Musician Stevie Wonder performs onstage during the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Getty Images)more pics »Stevie Wonder
barely made it through his performance on a TV tribute to Michael Jackson
before he got really emotional, and cried about his late friend. The legendary singer was performing the pop legend’s track "The Way You Make Me Feel" when he broke down with his head in his hands. Stevie Wonder (Getty)
Stevie, a close friend of Michael, who passed away in June, did, however, manage to finish his performance alongside soul singer John Legend
, and was given a standing ovation from the audience at the Rock and Roll 25th Hall of Fame Anniversary Concert, broadcast by US network HBO.
Meanwhile, Stevie, who is blind, has also been named a United Nations (U.N.) Messenger of Peace, for his philanthropic work which includes working with charities such as the US President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the Children's Diabetes Foundation and Junior Blind of America.
Stevie, 59, was selected for the position by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and is the 11th person to be given the honour. Ban Ki-moon said: “Our newest Messenger of Peace is someone who is admired by millions of people and has given back to millions of people."
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