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Stevie Wonder Breaks Down During MJ Tribute

12/2/2009 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Stevie Wonder broke down and nearly cried in the middle of a major televised performance -- and it was all because of Michael Jackson.



The emotional breakdown occurred on-stage at the Rock and Roll 25th Hall of Fame Anniversary Concert -- which aired on HBO this weekend.

Wonder was singing Jackson's, "The Way You Make Me Feel" -- when Stevie, still distraught by the death of his good friend, suddenly chokes up, hunches over and puts his face in his hands ... while the music continues to play.

It all goes down around 1:35 into the clip.

Stevie eventually pulls himself together and finished the song -- and ultimately received a hug from John Legend and a huge ovation from the crowd.

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61.

Nina    

OMG! this is really a very touching tribute to our beloved MJ
thank you Stevie for being a wonderful friend to the king of music
Michael we love you and miss you sooooo much

1597 days ago
62.

jenn    

TMZ, THANKS FOR A POSITIVE NEWS. PEOPLE LOVE MJ BECAUSE HE WAS TREATED SO BADLY. HE WAS VERY SPECIAL. THE TRUTH IS IN HIS PURE EYES!THE EYES DON'T LIE.I WILL ENJOY THIS FOR NOW,FOR WHO KNOWS WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING?

1597 days ago
63.

MJ-UNBREAKABLE    

That's awesome and made my cry - again.

It seems Stevie and Michael were and still are connected through a lifelong friendship. This is so good to know after all.

Brilliant job, Stevie. Thank you so much for that. God bless you!

Love you Michael - forever!

www.mj-unbreakable.com

1597 days ago
64.

nan    

michael jackson said stevie wonder was amusical prophet and the nicest person on the planet..comming from mj that is high praise..i also read that before mj died stevie would tell people like lionel ritchie to call mj and check in on him so he wouldnt feel so alone after the2005 crap..stevie has loved mj since he was a child

1597 days ago
65.

Peace & Love    

that make me love Stevie Wonder even more now, that was a great emotional tribute we all going to miss MJ, he was a gift from GOD to us now GOD took him back.

1597 days ago
66.

Two Women Beaters!!!    

What some people don't realize is, according to Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson family are actually related (they are cousins)...so this is likely touching Stevie deeper than most people think.

1597 days ago
67.

WillOTheWisp    


57. What's funny is Stevie Wonder started as a child also and he's blind. But look at him still out their doing his his thing and where's MJ 6 feet under turning black again and with worms crawling in and worms crawling out. Too bad your MJ was a drug addict and belongs where he is now.

Posted at 1:52PM on Dec 2nd 2009 by Deb sucks



Whoever, delivered you into this world was undoubtedly under a wicked curse. You are of no use to the human race. Crawl back into the pig's ass that excreted you!

Everyone recognize your nastiness even with all the aliases!

1597 days ago
68.

SH*T HAPPENS    

Posted at 6:53PM on Dec 2nd 2009 by URPigExcrement



And look you are the only one to response to it. Shows how smart you are to response dumbazz.

1597 days ago
69.

mediabias    

God bless you, Stevie. Thank you for standing up for Michael when you could have taken the easy road and not say anything when that ass Eminem went stupid with that video. Instead, you, in your polite way, reminded everyone the parasite Eminem is leeching off black music. Also, thank you for insisting that Michael was your friend when that other media whore, Howard Stern, wanted you to wade in the sewer with him. Thank you, Stevie.

1597 days ago
70.

Kms    

Oh Stevie...that really broke my heart. It's just tough on him and I'm sure it's very tough on Diana Ross as well.

1597 days ago
71.

FormerFan    

STEVIE HAD JUST REALIZED THAT THEY KEY OF THE SONG WAS JUST TOO HIGH FOR HIM TO SING IT PROPERLY


1597 days ago
72.

DM    

So very touching. Its so nice that Michael had a friend like Stevie Wonder. So sorry Mr. Wonder for your loss. Many years ago your song "Isn't She Lovely" was the theme song played at my daughter's Christening Celebration! Thanks for singing that lovely song! To those people who are making negative comments about Michael and Stevie W. .....Why? No need to be so mean.

1597 days ago
73.

Cathy    

I had read that Stevie broke down on stage prior to this incident -- at one of his own concerts -- over Michael's death. Apparently he was playing Michael's songs instead of singing his own. Some concert-goers were not happy since they'd gone to see Stevie sing. But I guess he just couldn't at that time. Obviously Stevie has known Michael since they were both kids. I completely believe that his emotion is sincere. Donny Osmond also revealed a few months ago that Stevie had urged him (Donny) to go see Michael several years ago (just prior to the 2nd molestation allegations) because "Mike needs a friend." Donny did go to Neverland and talked with Michael about collaborating on a cover of Stevie's song "I Wish". Michael was going to do it, but then he was arrested and it all fell apart.

I think there were a lot of people out there who knew Michael personally and loved him very much. It seems though, that Michael had isolated himself from most of these longtime friends and family, and surrounded himself instead with shady sleezebags (Tohme, Murray, Klein, etc.) who only cared about the money he could generate for them. Even Paris could see that the people around him pushed him too hard.

1597 days ago
74.

mediabias    

Hey Harvey:
When are you going to remind everyone that Michael's "THIS IS IT" movie will be out of theaters on Thursday, December 3, 2009. You have been profiting mightily off his name since June 25. Come on...Share the LOVE...Be a mensch and tell everyone to go see the movie one last time on 12/3/09. OK, what's the date again? It's tomorrow, isn't it? :-) Thank you.

1597 days ago
75.

sue    

media bias-80- i wish they could have ran the film until after the holidays were over,just for a couple of more times to be able to go again.. it was amazing something i will treasure forever in my heart..rip mj-sue from tampa

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