Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel honored by ASCAP

NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder gave an emotional speech that silenced the crowd, Garth Brooks was misty eyed and Billy Joel was classic when he performed “New York State of Mind.”

The ASCAP Centennial Awards on Monday night honored the musical icons — including Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim — at a gala in New York City.

Wonder closed the night, singing such staples as “Superstition.” Sting stunned the audience with a performance of Joel’s “Big Man on Mulberry Street” — ending with a high note that even left Joel impressed.

Trisha Yearwood, wearing a gorgeous white dress, sang husband Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Came.”

Sondheim didn’t attend because he was ill. He received a sweet tribute from Bernadette Peters. Emmylou Harris carried the same energy when she sang in honor of Baez.