AceShowbiz - Stevie Wonder is hoping to snag his first Best American Roots Performance Grammy win after insisting his new track, "Where Is Our Love Song?", was better suited in the category.
The soul legend tells Billboard his label executives wanted to enter the tune, which features Gary Clark Jr., as an R&B song, but Stevie suggested it was more for the people, and therefore a folk track.
"People said to put 'Where Is Our Love Song?' in the R&B categories," he says. "I said, 'No, I'm not going to put it there. I want to put the song in a category that makes the best sense.' "
" 'Where Is Our Love Song' is a song that speaks to everyone, a traditional song or folk song about America. I said I didn't care what's normally done; that I'm not trying to do the typical. So it was submitted in the Best American Roots Performance category."
The track dates back 50 years to when Stevie was 20 and he reveals he returned to complete it following the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, which shone a light on the division in America.
"The country, to say the least, was in a very polarizing divide between the truth and a lie; negative positivity," Wonder tells Billboard. "There was a song I'd written when I was 19 or 20 years old, called 'The Melody in Music', whose hopeful sentiment was very much similar to what I was feeling. So I more recently wrote [new] words to that song because people needed to hear that message."
Stevie will learn if he has landed a Grammy mention for "Where Is Our Love Song?" when the nominations are released next month (November 2021).