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Billboard awards to honor Stevie Wonder

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Billboard Magazine will present the Century Award, its highest honor, to Stevie Wonder, organizers announced Friday.

The Century Award is presented in recognition of "the uncommon excellence of an artist's still-unfolding body of work."

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Over the past four decades, Wonder has turned out No. 1 hits such as "Superstition," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "I Just Called To Say I Love You," "Fingertips-Pt. 2" and "Sir Duke." He holds the Billboard record for most No. 1 R&B/Hip Hop albums for a solo male.

Three of his albums -- "Songs in the Key of Life," "Fulfillingness' First Finale" and "Innervisions" -- have won Grammys for Album of the Year.

Previous recipients of the Century Award include George Harrison, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Annie Lennox and Sting.

The 19-time Grammy-winning musician will pick up the award at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 8. The ceremony will be televised over the Fox network.

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