*Saturday, in Paris, Stevie Wonder was awarded one of France’s top cultural honors, which he dedicated to his deceased mother 30 years after he was tapped to receive it.

“I receive this honour in memory of my mother and in memory of all of those that have made it possible for me to stand here today,” said an emotional Wonder, clad in marine blue striped suit, as he received the Commander of Arts and Letters award from French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand.

“As I was… listening to what you were saying, I had a flash in my memory, the memory of 1964, when I came to Paris, France for the first time. I came with my mother,” Wonder, 59, told Mitterrand. His mother died in 2006.

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