Singer receives honour from French Culture Minister

Stevie Wonder has been officially made Commander of the Arts and Letters at a ceremony in Paris today (March 6).

The honour, first offered in 1957, is given to recognise contributions to arts and literature in France. Wonder received it from French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, reports BBC News.

Wonder had first been named a reciprocate of the award in 1981 but was not officially decorated until today due to what officials said was scheduling conflicts. “I receive this honour in memory of my mother and in memory of all of those that have made it possible for me to stand here today,” he said when accepting it.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star reports that Mika has received the Knight in the Order of Arts honour in the country – but has lost his medal in London.

“I lost it outside my flat,” he explained. “I spent 45 minutes by the Tube station looking for it, literally on my hands and knees.”