Emmy Awards: Carrie Underwood and Don Cheadle Join Tribute Segment

The 'Blown Away' hitmaker will sing to commemorate JFK's assassination in 1963, while the 'Iron Man 3' actor will honor the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' performance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'.
The Television Academy has tapped two more stars to take part in the tribute segment of the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Carrie Underwood and Don Cheadle are set to appear at the show to honor two key moments in TV history 50 years ago.

The winner of "American Idol" season 4, Underwood, will perform in an honor of television's impact on the coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. There's no word on the song that she will sing.

As for Cheadle who is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at this year's Emmys through his role on "House of Lies", he will lead a tribute to The Beatles' legendary performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show". The band's gig took place just 80 days after JFK was killed.

"To have an opportunity to look back at a time that represented television's finest hour in a program that celebrates so many of this year's achievements is what makes the Emmys special," executive producer Ken Ehrlich says in a statement. "We are certain that viewers will enjoy this special tribute."

Previously, the TV Academy announced special tributes to actors James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jonathan Winters and Edith Bunker, as well as "Family Ties" producer Gary David Goldberg. Edie Falco, Jane Lynch, Robin Williams, Rob Reiner and Michael J. Fox will deliver personal tributes to each of these late talents.

"These five individuals brought us such great entertainment and joy, so having their close friends share personal remembrances is something that will be very meaningful for television audiences across the country and across the generations," Ehrlich said, assuring that "our traditional 'In Memoriam' segment will be presented in a unique new format that will give added importance to an already much anticipated segment of the Emmy show."

The Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Sunday, September 22 on CBS from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles starting at 8 P.M. Neil Patrick Harris is hosting, and Elton John is set to perform in a tribute to legendary pianist Liberace.

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