The Eurythmics are reuniting — to pay tribute to the Beatles. The Recording Academy announced Monday that Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will perform as a duo for “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.” The event will be taped at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 27, a day after the Grammy Awards.
Longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, who is also producing the Beatles special, wouldn’t say which Beatles tune the British duo will perform, but John Mayer and Keith Urban will pair up to perform “Don’t Let Me Down,” while Alicia Keys and John Legend will perform a duet on “Let It Be.”
The special will air on CBS on Feb. 9 — exactly 50 years after the Beatles made their U.S. debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” An estimated 73 million viewers tuned in to watch the event.
Ehrlich wouldn’t confirm if Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr would attend the event, though the Beatles will be honored with a lifetime achievement award two days earlier at the Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards.
‘Fresh Prince’ mourns ‘Uncle Phil’
Will Smith has paid tribute to the late James Avery, the actor who played his uncle on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” for six seasons. On Sunday, Smith used his Facebook page to share some personal reflections about Avery, who died at age 68 of complications after undergoing open heart surgery on Dec. 31. Smith wrote: “Some of my greatest lessons in acting, living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery. Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in peace.” Avery, who stood more than 6 feet, played the family patriarch and a wealthy attorney and judge on the popular TV comedy that launched Smith’s acting as Philip Banks’ troublemaking nephew.
little prince: Antoine de Saint-Exupery crafted “The Little Prince” in New York City, mentioning Rockefeller Center and Long Island in one draft of the beloved children’s tale — references he ultimately deleted. That page is contained in the French author’s original handwritten manuscript, which is the subject of a major exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum celebrating the book’s 1943 publication. “The Little Prince: A New York Story,” which opens Jan. 24, features 35 of his original watercolors and 25 pages from his heavily revised 140-page text, written in Saint-Exupery’s tiny script. Some visitors may be surprised to learn that “The Little Prince,” which has been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects, was written and first published in New York.