Wonder’s comments follow a Detroit Free Press report last week that said the singer was “battling a serious but manageable health issue”; prior to that, in late June, a YouTube video claimed that Wonder was suffering from kidney failure. Rumors continued to swirl after Wonder bowed out of his appearance at Detroit’s Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame ceremony.Despite the impending surgery, Wonder still plans on completing his tour, which continues July 9th in Dublin.
The event will take place in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, two days after the Grammy awards, though an air date has yet to be announced. Last year’s salute paid homage to Elton John, while previous celebrations have nodded Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and the Bee Gees. The Motown special will be presented by CBS, the Recording Academy and AEG Ehrlich Ventures.