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Music icon Stevie Wonder to perform a tribute to Dick Clark on 40th Anniversary American Music Awards

by jmaloni
Sat, Nov 17th 2012 07:00 am

Ryan Seacrest to introduce tribute performance

dick clark productions has announced that music icon and 11-time American Music Award winner Stevie Wonder will perform a tribute to the legendary Dick Clark on The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards. The performance will be introduced by Ryan Seacrest. Wonder joins previously announced performers including Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Carrie Underwood, Ke$ha, Linkin Park, Nicki Minaj, No Doubt, Pink, Pitbull, Psy, Taylor Swift, Usher, The Wanted and Swizz Beatz featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris on this year's show, which will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, Nov. 18 (8 to 11 p.m.), on ABC.

Clark, who passed away earlier this year, created the "American Music Awards" in 1973 to give the music-loving public an opportunity to recognize their favorite artists and records of the year. Clark had long been an ambassador for rock 'n' roll, helping to make this new, youth-oriented music acceptable to adults in the '50s, with his clean-cut looks and high standards for teen-aged behavior on his daily "American Bandstand" show. After its inception, he grew the "American Music Awards" through decades of diverse music until it became one of the industry's biggest events.

AMA producer Larry Klein stated: "Without a Dick Clark, our entire current musical repertoire might be classical in nature. 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."

"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," Seacrest said. "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."

At the inaugural telecast of the "American Music Awards," Wonder received the award for the Favorite Soul/R&B Single for "Superstition," as well as Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist. Since then, he has won nine AMAs, including an Award of Merit in 1982.

For the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting. Artists will be honored in the categories of pop/rock, country, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, alternative, adult contemporary, Latin, contemporary inspirational and - for the first year ever - electronic dance music. Fans can go to the official homepage of The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, ama.abc.com, to find nominations, performer and presenter announcements, artist information and more.

For the fourth consecutive year, the live online pre-show "Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2012 AMAs" will stream live for fans worldwide starting at 5 p.m., and will be hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski, Sean Kingston, Eden Sher and Tristan Wilds, as well as Nokia correspondent Andy Grammer. Viewers will be able to watch the live show on ABC.com,AMAs365.com,Cokemusic.com,Livestream,Ustream,POPSUGAR.com,YouTube, and through AP Live Entertainment.

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