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Stevie Wonder to perform Dick Clark tribute at American Music Awards -- EXCLUSIVE

This year’s American Music Awards will be the first without its founder Dick Clark. But America’s eternal teenager will still be there in spirit — and in song.

Stevie Wonder will be performing a special tribute to Clark at this Sunday’s live ceremony, Dick Clark Productions has announced. The tribute will be introduced by Ryan Seacrest.

“He was a mentor, friend and a wonderful advocate for popular music,” Seacrest said of Clark in a statement. “It’s only fitting that one of music’s legends, Stevie Wonder, will play at Sunday’s tribute.”

Clark, of course, formed the American Music Awards back in 1973 as a means of competing with the Grammys. Wonder himself has snagged 11 AMAs over the years.

“Without a Dick Clark,” AMA producer Larry Klein says, “our entire current musical repertoire might be classical in nature. Not that there’s anything wrong with classical music, but Clark helped Beethoven roll over and tell Tchaikovsky the news.”

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Members of Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend, more join Jerry Garcia tribute live-streaming this Friday

As those of you on the golden road (to unlimited devotion) already know, today would have been Jerry Garcia’s 70th birthday. And while the beloved Grateful Dead frontman is no longer sitting on top of the world, he’s still got plenty of friends truckin’ on his behalf, seventeen years after his death at age 53 of a heart attack.

Dead guitarist Bob Weir has announced that his TRI Studios will be live-streaming a Jerry Garcia tribute concert this Friday for the occasion. The high-definition webcast will be emceed by actor Luke Wilson and viewable at both TRI’s site and at Yahoo! Music starting at 6:30 pm PST, and feature a range of fans and friends.

So far, the announced roster includes indie-rock favorites like Hold Steady members Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, Vampire Weekend-er Chris Tomson, and California songwriter Cass McCombs, as well as folk-slash-jam artists like Phish vet Mike Gordon, psych dude Jonathan Wilson, and Willie Nelson and Paul Simon offspring Lukas Nelson and Harper Simon — all of whom will be headed by Weir.

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Beastie Boys album sales surge in wake of Adam Yauch's death as fans and famous friends pay tribute

Since the sad news broke last Friday, people have spent their weekends (and Mondays) mourning Adam “MCA” Yauch in their own ways.

Unsurprisingly, most people are remembering the fallen Beastie Boy by going back to the group’s music: Licensed to Ill, the Beasties’ breakthrough 1986 debut, shot up to No. 3 on the iTunes albums chart. Of course, it wasn’t the only piece of the band’s catalog to rise on the chart, but it did place the highest. While the album contains some of the band’s best-known work, including “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” “Girls,” “Brass Monkey,” and “Paul Revere” (whew!), it’s also the only Beasties studio album not available on Spotify, which may partly explain its ascendance.

Needless to say, the rest of the Beastie catalog also saw a spike: 1989’s Paul’s Boutique rose to No. 13; 1994’s Ill Communication went to No. 27; 1992’s Check Your Head placed at No. 38; and their most recent, last year’s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, took No. 42.

And the outpouring of love from fans (famous and not) continued over the weekend: On Friday, Coldplay covered “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” during their performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Watch the video below:

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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch's musical legacy: Changing all games, all the time

Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death today leaves a Beastie-size hole in pop music. Though the trio were not the most prolific legends on the landscape (over the course of 25 years, they released only seven proper albums), their impact has been gigantic. Starting with 1986’s Licensed to Ill, the Beastie Boys rewrote the rules for commercial hip-hop, the mainstreaming of hardcore punk, the state of sampling, and the treatment of the old school.

Licensed to Ill, one of the early full-lengths released by influential hip-hop label Def Jam Records, is often referred to as the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart. That title is a little unfair, as those sales were powered by the wildfire success of “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)” — a track that many at the time considered more rock than rap.

The remainder of Licensed to Ill is pure mid-’80s hip-hop: grimy, tricky, and funny. The rhyme trading on “Fight for Your Right” was child’s play compared to the exchanges on “Hold It, Now Hit It,” “She’s Crafty,” and “Paul Revere.”  Though it is hard to believe now, the Beastie Boys’ race rarely came up — in part because hip-hop was a new genre, but also because they had the legitimate skills to counter criticism.

