Though though no names were announced, CBS says that "today's top artists" will cover songs performed by the Beatles while appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show," as well as other songs throughout the group's career. Various presenters will also highlight the impact -- musical, cultural and historical -- of the group and their TV appearance, which drew 74 million viewers.
“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.
Added Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Academy: "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.”
AEG Ehrlich Ventures will produce the special, with Ken Ehrlich as executive producer.
This story first appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.