The American Music Awards have announced that Stevie Wonder will perform a tribute to late TV and Radio legend Dick Clark. Known by many for serving as host/executive producer of shows like American Bandstand, and Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve, Clark Created The American Music Awards in 1973. He died this past April at the age of 82.
“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,” AMA producer Larry Klein said in a statement. “Sunday’s tribute to Dick Clark performed by the iconic Stevie Wonder is going to be talked about for years to come.”
Clarks predecessor Ryan Seacrest will also contribute to the tribute by introducing Wonder. He expressed his sentiments for the occasion in a statement.
“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 awards will be broadcast live on ABC on November 18th at 8 p.m. EST. We’ll be watching. Will you?