WASHINGTON, D.C. — Call on none other than [artist id="19226"]Stevie Wonder[/artist] to set off this party. What? Stevie Wonder in a club known for its heavy hip-hop fanbase? The same club that [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] ripped down the night before? Anything can happen during Barack Obama’s inauguration weekend in Washington, D.C.
Wonder was one of the stars at D.C. hotspot Love on Saturday night for [artist id="1244169"]Diddy[/artist]‘s afterparty for the BET Honors, which also doubled as an inaugural celebration. (Look back at Diddy’s 2004 interview with Obama for MTV News here .)
Before Diddy even got into the building, Wonder amazed the crowd — amazed, as in people were in awe; amazed, as in you could see nothing but camera phones held in the air when Wonder took the mic. It was a moment you have to tell the elders in your family about the next day, or shame on you.
At first, people didn’t believe Stevie was there. The MC of the night introduced him, but you couldn’t see him. The DJ played just a few seconds of the Grammy winner’s “Overjoyed,” then switched to [artist id="2814953"]Soulja Boy[/artist]‘s “Donk.” Are you serious? Is Stevie really here? Hear for yourself. Wonder walked to the front of the stage on Love’s second floor (the huge venue has four floors of partying) and reminded everyone that yes, we are celebrating Barack Obama, but we should also reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wonder proudly reminded everyone that on January 15, 1981, in D.C., the seeds were planted for making MLK’s birthday a national holiday.
“We did it!” Wonder boasted about the holiday becoming reality. Then, as if he were your favorite MC, Wonder talked to the DJ and demanded music.
“Gimme a beat, gimme a beat!” he ordered. The DJ played the Stevie Wonder version of “Happy Birthday,” and Wonder began singing.
After Wonder sat to soak up the scene, the night’s MC treated him like one of the homie. “You with me, Stevie?” the MC asked, before the DJ played Jay-Z’s “Show Me What You Got.”
Diddy’s time on the mic was brief. He arrived just before 2 a.m. and immediately hyped the Obama inauguration ceremony.
“Y’all ready for what’s gonna happen Tuesday? My president is black, baby!” The DJ followed with a Bad Boy set of vintage Diddy and music from the Notorious B.I.G.
Washington Wizard basketball player Antwan Jamison, video vixen Angel Lola Love, actress Gabrielle Union and Will I Am were among the celebs in the building.
On Friday night, Jay-Z had Love locked down. In addition to having the DJ spin a gaggle of Hov’s greatest hits, the Jiggaman even took the mic and rapped. Club Love owner Marc Barnes, partner Taz Wube and their TeamBBC will be rocking the inauguration for the rest of the weekend. T.I., Young Jeezy and Akon are scheduled to perform on Sunday; Common comes by on Monday; and on Tuesday, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie and Kid Capri will round out the celebration.
“Be the Change: Live From the Inaugural” will air live on MTV on Tuesday, January 20, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. MTV News will have wall-to-wall coverage of the event and of the scenes in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Kenya in the days leading up to the event and in the days that follow.