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Source: Justin Engelhardt / Radio-One

Over the weekend Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after learning of the 81-year-old GOP lawmaker’s death while onstage.

Wonder was performing in Atlantic City, N.J., when he learned of McCain’s death from brain cancer, according to People magazine. He then covered Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are,” dedicating it to the late senator.

“This song goes out to Sen. John McCain,” 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.” “God bless his soul,” Wonder added. “Let us send his family love. I send you all my love, all my prayers.”

The sold-out crowd gave a standing ovation in McCain’s honor.

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