So touching. Ryan and Stevie paid tribute to ‘America’s oldest teenager,’ the late Dick Clark, at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Nov. 18.
Watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve will never be the same again, since the death of Dick Clark this year. Dick was the founder of the American Music Awards, so it only seems fitting that Ryan Seacrest and Stevie Wonder planned a touching performance, dedicated to the late, great Dick.
Stevie performed a medley of hit songs including “My Cherie Amour,” “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” and “Sir Duke,” while Ryan said some touching words of tribute to his “mentor.” Ryan had previously said of Dick, “He was a mentor, friend and a wonderful advocate for popular music.”
At the awards show, Ryan spoke kindly about Dick. He admitted that he “was in awe of his star quality” and that Dick “loved the power of music.” He said that “the AMAs on its 40th anniversary still reflects Dick’s vision” and that he wanted to “use music to celebrate his life.” Cue Stevie Wonder!
Stevie’s performance was sweet and appropriate as pictures of Dick emerged on a screen behind him. Stevie also spoke fondly of his late friend Dick, as he said he will “remember his friendship and his kindness.” It really was the perfect way to pay tribute to one of the world’s greatest entertainers.
What do YOU think of the tribute to Dick Clark, HollywoodLifers?
— Eleanore Hutch
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