AMAs paid tribute to a wide variety of artists in the 2012 award show. We got to see a video of Cyndi Lauper singing her ballad, “Time After Time.” The ’80s were also represented with an almost disturbing clip of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince — the man now known to all as Will Smith — bouncing around the stage in bright colors.
Because this was a night of many boy bands, the AMAs had to give us some eye-candy nostalgia as well. This musical genre was well-represented by *NSYNC (looking so young!) singing “Bye Bye Bye.”
One of the more moving, pre-Dick Clark moments came when Brandy introduced a brief tribute to Whitney Houston, obviously a huge influence on the music industry celebrated by this awards ceremony.
Why does Dick Clark get the ultimate honors? Considering that the American Music Awards are themselves a Dick Clark production, this night wouldn’t even exist without the iconic host and producer.