This year's American Music Awards will do more than recognize today's top music stars. Producer Larry Klein says the upcoming event will also serve as a tribute to the event's founder, Dick Clark, who passed away earlier this year. Klein was on board for the inaugural event back in 1974. He tells Billboard.com that in addition to the performances and award presentations, the ceremony will be packed with clips spanning the event's 40 year history. A few highlights include an interview with Paul McCartney from 1982 that was part of a segment honoring Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston from 1994 -- the year she won big with "The Bodyguard," and clips of Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy.
Klein adds that the event will also give a nod to the music of 1973 that was honored during the inaugural event. The first annual American Music Awards aired on ABC on February 19th, 1974. Stevie Wonder and Charley Pride were the night's big winners. Top nominees for the 40th annual American Music Awards include Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Usher, Drake, and One Direction. This year's ceremony will air on ABC on November 18th.