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The Beatles to be honoured at Grammys, 50 years after first US TV appearance

Published on Jan 24, 2014 10:24 PM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Music's biggest stars gather on Sunday for the Grammys, with artists ranging from The Beatles and veteran rapper Jay-Z to newcomers like New Zealand's Lorde and rapper Kendrick Lamar up for honours.

French electro sensation Daft Punk, pop diva Taylor Swift, chart-topper Justin Timberlake and Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are also among those vying for prizes at music's version of the Oscars in Los Angeles.

Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform as organisers the Recording Academy belatedly bestow a Lifetime Achievement Award on the Fab Four, while preparing to mark 50 years since their famous first US TV appearance.

Performers at the awards show include a who's who of music's finest, ranging from Katy Perry and Robin Thicke to veterans Carole King, Chicago and an unlikely duet by rockers Metallica with acclaimed Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

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