Emotional Stevie Wonder, Pentatonix honor Maurice White

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Stevie Wonder (C) and the Pentatonix perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Stevie Wonder (C) and the Pentatonix perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

Credit: Kevork Djansezian

Credit: Kevork Djansezian

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Less than two weeks after the death of Earth, Wind and Fire founding member Maurice White, longtime pal Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the iconic group at the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday.

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Though his appearance was brief, a visibly emotional Wonder was the perfect choice to honor the legacy of White, due to their decades of friendship and musical collaboration.

Wonder was joined by the surviving members of Earth, Wind and Fire, as well as the beloved a cappella group, Pentatonix to perform the Earth, Wind and Fire classic "That’s the Way of the World."

The minute-long tribute to White came after some criticized the Grammy Awards for not paying tribute to African-American artists.