Stevie Wonder will hit the stage for a special tribute performance in honor of the late showbiz icon Dick Clark at this Sunday's American Music Awards. Clark, who founded the AMAs in 1972, passed away in April at age 82 after suffering a heart attack. Introducing the singer and performance is Clark's protege Ryan Seacrest, calling him a "mentor, friend and a wonderful advocate for popular music."
"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," said AMA producer Larry Klein. "Sunday's tribute to Dick Clark performed by the iconic Stevie Wonder is going to be talked about for years to come."
Wonder joins a stellar AMA performance lineup, which includes a variety of artists like Usher, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull. The AMAs will be hosted at the Los Angeles Nokia Center and air live on ABC this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
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