Stevie Wonder Set to Honor Dick Clark at 40th American Music Awards
R&B legend Stevie Wonder has announced plans to honor the dearly departed TV icon Dick Clark at this year’s American Music Awards.
Wonder, a music icon in his own right with 22 Grammys and 11 American Music Awards up his sleeve, will hit the stage at the 40th AMAs in a tribute to the award ceremony’s late creator, according to Dick Clark Productions. Clark created the AMAs for the ABC network in 1973 with nominations based on sales and the amount of airtime musicians received across all media platforms, instead of votes from entertainment industry professionals like with the Grammys.
“I am honored to be a part of the AMAs tribute to Dick Clark,” Ryan Seacrest, who will be introducing the tribute, said in a statement. “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. 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.”
Catch the American Music Awards tonight, November 18 at 8 p.m. ET from Nokia Theatre L.A., with a tape-delay for the West Coast, on ABC.