Carrie Underwood performed at the 2013 Emmy Awards on Sunday night, honoring The Beatles and the late President John F. Kennedy, who died in 1963.
She was there to honor the role TV played in the assassination of JFK, and the great rock band performing on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.
Both events took place within a few months of each other in 1963-1964.
Don Cheadle presented a moving tribute for the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination (November 22, 1963), then turned his attention to the Fab Four.
Don started JFK’s assassination tribute by saying:
"That [era] was the moment when the television generation came of age. More people got information from TV, such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic march."
After the killing of Kennedy, “National tragedy gave way to another event, and a dark cloud was suddenly lifted, making it ok to experience joy again."
"73 million viewers [watching The Ed Sullivan Show] underscored the immediacy of TV and the impact on our society. TV has the power to engage, inform and unite."
"It remembers the past, celebrates the present and anticipates our future."
Carrie's beautiful rendition of The Beatles' “Yesterday” was supplemented by images of the band shown behind her. She, too, got her start with the help of TV.
Great stuff, isn't it?