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Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to play at the Grammys

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by Phyllis Pollack

Yesterday, The Recording Academy announced more performers that have been slated to play at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Among them are Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as members of the Beatles.

In what is expected to be a poignant moment, The Beatles will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Music's Biggest Night will be broadcast on CBS Sunday, Jan. 26, 8 P.M. ET/PT to 11:30 ET/PT.

When it comes to the Grammys, clearly, Beatlemania has never died. The Beatles have previously won six Grammy Awards. In 1964, The Beatles won Best New Artist, and Best Performance by a Vocal Group for "A Hard Day's Night," followed by the Best Contemporary album in 1967 for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and 1967's Album of the Year.

In 1996, The Beatles won two more Grammys for the album Free as a Bird: Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Music Video, Short Form, and for Best Music Video, Long Form.

During Grammy Week, the Recording Academy will also hold the Special Merit Awards Ceremony, at which it will present the Lifetime Achievement Award honoring the musical contributions made to recording by the Beatles, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell.

It has been announced that Ringo Starr is among those slated to attend the Special Merit Awards. Family members or representatives of late Beatles members George Harrison and John Lennon will also attend. No announcement has yet been made regarding Paul McCartney's attendance at the Special Merit Awards.

A special "Grammy moment," Sara Bareilles will perform with four-time winner and 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King. Additional artists slated to perform at the Grammys include vocalist John Legend, rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, country artists Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. More performers will be announced soon.

Two-time winner LL Cool J will again as host.

In a breakdown of which performers have the most nominations, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for The Heist; Song Of The Year for "Same Love" (along with Mary Lambert); Best Rap Performance (along with Wanz) and Best Rap Song for "Thrift Shop"; Best Music Video for "Can't Hold Us" (along with Ray Dalton, Jon Jon Augustavo, Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer, Jenny Koenig, and Jason Koenig); and Best New Artist.

Kacey Musgraves and seven-time winner Taylor Swift both have four. Musgraves is nominated for Best New Artist. She also has two nominations in Best Country Song for "Mama's Broken Heart"
(along with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally) and "Merry Go 'Round" (featuring Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne). She is also nominated for Best Country Album for Same Trailer Different Park.

Swift is holding her breath for Album Of The Year and Best Country Album for Red, Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Highway Don't Care" (along with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban), and Best Country Song for "Begin Again."

Sara Bareilles and 16-time Grammy winner Paul McCartney are each up for two awards. Bareilles is nominated for Album Of The Year for The Blessed Unrest and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Brave." McCartney is up for Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack" (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) and Best Music Film for Live Kisses (with Jonas Åkerlund, Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger).

Nine-time Grammy recipient John Legend and four-time winner Keith Urban each have one nomination. The former is nominated for Best R&B Album for Love In The Future, while Urban is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Highway Don't Care" (featuring Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift).

In 2013, Paul McCartney performed at the Grammys, delivering a memorable performance of the Abbey Road medley.

Previously announced performers include current nominees nominee Nile Rodgers of Chic fame, who will perform with nominee Pharrell Williams, and 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder, nominee Kendrick Lamar and nominees Imagine Dragons.

Headbangers will be happy to see eight-time winners Metallica perform with and Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang.

More performers include nominees Katy Perry, Lorde and P!nk. Nate Ruess of FUN and nominee Robin Thicke will also grace the stage.

Grammy-winning group Chicago, the funk rockers whose debut album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame this year will also rock the Grammys.

A Grammy moment to remember, Merle Haggard, will sing with 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and nominee Blake Shelton.

Daft Punk will also be a part of the evening, performing with the RAM (Random Access Memories) session players, who are Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim and Paul Jackson Jr.

For more coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com or The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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