Blake Shelton hosting all-star Elvis tribute special

Participating artists will be announced at a later date

Blake Shelton has been tapped to host NBC’s upcoming The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special, airing on February 17, 2019.  Celebrating one of the greatest musical events in television history, NBC will look back at the network’s iconic 1968 special that put Elvis Presley back on the map.

From Ken Ehrlich, veteran executive producer of the Grammy Awards and a multi-Emmy Award nominee, the two-hour special will feature an all-star group of music superstars who will pay tribute to Elvis, recreating the spectacle – even the 360 degree staging – of that legendary night on NBC’s Burbank lot. Other acts will be announced shortly with the full lineup set for early next year.

Elvis’ December 3, 1968 special was his first live television performance since 1961 and a monumental TV event. Dressed in a black leather jumpsuit and playing with a full band in front of an intimate audience, the telecast was hugely popular and was, in fact, the No. 1-rated show on NBC that season.

In addition to the musical performances, the special will showcase rare Elvis footage, outtakes and interviews from those involved in the special, including director Steve Binder. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or just getting to know Elvis, this is an event not to be missed.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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