Stevie Wonder teased Pentatonix members at the Grammy Awards for not being able to read braille as they presented the award for Song of the Year, since the results were only written in braille: “You can’t read it,” he taunted in a sing-song voice as they laughed. “You can’t read braille.”
But Wonder turned the presentation into a teaching moment when he got serious for a minute and said, “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 then announced that the winner of the award was Ed Sheeran for the song “Thinking Out Loud.”.
The blind soul singer is well-known for his advocacy of disability rights; in 2009, he was appointed as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a focus on persons with disabilities. Wonder met with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2013 to deliver a statement on goals for disabled people and their communities around the world; in particular, Wonder pushed for greater access to books for visually impaired people.