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The Beatles to Be Saluted in Two-Hour TV Special

Russell Hall
The Beatles

The 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ debut performances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” will be marked by a two-hour TV special on CBS. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles” will air Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time. The show—which will highlight the musical, cultural and historical impact of the band and its Sullivan appearance—will be taped the day after the Grammys, on Monday, Jan. 27.

“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,” said Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment executive VP of specials and events.

Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Academy, added: "As the Grammy Awards are music’s biggest night, it's only fitting that we recognize this milestone moment in music history and pay tribute to this larger-than-life group and their enduring music and legacy.”

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