On February 9, 1964, the Beatles made history with their first American TV performance. A record-setting 73 million people tuned in to watch The Ed Sullivan Show that night, and rock was forever changed. To honor its 50th anniversary, CBS will broadcast The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles featuring Beatles tracks sung by a slew of all-star musicians and the two remaining Beatles.
Filmed the day after the GRAMMYs, acts from wildly different genres paid tribute to the Fab Four: From pop (Katy Perry, Maroon 5) to rock (Imagine Dragons, Dave Grohl), R&B (John Legend, Alicia Keys) to country (Keith Urban, Brad Paisley) and more. Plus, everyone's favorite '80s synth-pop duo Eurythmics reunited for the special.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr also performed a number of Beatles classics and acknowledged the void left by the late John Lennon and George Harrison. "We were in a band, it's called the Beatles," Starr said toward the end of the show. "And if we play, John and George are always with us. It's always John, Paul, George and Ringo."
Check out who played what Beatles songs below, and look out for A Grammy Salute to the Beatles airing February 9.
- Alicia Keys and John Legend, "Let It Be"
- Katy Perry, "Yesterday"
- John Mayer and Keith Urban, "Don't Let Me Down"
- Pharrell and Brad Paisley, "Here Comes the Sun"
- Imagine Dragons, "Revolution"
- Ed Sheeran, "In My Life"
- Maroon 5, "All My Loving" and "Ticket to Ride"
- Stevie Wonder "We Can Work It Out"
- Gary Clarke Jr. and Joe Walsh, "As My Guitar Gently Weeps"
- The Eurythmics "The Fool on the Hill"
- Dave Grohl and ELO's Jeff Lynne, "Hey Bulldog"
- George Harrison's Son Dhani Harrison, Joe Walsh and Jeff Lynne, "Something"
- Ringo Starr, "Matchbox," "Boys" and "Yellow Submarine"
- Paul McCartney, "Magical Mystery Tour," "Birthday," "Get Back," "I Saw Her Standing There"
- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "With a Little Help From My Friends," "Hey Jude"
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