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Paul McCartney & More Celebrate Beatles’ 50th Anniversary

Mon, February 10, 2014 8:09am EDT by 15 Comments
Paul McCartney Beatles Anniversary Tribute
Getty, Courtesy of CBS

50 years ago The Beatles took the United States by storm with their appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ so on Feb. 9 a massive amount of stars — from Katy Perry to Ed Sheeran to Sir Paul himself — took the stage to honor the legendary band.

It was 50 years to the day on Feb. 9 that The Beatles made their first appearance in the U.S. on The Ed Sullivan Show, and CBS did not skimp on the anniversary celebration. With the group’s remaining members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, on hand as guests of honor, “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A Grammy Salute” was an unbelievable tribute concert.

Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran & More Celebrate Beatles 50th Anniversary

It seemed like everyone was there to honor The Beatles — which is probably in part because the concert was held on Jan. 27, the night after the Grammys. But among all of the incredible musicians who took the stage, there were a few monster highlights.

Beatles 50th Anniversary

Katy Perry delivered a heartfelt version of “Yesterday.” In an almost regal, flowing dress with floral embellishments, Katy’s rendition was moving while also capturing the frailty of Paul’s original.

Ed Sheeran was also on the quieter side of things, covering “In My Life” in his usual setting — alone on a dark stage, with just his guitar. Ed plucked away and hit all the notes while Paul and Ringo sat right in front him. Talk about pressure!

Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Reunite

There were also some high energy acts. John Mayer joined country rocker Keith Urban to perform “Don’t Let Me Down.” Taking a cue from one of the Beatles’ last performances ever, John and Keith rocked the song out and pulled out their best guitar tricks to do it justice.

But of course the biggest moment of the night was when the two Beatles took the stage themselves. After each performing a few songs solo, the two united for rousing renditions of “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude.” It was an epic and iconic end to the show — which was fitting for one of the most legendary bands ever.

The Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show really was one of the most momentous events in U.S. music and pop culture history — as the show’s title said, it really did change everything. Thankfully, all the stars on Feb. 9 gave their best and put on an incredible tribute to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

What did you think of it, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

— Andrew Gruttadaro

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