Dick ClarkThe Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the late Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Adam "MCA" Yauch and Robin Gibb during Sunday's event. But there were a few iconic names missing from the list of posthumous honorees — Dick Clark, Levon Helm, Etta James and Davy Jones.
Upset fans expressed their outrage online.
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"Artists are at the Billboard Awards BECAUSE of Dick Clark. They have to do something for him," Victoria wrote on Twitter.
For more than half a century, Clark was instrumental in launching the careers of pop stars through his work in radio and television. Ike & Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and Simon & Garfunkel are a few of the performers who made their first television appearances on his "American Bandstand" dance show.
Davy Jones (photo: Dave J. Hogan, Getty Images)Another Twitter user Cassie spoke out for former Monkees rocker Jones. "You know, Davy Jones was a music icon and the Billboard awards said NOTHING. That is a pretty big FAIL. I miss him."
An anonymous Yahoo! user expressed frustration over The Band member Levon Helm being overlooked. "Levon Helm was one of the most influential musicians in the history of recorded music," the unnamed user wrote. "He was a great drummer and a tasty mandolin player as well as a tremendous vocalist. How about a second to acknowledge his passing."
A representative for the Billboard Music Awards has not yet responded to Yahoo! Music's request for comment.
The awards show also received backlash for cutting short its tribute to Summer, who died Friday. As Natasha Bedingfield sang Summer's "Last Dance," the producers cut away for a commercial break.
Levon Helm (photo: Douglas Mason, Getty Images)New York radio personality, Angie Martinez, was among the disappointed viewers who complained about the treatment of the Summer tribute. "Donna Summer was literally the voice of an era! they should have at least let Natasha finish the song," the Hot 97 DJ said via Twitter.
The public was more approving of the tributes to Houston, Yauch and Gibb.