Clark, who died earlier this year, was the subject of a special tribute at the American Music Awards, which he created 40 years ago.
Seacrest said the show still reflects Clark's original vision: Bring together the year's most popular artists and "let the music speak for itself."
"Dick loved the power of music and its ability to create pure joy," Seacrest said Sunday before introducing Wonder, whom he described someone Clark loved as a friend and musician for 49 years.
"I remember his friendship and his kindness. I remember his love for music and his love for people," Wonder said. "I challenge you, you as communicators, leaders, politicians, spiritual leaders: Put your love first like we musicians put our music first. »
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