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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 February, 2004, 13:50 GMT
Grammys to include Beatle tribute
The Beatles' debut on the Ed Sullivan Show attracted 73m viewers
Sting will be among artists staging a special tribute to The Beatles during Sunday evening's Grammy Awards ceremony, it has been announced.

The tribute will mark the 40th anniversary of the Fab Four's first US television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Rock singer Dave Matthews, R&B star Pharrell Williams and country singer Vince Gill will also join the tribute.

Other stars to perform at the Grammys include Prince and Justin Timberlake.

The Beatles' tribute marks a landmark event in US television history - when the group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964.


The appearance is credited as the moment when Beatlemania crossed the Atlantic, with an estimated 73 million people tuning in to see the show, with crime rates reportedly dropping in US cities during the broadcast.

Sting is among musicians lined-up for the tribute

The group performed I Want To Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, All My Loving, Till There Was You and I Saw Here Standing There.

They went on to make three more appearances on the show.

This year's Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles - the 46th - will also include live appearances by the Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce Knowles.

Knowles is among the leading contenders with six nominations - the same number as rap star Jay-Z and R&B-hip-hop act Outkast.

Timberlake, Eminem and Missy Elliott are among nine artists with five nominations each.

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