Republic RecordsThe competition will be fierce for the Best Original Song — Motion Picture trophy at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, but one of this year’s nominees has already won a Globe in this category…and an Oscar to boot.
In 1985, Stevie Wonder scored a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” from the movie The Woman in Red. Now he’s nominated again for “Faith,” a duet with pop star Ariana Grande that he co-wrote with OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder and is featured in the animated film Sing. The soundtrack’s producer, Harvey Mason Jr., feels that a major factor in Wonder deciding to help create a new tune for Sing was that his music was already a part of the film.
Mason Jr. explains that the movie already included a big scene centered around Wonder’s classic song “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing.” “He was really excited about [it],” Mason tells ABC Radio. “He loved it, and I think that helped convince him to be involved with ‘Faith.'”
Mason recalls that the Motown legend “was really pleased,” adding, “And then [we asked], ‘Hey, you’re so important to this grand finale, would you be interested in performing and writing another song?’ And he said, ‘I’d love to.'”
Wonder also checked out the end result at the Sing movie premiere, even though he’s blind. Mason says that Stevie’s got a way around that.
“He watched the movie the way that he watches movies…he has to sit in a certain location because he has a device that translates the movie…into a headset,” reveals Mason. “I don’t know…exactly how it works, but I know that he’s able to…really hear everything, and kind of get a description of what’s happening.”
The other tunes that are competing for the Best Original Song honor at this year’s Golden Globes are Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the movie Trolls; Iggy Pop‘s “Gold” from the film of the same name; Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana; and “City of Stars” from La La Land. Sting is one of the evening’s presenters.
The 2017 Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, airs at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBC.