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This year’s American Music Awards will see one legend paying tribute to another. Producers announced that Stevie Wonder will perform a tribute to the late Dick Clark.
Clark created the American Music Awards in 1973 and this year’s 40th anniversary show will be the first since he died in April at the age of 82.
“Without a Dick Clark, our entire current musical repertoire might be classical in nature,” AMA producer Larry Klein said in a statement posted at TVByTheNumbers. “Not that there’s anything wrong with classical music, but Clark helped Beethoven roll over and tell Tchaikovsky the news. Sunday’s tribute to Dick Clark performed by the iconic Stevie Wonder is going to be talked about for years to come.”
Ryan Seacrest, who has hosted Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, will be on hand to introduce Wonder.
“I am honored to be a part of the AMAs’ tribute to Dick Clark. He was a mentor, friend and a wonderful advocate for popular music, helping make it one of the cornerstones of American culture. We miss him dearly,” the American Idol host added. “He gave hundreds of stars their national TV debut. So, it’s only fitting that one of music’s legends, Stevie Wonder, will play at Sunday’s tribute. It will be a great show.”
Wonder won two awards during the first AMA broadcast and has won another nine since then. In 1982, he won an Award of Merit.
Over the past few weeks, Dick Clark Productions have slowly announced the performers for the show, which will air this Sunday, live from Los Angeles on ABC.
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