Stevie Wonder's Joke At 2016 Grammys Turns Into Statement On Accessibility

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Superstar Stevie Wonder had 'em alternately howling with laughter and nodding wildly in agreement at the 2016 Grammys Monday night.

The R&B and soul musician was presenting the award for "Song Of the Year" alongside a capella group Pentatonix when he opened the winner's envelope.

"You can't read it, you can't read Braille, na na na na," joked the 25-time Grammy winner on stage to a roar of laughter. Wonder, 65, has been blind since infancy after a condition caused his retinas to detach while in hospital.

But rather than making just a punchline, Wonder decided to make a statement.

"I just want to say — before saying the winner — that we need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability."

Wonder was brought on as a last-minute fill-in for the award show's tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire following the death of Maurice White.

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