Stevie Wonder to Perform Tribute to Dick Clark at 40th Anniversary American Music Awards
"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," said Ryan Seacrest. "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."
At the inaugural telecast of the "American Music Awards," Stevie Wonder received the award for the Favorite Soul/R&B Single for "Superstition," as well as Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist. Since then, he has won nine AMAs including an Award of Merit in 1982.
Clips from the past 40 years of the AMAs including historic footage of Stevie Wonder are available at www.abcmedianet.com. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming days. Tickets are on sale (please visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-877-234-8425.).
For the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting. Artists will be honored in the categories of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational and -- for the first year ever -- Electronic Dance Music. Fans can go to the official homepage of "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards," ama.abc.com, to find nominations, performer and presenter announcements, artist information and more.
For the fourth consecutive year, the live online pre-show "Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2012 AMAs" will stream live for fans worldwide starting at 5:00 p.m., ET / 2:00 p.m., PT and will be hosted by Lance Bass, Kimberly Cole, Brad Goreski, Sean Kingston, Eden Sher and Tristan Wilds, as well as Nokia correspondent Andy Grammer. Viewers will be able to watch the live show on ABC.com, AMAs365.com, Cokemusic.com, Livestream, Ustream, POPSUGAR.com, YouTube, and through AP Live Entertainment. Livestream and Ustream-powered video players will be made available to media partners, as well as for the websites and Facebook Pages of participating talent.
"The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards" is produced by Dick Clark productions, inc. Allen Shapiro and Orly Adelson will executive produce the show. Larry Klein will produce. The program will be broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D,L,S parental guideline.