Video: Dick Clark's Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award Speech From 1994
April 18, 2012 | By Billboard Staff
Dick Clark died this morning at the age of 82, but left behind a massive legacy as a television personality and the host of New Year's Rockin' Eve, but his most enduring legacy was his near-40 year turn as host of "American Bandstand." When accepting his Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement (presented to him by Gladys Knight) in 1994 (which you can watch above), he paid tribute to the lasting legacy of the show which brought kids of all cultures, classes, and races together around music.
"I don't have time to thank every person that has helped me along the way. I want to thank a thing: American Bandstand, because I grew up with it, and most of you did," he says in the speech. "For almost 40 years, kids got together in a social atmosphere, they got to know one another, they exchanged cultures, and they didn't hurt each other, and there wasn't any violence, and we can all learn a little something from that show."