Stevie Wonder played harmonica on 'Jolene,' thanked by Beyonce at iHeartRadio Music Awards.    

Beyonce Knowles-Carter discussed innovation obstacles and revealed a renowned "Cowboy Carter" collaborator during her iHeartRadio Innovator Award acceptance speech on Monday..  

Beyonce was presented with the award by legendary singer Stevie Wonder, one of the night's top accolades.Beyonce praised him for "making a way" and playing harmonica on her "Jolene" re-recording.." "Whenever anyone asks me if there's anyone I could listen to for the rest of my life, it's always you," Wonder added.  

He praised her for altering music with the 2013 unexpected release of her self-titled album and for being the first African American woman to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.  

"Now Beyoncé is once again changing music and culture, climbing in the saddle as a bona fide country music sensation with her latest masterpiece 'Cowboy Carter,' which may end up being the most talked about album this century," Wonder adds.  

After releasing her new album on Friday, Beyonce attended the iHeartRadio Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.. Innovators typically face criticism, which tests their mental strength "stated her acceptance speech. "My hope is that we're more open to the joy and liberation that comes from enjoying art with no preconceived notions."  

She acknowledged "Cowboy Carter" star Linda Martell, Tracy Chapman, Rosetta Tharpe, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Andre 3000, Tina Turner, and Michael Jackson.  

Her cowboy hat, leather jacket, and stilettos were all black. Her husband Jay-Z accompanied her. Innovator Award is granted annually by iHeartRadio to a musician who continually contributes to pop culture and the music industry.   

An iHeartRadio news release noted that Beyoncé has taken creative risks, altered her music, and influenced pop culture like few artists in history."The worldwide cultural icon has developed music that has topped the charts across many media and designed pioneering tours, including last year's RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR, the highest-grossing tour for an R&B artist and a Black female artist."  

The Fox awards presentation was hosted by Ludacris and streamed on iHeartMedia radio stations worldwide via the iHeartRadio app.  

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