 Grammys had to honor his influence in some way, and they tapped Stevie Wonder and his "new friends" Pentatonix for a touching tribute performance of his hit "That's the Way of the World."

Before announcing Ed Sheeran as the winner for Song of the Year ("Thinking Out Loud"), Pentatonix and Wonder sang a tender rendition of "That's the Way of the World," with the a cappella group providing backing vocals underneath Wonder's cool, signature R&B tone.

"We just sang with one of the greatest singer-songwriters in history!" Pentatonix's Kirstie Maldonado exclaimed after their performance was finished.

But, that wasn't the only off-the-cuff remark. Wonder, who had the envelope containing the Song of the Year's winner, bragged about his ability to read the winner and braille before any one else could and then made a statement saying that everything should be universally accessible.

Pentatonix are already winners at tonight's Grammys, taking home Best Arrangement, Instrument or A Cappella for their take on "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."

Wonder and Pentatonix join a long list of Grammy performers at the 2016 ceremony. Others in the lineup include Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Lady Gaga, The Hollywood Vampires, the Hamilton cast and more.

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