The 25-time Grammy winner — who got his start with Motown Records as a preteen in the early 1960s — was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on May 13, 1950.
Recognition of Wonder’s influence on music and culture is shown as famous musicians posted to Twitter.
Lionel Richie celebrated his “brother since day one” in a Twitter post Wednesday.
Artists Questlove, Gilles Peterson, DJ Tara, Natasha Diggs, DJ D-Nice and DJ Spinna organized a virtual event to play a DJ set of Wonder’s music for a full 24 hours on Instagram Live, which began at midnight.
Questlove kicked off the celebration by performing the first four-hour set on the Stevie Wonder’s Family Instagram account.
Other musicians — as well as celebrities and elected officials — sent birthday greetings to Wonder on Twitter.