There's an easy way to give pop music's most performance-hardened stars a case of the butterflies: Ask them to perform in front of The Beatles, The Associated Press reports.
Many of today's top artists gathered Monday night to honor The Beatles' legacy, with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in attendance and late members John Lennon and George Harrison always in mind, at The Recording Academy's taping of "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles."
John Legend and Alicia Keys sang "Let It Be." Katy Perry performed "Yesterday," while her boyfriend, John Mayer, teamed with Keith Urban on "Don't Let Me Down." And Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams took on the challenge of "Here Comes the Sun," a song well known to millions of music fans.
"We are honoring the most important band of all time and trying to do justice to their song while two of them sit there," Paisley said in an interview before his performance. "We know, going in, we're not going to sing like them, and we're going to try to do our own thing with it. But ... there's reasons why people get blasted when they cover Beatles songs in any situation. But here we are, we're all doing that tonight. So, I guess it's an even playing field in that sense."
It was until McCartney and Starr took the stage, turning what had been a fairly sedate affair into an arm-in-arm sing-along of hits "Hey, Jude," "Sgt. Pepper" and "Yellow Submarine" that prompted movie stars and Grammy Award-winning musicians alike to sing along like giddy kids.
The telecast will air Feb. 9 on CBS, 50 years after The Fab Four made their first appearance in front of an American TV audience on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Justin Bieber has a Valentine's Day date with a South Florida judge on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license, the AP reports.
A Miami-Dade County judge on Tuesday set a Feb. 14 arraignment date for the 19-year-old pop star. In an arraignment, prosecutors formally file charges and a plea is entered, although a defendant's lawyer can enter the plea in writing. Bieber might not be required to attend.
Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested last week in Miami Beach during what police described as an illegal street drag race between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. Neither has been charged with drag racing. Police say Bieber admitted to smoking marijuana, drinking and taking prescription medication.
NBC has moved the Emmys to Monday. In an effort to avoid conflicting with the NFL, the annual TV kudos will air a month earlier than normal, on Aug. 25, in lieu of the usual Sunday time slot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 66th annual TV awards will air live at 8 p.m. NBC announced the news jointly with the Television Academy, and did not say anything about a host at the time.
The Emmys' shift also means an earlier date for the Creative Arts Emmys. Those will be held Aug. 16.
Moving the Emmys to August was a decision first made last year. NBC, which airs TV ratings juggernaut Sunday Night Football, wanted to avoid a conflict with football -- much as it did with the 2006 and 2010 Emmys. Every other Emmys ceremony since 2002, broadcast on Fox, ABC and CBS, has aired in September.
The party's off!
E! News has learned that Oprah Winfrey has canceled celebrations for her upcoming 60th birthday.
The media mogul was slated to have a blowout bash "but the guest list was getting out of control so she decided to cancel," a source tells us.
But it seems like she already rang in the special occasion with a little help from Soul Cycle.
Sure, it's not exactly a swanky, black-tie affair, but Winfrey looked like she had the time of her life in the spinning class.
She and several of her closest friends (OK, like 50 pals) stopped by the West Hollywood outpost last Friday.
"I just had the best birthday experience ever at SoulCyle," the sweaty birthday girl explained in a video she posted on her Instagram after the class.
A source told E! News at the time that everyone in the class wore blue shirts with "Happy Birthday Oprah" written in big green letters.
Instructor Angela Davis made sure to include many of Winfrey's favorite songs during the 45-minute workout.
Winfrey's bestie Gayle King spoke with E! News about what she was thinking of getting her for her birthday.
"It's not like Oprah needs anything, but she loves all things, books ... and she's a fan of cashmere. She has everything, but I don't care who you are, everybody likes a present."
So what will Wednesday bring the soon-to-be 60-year-old?
"She's still trying to figure out what's the best way to celebrate," King explained.
MSNBC has given Ronan Farrow a time slot for his new show, part of a shuffling of the news network's daytime schedule, the AP reports.
Farrow is Mia Farrow's son and a former foreign policy official in the Obama administration. He will start Feb. 24 with a one-hour show at 1 p.m.
He'll be followed by a new show at 2 p.m. with Joy Reid, managing editor of The Grio.com. Current shows hosted by Tamron Hall and Andrea Mitchell will air at 11 a.m. and noon.
The daytime openings were created by the move of Thomas Roberts to the early slot before "Morning Joe" and the exit of Martin Bashir following crude comments he made about Sarah Palin.
Alex Wagner moved her show from noon to 4 p.m. following Bashir's exit, and she'll keep that schedule.