Elvis Presley is being honored with an all-star night of performances to commemorate his iconic 1968 TV special, and several big acts from today are paying tribute to The King. Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton and Post Malone to name a few.
“The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special” taped this week on the Universal lot in Los Angeles on the same stage used for NBC’s “The Voice.” It was filmed in front of a live audience over two days and is said to be a very big production.
Elvis’ daughter and granddaughter, Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough, shared in some of the hosting duties for the remake of his famous 1968 Comeback special. On December 3, 1968, Elvis performed live on NBC for the first time since 1961, and it ended up becoming NBC’s highest-rated show of the season.
Sources at the taping say lineup was absolutely insane and featured the hottest entertainers around performing Elvis’ greatest hits.
The first night included Blake Shelton, Post Malone, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes, Little Big Town, Mac Davis and Darius Rucker.
Interestingly enough, Miranda Lambert actually performed during the second night of filming with her group, Pistol Annies, which also includes Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley (no relation).
The second night also brought performances from Adam Lambert, John Fogerty and Dierks Bentley. It was an amazing night and the crowd was definitely left all shook up.
Along with the live performances, the tapings also included pre-recorded songs from Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran, Alessia Cara, Yolanda Adams and John Legend.
The special — which will also include rare Elvis footage, outtakes and interviews — will air in 2019.