CBS' "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America" special has been nominated for six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Variety Special, and for direction, music direction (for Don Was), writing, lighting design and sound mixing.
The special, which debuted on February 9 and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Shows," featured performances of Beatles songs by Stevie Wonder, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, George Harrison's son Dhani and others, as well as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both separately and together.
McCartney and Starr also played together at the 56th Grammy Awards the night before the Beatles show taping, which Starr tells us is always a thrill:
"Well, y'know, it's not like we haven't done it before, so for me it's always a high. I love to play with Paul. He's, for me he's an incredible musician/writer, of course, and he's a good friend, the most melodic bass player. And, hey, we know the songs!"
The Beatles are actually competing against themselves in a couple of Grammy categories: McCartney's rendition of "Scrambled Eggs" with Jimmy Fallon was part of the "Best of Late Night" show that's also up for Outstanding Variety Special," while the Grammy Awards telecast is also nominated in the lighting design category.
...The Beatles aren't the only classic rockers nominated for an Emmy, either. The Jimi Hendrix documentary "Hear My Train A Comin' " that aired as part of PBS' American Masters series has been nominated for two Emmys in the Nonfiction Programming category.
The Emmys will be handed out on August 25 on NBC.