Music Legend Stevie Wonder performed a moving tribute to Dick Clark on The 40th Anniversary of the “American Music Awards” on Sunday, broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A.. The 11-time AMA winner closed out the 2012 AMAs honoring the iconic Dick Clark.
He was introduced by Ryan Seacrest, who prior the ceremony said,
“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”.
Dick 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.
Other performers that made it a night to remember include; 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.
Watch Stevie’s touching tribute to Dick Clark on Page 2!!