CBS and the Recording Academy have announced plans for a special celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles will air on February 9 at 8 p.m. ET, exactly 50 years after the Fab Four's famed Ed Sullivan Show visit.
The two-hour show will feature a variety of popular artists performing the same five songs The Beatles played on The Ed Sullivan Show that memorable night, as well as other classic tunes by the legendary band. The special also will include archival footage, as well as appearances by celebrity presenters who will discuss the group's significant musical and cultural contributions.
The Night That Changed America will be recorded on Monday, January 27, one day after the 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Tickets for the tribute event will go on sale soon.
The Beatles' debut Ed Sullivan Show appearance remains one of the highest-rated events in television history, with 74 million people tuning in to watch the band hit the variety program's stage.
"That night 50 years ago on the Ed Sullivan stage, The Beatles delivered a momentous performance, and America witnessed a historic television event and the beginning of a new era in music," says CBS executive Jack Sussman. "We are thrilled to honor these music legends with performances from amazing Grammy-winning artists who were influenced by the Beatles' unforgettable music through the years and that incredible performance in 1964."
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