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A Day in the Life

''Lost'' Beatles footage will air on American Music Awards. Dick Clark says he's dug up performance footage of the band's performance on a British TV show that's gone unseen for 40 years

A dilemma for Dick Clark: While performances by the likes of Twista, Kanye West, and Maroon 5 may draw younger viewers to Sunday's American Music Awards, how do you attract their parents? Answer: Book the Beatles. Clark, who produces the annual poll-driven awards show for ABC, told the Associated Press that one of the show's highlights will be the broadcast of previously ''lost'' Beatles performance footage for the first time in four decades. ''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,''' Clark said of the 2 1/2-minute clip. ''It was an English show that aired here that for some reason or another went into a trunk somewhere.''

Actually, the Beatles won't be the only grownup-friendly performers on the Nov. 14 show. Rod Stewart and Josh Groban are on the bill, as are country acts Kenny Chesney (duetting with Uncle Kracker on ''When the Sun Goes Down''), Toby Keith, and Gretchen Wilson. Also performing will be Usher and Alicia Keys (duetting on ''My Boo''), Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Jessica Simpson, Snoop Dogg (featuring Pharrell Williams), and in her solo debut, Gwen Stefani. In an acknowledgement that we live in a post-Ashlee Simpson universe, Clark assured AP that all performers would be singing ''live, or live to musical track.''

Originally posted Nov 08, 2004