Lost Beatles Tape May Steal AMA Show

By | November 6, 2004 at 12:00 AM

New York – This year’s American Music Awards will feature stars such as Usher, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani and Rod Stewart, but the most talked-about moment might come from the Beatles. The show plans to air a 2 1/2-minute tape from 1964 that was recently discovered.

“We’ve got a wonderful old… tape that’s been lost for 40 years that nobody’s seen since it first aired featuring the Beatles singing ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand,'” producer Dick Clark told The Associated Press this week. “It was an English show that aired here that for some reason or another went into a trunk somewhere.”

Stefani is set to open the Nov. 14 show, which will air live on ABC from Los Angeles. Janet Jackson

will introduce Keys and Usher. Other performers include “American Idol” winner Fantasia, Kenny Chesney and Snoop Dogg and Pharrell.

And in case you’re wondering – after Ashlee Simpson’s recent lip-synching controversy on “Saturday Night Live” – Clark told the AP that all performers will be “live, or live to musical track.”

“Ashlee, by the way, is to be host of our ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ show, so I gotta treat her very gently,” he said.

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