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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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76.

katie    

#3, #9 Go to Hell!!! You people have NO HEART!!! I went through the death of my husband at age 30..you have no idea the excruciating pain that is left in your heart...this pain comes at you when you least expect it...HOW DARE YOU mock Stevie Wonder's pain over the loss of his friend.. He has done nothing to you!! I couldn't read past #15 before I had to say something...so if there are other heartless maggots beyond that, this applies to you too..GO STRAIGHT TO HELL!!!!!!!!

1785 days ago
77.

FormerFan    

HEY MJ FAN...
IT REALLY WAS TOO HIGH A KEY FOR HIS RANGE, JUST LISTEN TO IT. HE'S THE ONE BEING CRUEL FOR THIS BUTCHERED ATTEMPT...


1785 days ago
78.

mimi    

aww stevie, this is so sad. we all miss michael

1785 days ago
79.

WillOTheWisp    



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

Posted at 7:02PM on Dec 2nd 2009 by Deb's a pig



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 can recognize your nastiness, even with all the aliases!





1785 days ago
80.

DM    

TO #8...HI! ..STEVIE WONDER HAS BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME. HE HAS BEEN A SUPURB PERFORMER. MJ WAS HIS FRIEND AND HE DID A GREAT JOB HONORING HIM, AS DIFFICULT AS IT HAD TO HAVE BEEN. NOT CRUEL! LOVE TO STEVIE AND MORE TO MJ. AS MICHAEL WOULD SAY... IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE...

1785 days ago
81.

Karen F. from Chicago    

OOOH Stevie, I felt his pain i miss Michael 2 and Stevie finished with so much class.....

1785 days ago
82.

Melanie    

Just shows how much Michael is missed. I am still sad behind his passing. GOD bless you Stevie, and may Michael rest in peace.

1785 days ago
83.

lankandiva    

GOD BLESS YOU STEVIE WODER,A TRUE FRIEND TO MICHAEL JACKSON,ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE I HEARD OF SUPPORTING MICHAEL THROUGH OUT HIS ORDEAL WITH THE FALSE ACCUSATIONS..ALWAYS HAD LOVE AND RESPECT FOR STEVIE AND THE LEVEL OF THAT NOW HAS REACHED A HIGH FOR ME..

JUST WATCHED THE VIDEO AND STARTED CRYING..THANK YOU STEVIE FOR SUCH A BEAUTOFUL TRIBUTE TO YOUR FRIEND..YOU'E A GOOD HEART..NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON;T THINK OR TALK ABOUT MICHAEL AND SHED A TEAR..

IF I FEEL LIKE THIS I CAN'T EVEIN BEGON TO IMAGINE THE PAIN MICHAELS TRUE FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE GOING THROUGH

CAN ANYONE PLEAE TELL ME WHICH CHANEL THIS WA BPRADCAST ON AS I AM IN AUSTRALIA AND USUALLY AM ABLE TO WATCH THE AWARDS CONCERTS ETC ON CABLE,SOMEHOW I DIDNT EVEN KNOW THIS WAS ON AND WOULD LOVE TO VIEW THE FULL CONCERT AND RECORD IT..

IM STILL VERY EMOTIONAL SINCE THE DAY MICHAEL PASSED,AND FIND MYSELF IN DISBLIEF DAILY..WATCHED MICHAELS MOVIE 7 TIMES AND NOW ITS BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE CINEMAS,BUT I WILL FOR SURE BE BUYING IT ON DVD WHEN ITS RELEASED IN JAUNARY...

STEVIE WONDER PORTRAYS WHAT A TRUE FRIEND REALLY IS..MICHAEL WOULD BE SMILING DOWN ON HIM FOR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT HE IS STILL GIVING MICHAEL..THIS FRIENDSHIP IS NEVER ENDIN AND YOU COULD SEE THE LOVE STEVIE HAS FOR MICHAEL..

GOD BLES YOU ALWAYS STEVIE,I WILL NEVR FORGET WHAT YOU SAID AT MICHAELS MEMORIAL,"NEVER DID I THINK I WOULD SEE THIS DAY",THAT BROKE MY HEART THEN AND IT IS SOMETHING I WILL CARRY WOITH ME THOSE WORDS...ONE OF THE MOST GENUINE THINGS I HEARD SINCE MJ PASSED AWAY...

MICHAEL LOVED AND RESPETED STEVIE ALSO,IN MNY INTEVIEWS HE WOULD SPEAK OF STEVIE AND HOW MUCH HE ADMIRES HIM...

R.I.P SWEET MIKE..LOVE AND MISS YOU MORE EACH DAY..YOU'RE BETTER ON THE OTHER SIDE,SAD AS IT IS TO SAY....SEE YOU WHEN TIME PERMITS ME...

ONE LOVE..AUSTRALIA...





1785 days ago
84.

Michelle    

I honestly start to believe that I'm getting over Michael's death and than I see Stevie cry and than I can't help but cry. Stevie is great and Michael is deeply missed.

1785 days ago
85.

DM    

OOPS...MY COMMENT (#87) WAS MEANT FOR #84, NOT #8

1784 days ago
86.

cindee    

LOVE YOU STEVIE, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL AND I DIDN'T KNOW
MICHAEL ,THERE'S NOT ONE DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T
CRY

STEVIE YOUR IN MY PRAYERS AND SO ARE YOU DEAR SWEET MICHAEL.

IMMEDIATE JUSTICE FOR MJ, IT'S BEEN LONG ENOUGH!
WHAT IS THE LAPD FRICKEN DOING??????????

1784 days ago
87.

KC    

awww :(
R.I.P. MJ

1784 days ago
88.

Vanesa    

God Bless Stevie, what a genius, RIP Michael, i love you

1784 days ago
89.

Speechless    

Stevie we all still feel the same way at times. It just hits you out of nowhere that he is gone, forever. We miss him. The world misses him. Please keep his legacy alive by singing his songs. Love always.

1784 days ago
90.

Me    

Yep crying and sobbing here just cannot stop..god please make this pain go away..I was thinking of stevie the other day and said this man is one other that will also take its toll if we were to lose him...gods gifts comes to us in different shapes sizes and most often seen as unusual...They are called 'THE PROPHETS' as they do what they have to on earth and what a mark they make in our hearts when they do..there are many out there that are the same they might not be in the spotlight but they are the same as the gifts we see with talents and the pain is very much real and painful..prophets that live on suffer like crazy when they lose their own...it is truly gut wrenching

1784 days ago
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