GRAMMY Award-winners John Legend and Carrie Underwood will co-host an all-encompassing retrospective packed with epic moments from the past 59 years of GRAMMY history, including new anecdotes directly from the artists on how their GRAMMY performances came to be. The primetime special will be broadcast on Friday, Nov. 24, from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT, on the CBS Television Network.
The one-of-a-kind broadcast event will feature rare archival footage, exclusive interviews, and special appearances by multi-GRAMMY winners and nominees Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Chris Martin, Ricky Martin, Paul McCartney, P!nk, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Justin Timberlake, U2, Underwood, and Keith Urban.
"GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special" will highlight some of the most memorable GRAMMY Moments from the last five decades of Music's Biggest Night and take viewers behind the scenes to reveal unknown facts about the remarkable performances. Special segments will include reactions from GRAMMY producers and members of the music community following some legendary performances, including Paul McCartney bringing the Beatles’ legendary album, Abbey Road, to the GRAMMY stage.
"As we approach this milestone in GRAMMY history, we are excited to give music fans a glimpse into what artists, musicians, producers, set designers, and others do to make those unforgettable GRAMMY Moments," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "This special will take audiences on a new journey as they relive those extraordinary moments that can only be seen on the GRAMMYs."
"Never before have we gathered all of GRAMMY's greatest moments from more than a half-century of award shows for one primetime special, and when you see them put together in a parade of amazing clip montages interspersed with the stories behind the performances, it's really pretty unbelievable," said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards for the past 38 years.
Artist reactions on "GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special" include:
"To be asked by Paul McCartney to come up and jam was like a life affirming moment for me."— Dave Grohl
"Everybody I've performed with on the GRAMMYs is brilliant and I've learned a lot from them, and I've enjoyed the experience so much. What I love about the GRAMMYs is seeing people, the true artists come on … the people who last the test of time, and they always give me goosebumps."— Elton John
“I have never felt more honored, proud, and nervous, and a sense of unexpected accomplishment. My first moment on that stage was with one of the greatest legends— not in country music—of the entertainment industry, period!"— Blake Shelton on performing with Glen Campbell at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012.
"GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special" continues the tradition of previous Emmy Award-winning TV specials presented by the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS: "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute," "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America—A GRAMMY Salute," "Sinatra 100—An All-Star GRAMMY Concert," and "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees."