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News of Senator John McCain’s passing broke Saturday night during Stevie Wonder’s sold-out show at The Borgata in Atlantic City. Minutes after the announcement, the singer-songwriter launched into a cover of Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are,” dedicating it to the 81-year-old “Maverick” from Arizona.

 

In his tribute, Wonder said, “I wanted to see him before he left this planet, but I didn’t see him. I didn’t get the chance. But he grew to know compassion was not about any political party. It was about loving people for just the way they are.”

Elsewhere in the show, Wonder also honored the late Aretha Franklin, including during his “Just The Way You Are” performance. Is this a nice break from the divisive politics of late? Has anyone else from the music world spoken out about John McCain?

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