Carrie Underwood, Post Malone, Blake Shelton Set For ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’

A two-hour extravaganza, the show will be hosted by Shelton and feature contemporary artists from all genres of music performing Presley’s classic songs.

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Carrie Underwood, Post Malone and Blake Shelton are just three of the big names lined up for NBC’s all-star special entitled Elvis All-Star Tribute which is set to air on US television on what would have been Elvis Presley’s 84th birthday.

Elvis All-Star Tribute is scheduled to air on Sunday, 17 February. A two-hour extravaganza, it will be hosted by The Voice coach Blake Shelton and feature contemporary artists from all genres of music performing songs from throughout the King’s career, including those he sang during the legendary 1968 ‘Comeback Special.’ Among them, Shelton re-creates ‘Trouble/Guitar Man,’ Darius Rucker delivers ‘One Night’ and Jennifer Lopez sings ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’

Elsewhere, Carrie Underwood and Yolanda Adams sing a special gospel medley, while Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Rucker, Shelton and Underwood team up for Presley’s anthemic ‘If I Can Dream.’

Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream ('68 Comeback Special)

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The broadcast also includes interviews with Priscilla Presley and the director of the ‘68 Comeback Special — originally just titled Elvis — Steve Binder, who spoke to Rolling Stone in August 2018 about the impact of the concert.

As a complement to Elvis All-Star Tribute, RCA/Legacy Recordings will release The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special on 15 February. A collection of Presley’s performances from the original 1968 show, the CD also includes the updated guest-heavy take on ‘If I Can Dream.’

Elvis All-Star Tribute is set to include the following performances:

“Trouble”/”Guitar Man” – Blake Shelton
“Hound Dog” – Shawn Mendes
“Burning Love” – Keith Urban
“Baby, What You Want Me to Do” – Keith Urban & Post Malone
“Jailhouse Rock” – John Fogerty
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Ed Sheeran
“Always on My Mind” – Kelsea Ballerini
“Heartbreak Hotel” – Jennifer Lopez
“One Night” – Darius Rucker
“Suspicious Minds” – Blake Shelton
“Love Me Tender” – Alessia Cara
“Memories” – Mac Davis
“A Little Less Conversation” – John Legend
“Are You Lonesome Tonight” – Little Big Town
“Blue Suede Shoes” – Adam Lambert
“Love Me” – Pistol Annies
Hits Medley (“That’s All Right,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Blue Suede Shoes”) – Mac Davis, Post Malone, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker & Blake Shelton
Gospel Medley (“How Great Thou Art,” “He Touched Me,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carrie Underwood & Yolanda Adams
“Little Sister” – Dierks Bentley
“It’s Now or Never” – Josh Groban
“If I Can Dream” – Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton.

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  1. Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello

    January 8, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    What Post Malone and the entire line up of artists partipating in this celebration shoud know about Elvis is what is rareky said about him regarding his generosity and great ability to leave a sustainable imprint on things that make the world a better place to live. Here are 5 examples, all accomplished seven years at least 4 years before he faced the 50 milion viewers that saw him on December 3, 1968. His first beneficiaries are all babies born a week after October 28, 1956, as well as existing teenagers and everyone not yet inoculated with the polio vaccine when he led a March of Dimes campaign by allowing the NY Health Department officials to apply, into him, the third version of Dr. Jonas Salk’s anti polio vaccine in front of the world’s press, which led to the exponential increase in the immunization level of all Americans from 0.6 to 80 %, by April of 1957. The first two versions, those of 1954 and 1955, had caused deaths, and that is why the percentage was so low. Then there is the emergency appeal (January 6, 1957) to help the 250,000 Hungarian refugees fleeing the invasion of their country by the then USSR, or his helping fill an entire open air stadium ( on the night of June 28, 1957 and with the weather Bureau predicting the biggest rainstorm in the history of Tennessee), with donors (not fans, as he did not sing, and that is how his attendance was advertised) coming from every nearby county in the states of TN, MS and AR to join in at the start of the financial rally which led to the eventual construction of St Jude’s. Or his March 26, 1961 Pearl Harbor concert which became the prime mover in the building of the USS Arizona Memorial, an idea initiated by the Western Pacific Commission but which had been stalled for lack of funding since at least a lustrum. After Elvis intervention, and its opening the year after, the Memorial has brought 65 million tourists from the 5 corners of the world. Finally, a year before he turned 30, he purchased Pres. Roosevelt’s Presidential Yatch, the USS Potomac, as a gift to the March of Dimes, which kindly declined it, with St Jude’s eventually accepting it, on February 14, 1964, the original aim being that they could auction it, which they did in November of that year for a considerable profit. That is the first five things that most Americans should know about Elvis Presley.

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