SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most historic moments in music and television, The Recording Academy ®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will present "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY ® Salute To The Beatles." The primetime entertainment special will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY-winning group and their groundbreaking first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The two-hour show will tape on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards ® , and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 8 – 10 p.m. ET/PT — exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the original event. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. Performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" will feature today's top artists covering songs performed by the Fab Four that momentous evening in 1964 and Beatles songs through the years, and will include footage from that landmark Sunday evening, as well as other archival material. In addition, various presenters will help highlight and contextualize the musical, cultural and historical impact of the group and this legendary performance.
The Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" is one of the most watched television events ever — with 74 million people tuning in to watch the group perform five songs during the variety hour. It is considered by many historians and critics as one of the most important moments in music and television.