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Willie Nelson getting a statue in Austin on 4/20 (obviously)

Don’t let anybody tell you the city of Austin, Texas, doesn’t have a sense of humor. Not only will the city erect an eight-foot-tall bronze statue in tribute to the country icon (who grew up in nearby Abbott), but they will also salute the other thing that Nelson is known for by unveiling the monument at 4:20 PM on April 20.

“For many, the Willie they connect with is the Outlaw Willie of the Seventies, or the influential advocate for Farm Aid in the Eighties, while others — especially a younger generation — grew fond of him during his more mature years,” sculptor Clete Shields said in a statement. “The sculpture needed to appeal to a broad audience and conjure up the fond memories of so many different people.”

Nelson himself will be on hand at the event. It’s not clear which version of Nelson will be immortalized in bronze, though here’s hoping it’ll be from the stoned Pocahontas era. Like his friend and former collaborator Snoop Dogg, Nelson’s interests have expanded over the past few years: Not only does he still record new music (he’ll have a track on the upcoming album supporting Occupy Wall Street), but he also has his own brand of whiskey. Of course, his main focus nowadays is the legalization of marijuana, expanded research into biofuels, and covering Coldplay songs to sell you burritos.

You know what else rules? Nelson’s cover of “Time After Time.” So well played, Austin. The Nelson statue will make a nice companion to the city’s stately tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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'Soul Train' fans honor Don Cornelius with a dancing flash mob: Watch it here

What’s the best way to remember Soul Train godfather Don Cornelius? Some 100 fans in Times Square this weekend knew the answer: a dance line.

Organized online and executed on Broadway in the heart of Manhattan, the Soul Train flash mob emulated the show’s trademark setup for a good 45 minutes among a gaggle of surprised tourists.

The event was a (literally) moving tribute to honor the show’s late founder and host Cornelius, who was found dead in his Sherman Oaks home last Wednesday.

“Don Cornelius was a big influence in my life, and I just wanted to pay tribute,” said disc jockey Jon Quick, who was holding up speakers at the event. “He was playing the music that nobody else wanted to play. He was an amazing man.”

Watch a convention of flash mobbers bring love, peace, and soul to Times Square in the video below:

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Miley Cyrus' Bob Dylan cover 'You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go' -- Watch the new video here

Anxious to hear Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, the massive, 76-track Tribute Album for a Good Cause from Amnesty International?

No worries — Miley Cyrus has got your back.

In conjunction with Amnesty International, the nose-ringed 19-year-old has released the official video for her country-fried cover of Dylan’s “You’re Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go.”

The song, off 1975’s Blood on the Tracks, loses some of its original spunk and humor (not to mention harmonica), but Cyrus does a decent job with her safe reading of the folk favorite.

Check out the video below to see for yourself:

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Celebrities mourn Etta James via Twitter, internet

The legendary Etta James succumbed to leukemia this morning, and people all over are remembering the singer’s 73 years of life in different ways.

Beyonce, who famously played the star in 2008’s Cadillac Records — and ran into some static with the older star later — took to her website with the following statement:

“This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.”

For many, Twitter provides a natural outlet to mourn and pay tribute. Celebrities as varied as Questlove, Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill, and Nancy Grace have already tweeted about James; we’ve included many of them below: READ FULL STORY

Amy Winehouse biopic still a possibility: Family would consider supporting project which 'told the truth' -- EXCLUSIVE

A spokesperson for Mitch Winehouse has told EW that the father of the late Amy Winehouse would consider allowing his daughter’s music to be used in a biopic.

Various recent media reports had quoted Mitch Winehouse as saying he would never allow Amy’s life story to be told in a film. But Winehouse’s spokesperson claims this is inaccurate and that “Mitch and the family would entertain ideas perhaps for a film but only one they were sure would tell the truth.”

However, Mitch Winehouse has poured cold water on the reports that Lady Gaga is set to play his daughter in a biopic. “I never said Lady Gaga will play Amy,” he wrote on his Twitter page yesterday.

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Willie Nelson's longtime bassist Dan 'Bee' Spears dies after slipping outside home

Willie Nelson’s longtime bassist Dan “Bee” Spears has died from exposure after slipping and falling outside his motor home in Nashville on Thursday night, according to Rolling Stone.

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