Snoop Dogg's marijuana ode has cameo from Stevie Wonder

Jack Plunkett/Invision via APIn this March 20

Jack Plunkett/Invision via APIn this March 20

Stevie Wonder has broken the hearts of grandmas everywhere.

Snoop Dogg unexpectedly released his new single, “California Roll,” on Monday night — and even more unexpectedly, the ode to medical marijuana features the contributions of the man who once sang “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”

Snoop told Yahoo Music on Monday that he scored the impromptu cameo during a cannabis-infused recording session with Pharrell Williams. After calling up the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and assuring him the recording session was “magical right now,” the rapper found the way to Wonder’s heart.

“Just come play the harmonica on it,” Snoop told Wonder. “He’s like, ‘I’ll be there.’ I had to lure him in with the harmonica.”

LOCAL CHEFS HONORED

The Bay Area didn’t dominate Monday’s James Beard Awards, but it snagged a nice slice.

The award for rising star chef went to Jessica Largey of Manresa, the two-Michelin-star New American restaurant in Los Gatos.

The James Beard Foundation, which tragically does not call its awards “The Jimmys,” named Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions the best chefs in the U.S. West category. Rajat Parr of Mina Group was named the outstanding wine, beer or spirits professional.

The James Beard Awards, which were hosted by TV chef Alton Brown in Chicago, honored San Francisco’s A16 with the award for outstanding wine program.

QUICK TAKES

Teatro ZinZanni, which combined cabaret, circus feats and dinner on the waterfront from 2000-2011, got a boost from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Supervisors voted unanimously to allow ZinZanni and Kenwood Investments LLC to proceed with plans to build a permanent home at Seawall Lot 324. … Character actress Ellen Albertini Dow, known for her memorable rendition of “Rapper’s Delight” in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” died this week at age 101. The longtime dancer and theater performer didn’t appear on-screen she was in her 70s.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Comedian Sasheer Zamata (“Saturday Night Live”) is 29. … Actress Gabourey Sidibe (“Sapphire”) is 32. … Actor-director George Clooney (“The Monuments Men”) is 54. … Singer John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants is 55. … Former Giants pitcher Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese pitcher in the major leagues, is 71. … Former Giants center fielder and Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays is 84.FeaturesGossipJames Beard AwardsSnoop DoggStevie Wonder

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