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Ryan Seacrest makes Dick Clark cry, Chubby Checker twirls Susan Lucci

June 28, 2010 | 11:59 am
Dick-clark-oneDick Clark was brought to tears Sunday night by a standing ovation at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, after Ryan Seacrest led the audience through decades of memories in a tribute recognizing  "American Bandstand" and Clark's influence on pop music.

Dick-clark-two Chubby Checker rocked "The Twist," pulling Susan Lucci up on stage to dance and then picking her up and twirling her around as a finale -- not bad for 68 and 63, respectively. Tony Orlando tried to get the crowd to sing along with him on "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" (Weak sauce, audience people! Next time sing the dang song!) and Marie Osmond performed to a national audience for the first time since the death of her son Michael Bryan.

A tribute montage included recorded messages from Cher, Barry Manilow, Garth Brooks and even Simon Cowell, who made the point that without "Bandstand," there would be no "American Idol," and closed his bit by letting Clark know he is "the man."

Clark, 80, attended the event with his wife, Kari Wigton, and expressed his thanks to all before his emotions got the better of him. Clark suffered a stroke in 2003; since 2005, Seacrest has been co-hosting "New Year's Rockin' Eve" with him under a variety of titles. 

Check out the opening of the tribute in video embedded after the break.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Dick Clark, left, sits with Ryan Seacrest during the "American Bandstand" tribute at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on June 27, 2010, in Las Vegas. At right, after a standing ovation, Clark breaks down in tears with wife Kari Wigton at his side. Credits: Eric Jamison / Associated Press, left; Kevin Winter / Getty Images for ATI, right.

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