Stevie Wonder will perform a tribute to the late Dick Clark at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, show producers announced today. The soul legend will take the stage in honor of the late TV and radio personality, who created the American Music Awards in 1973 and hosted American Bandstand. He died on April 18th at age 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.”
Added Ryan Seacrest, who is set 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.”
Stevie Wonder joins Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Linkin Park, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Ke$ha, Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen and more for this year’s anniversary show. The awards will be broadcast live on ABC on November 18th at 8 p.m. EST.