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Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil performers featured in Grammy tribute to The Beatles on CBS

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The fifth-anniversary celebration of The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage on June 8, 2011.

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Yoko Ono Lennon and Sean Lennon at the fifth-anniversary celebration of The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage on June 8, 2011.

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Imagine Dragons aren’t the only Las Vegans to hit the Grammys stage lately. Cast members from Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage have teamed up with the Recording Academy to take part in an upcoming Grammy tribute to The Fab Four on CBS.

“The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” airing this Sunday at 8 p.m., will feature 27 dancers and acrobats from the Cirque show in theatrical renditions of “Here Comes the Sun,” sung by Pharrell Williams and Brad Paisley, and a finale alongside Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and others.

The two-hour special was taped Jan. 27, the day after the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and commemorates The Beatles’ American debut with a broadcast 50 years to the date and time of the legendary group’s noted first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Presented by the Recording Academy, CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, the concert also features Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox and other top artists covering songs played during the landmark 1964 telecast, as well as archival footage and commentary from presenters.

The telecast marks the latest collaboration in a continuing relationship between The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. and Cirque du Soleil. “The Beatles Love” was born from the friendship between the late George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and has played to more than 6 million audience members since opening in Las Vegas in 2006.

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