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Beatles to receive Lifetime Grammy Award at 50 year Brit Invasion anniversary

It was 24 years after Sinatra's first number one record, 17 years after Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, and 8 years after Elvis notched his first number one single when The Beatles hit the top of the US charts with 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' in January of 1964.

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Jump to 50 years later and that quartet from Liverpool has been gone for roughly 44 years, having packed an 8 year career with recordings that have gone on to sell over one billion units worldwide and an overall presence that would alter pop culture for decades to come.

All these numbers add up to a plethora of celebrations marking the half-century point since the group conquered America.

The Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 26th, will be broadcast on CBS television at 8:00. The Beatles will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy that night. Will surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform during the ceremony? Nothing is certain at this point.

February 9th is the 50 year anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. The Night That Changed America: A Grammys Salute to The Beatles will be broadcast this February 9th on CBS and Sir Paul and Ringo have been confirmed to perform together.

The Beatles, the advance guard of what would be termed 'The British Invasion' of America, will be honored many times this year.

When they first met the American press in 1964 The Beatles were asked on a number of occasions by jaded reporters: "What will you do when the bubble bursts?" 50 years later that 'bubble' seems wholly intact...

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