The Beatles Get By With a Lot of Help From Their Friends for 50th Anniversary Tribute

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The Beatles Get By With a Lot of Help From Their Friends for 50th Anniversary Tribute
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It was a long and winding road to get to the final performance (2 ½ hours!), but the Beatles 50th anniversary special, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles," was a star-studded showcase that had today's hottest singers taking fans back to, er, yesterday.

The all-star lineup for the historic event -- which aired on CBS exactly 50 years to the day after the band's iconic performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- featured everyone from Annie Lennox to Adam Levine. Pharrell Williams, Brad Paisley (and their hats) were also in the house, as were Alicia Keys, John Legend and dozens more superstars.

The big finale -- an all-star performance of "Hey Jude" -- featured all of the night's performers, including rock legends Joe Walsh, Kenny Aronoff, Jeff Lynne, Peter Frampton and Toto's Steve Lukather.

In a backstage segment with David Letterman, Paul McCartney dished that being back at the old Ed Sullivan Theater felt like "like going back to your old school."

"It looks little now but we thought it was huge," the Beatles legend said.

Check out five of the highlights from the Beatles 50th anniversary tribute show.

Stevie Wonder vowed to give the Fab Four classic "We Can Work It Out" a funky edge, and he didn't disappoint. Even McCartney looked amazed by the R&B singer's rendition of his band's 1965 single. Wonder dished that he was 13 years old when he watched the Beatles history-making performance on Sullivan's show.

John Mayer and Keith Urban didn't let fans down with their guitar-dueling duet on "Don't Let Me Down." Of course, this wasn't the first time the longtime pals performed the classic song together. According to The Boot, Mayer and Urban teamed up to jam the song at Eric Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Katy Perry got glammed up for her version of "Yesterday," but some fans didn't appreciate the "Roar" singer's change-up to the lyrics. Yahoo TV reported that Twitterverse was buzzing (and not in a good way) after Perry changed the word "man" to "girl."

And it's time for an Imagine Dragons revolution! The band only recently hit it big with their song "Radioactive," so to see them on the stage sitting on stools and singing "Revolution" while the surviving Beatles looked on was undoubtedly a career highlight for the Vegas alt rockers.

And speaking of the surviving Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney channeled their 1964 selves and stole this show, too. Starr's three-song set included "Matchbox" and "Boys," before he headlined a sing-along to "Yellow Submarine."

McCartney marked the occasion with the Beatles classic "Birthday" (pun intended, we're sure) before launching into "Get Back" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The mini Beatles reunion included a team up with Starr on -- you guessed it - "With a Little Help From My Friends."

At the end of the night, Alicia Keys tweeted a pic of herself with McCartney and Starr, with the caption: "Tonight I am an honorary Beatle! LOL! ;-) #Beatles50."

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