dick clark productions (dcp) has announced that music icon and eleven-time American Music Award-winner Stevie Wonder will perform a tribute to the legendary Dick Clark on "The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards®." The performance will be introduced by Ryan Seacrest. Stevie Wonder joins previously announced performers including Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Carrie Underwood, Ke$ha, Linkin Park, Nicki Minaj, No Doubt, P!nk, Pitbull, Psy, Taylor Swift, Usher, The Wanted and Swizz Beatz featuring Chris Brown and Ludacris on this year's show, which will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m.
Dick Clark, who passed away earlier this year, created the "American Music Awards" in 1973 to give the music-loving public an opportunity to recognize their favorite artists and records of the year. Clark had long been an ambassador for rock 'n' roll, helping to make this new youth-oriented music acceptable to adults in the '50s, with his clean-cut looks and high standards for teen-aged behavior on his daily "American Bandstand" show. After its inception, he grew the "American Music Awards" through decades of diverse music to become one of the industry's biggest events.
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.
American singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Stevie Wonder, is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music, who at the age of 13, was the youngest recording artist to have achieved a #1 single with "Fingertips, Part 2." Subsequently, he was the first to simultaneously reach #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, R&B Singles and Album Charts. To date, he has amassed 49 Top Forty singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide sales of over 100 million units. Stevie has won 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
In 1983, Stevie spearheaded the realization of "Martin Luther King Day" as a national holiday. His participation in the 1985 "We Are The World" fundraiser for hunger in Africa was a music industry milestone, while his involvement to put an end to apartheid in South Africa is legendary. In 1999, he became the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Stevie is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame.
In 2009, Stevie was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and performed his commission, "Sketches Of A Life," which placed him in a very select group of eminent composers who have received library commissions, ranging from Aaron Copeland to Leonard Bernstein to Paquito D'Rivera. Stevie is a Commander of France's National Order of Arts and Letters, and is a designated United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on persons with disabilities.