By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Neil Patrick Harris has established himself as an ideal awards-show host.
He won rave reviews the four times he hosted the Tony Awards, and he’s returning for his second time as host of the Emmy ceremony on Sunday, which are on at 8 p.m. on CBS.
He’s also an Emmy winner this year as a producer of the Tonys.
Carrie Underwood will perform at the awards ceremony as part of a tribute to television’s role in significant 1960s events.
The TV academy says Don Cheadle will host the segment about TV’s coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
That will be followed by a salute to the Beatles’ performance on Ed Sullivan’s variety show in February 1964, concluding with Underwood’s performance of ’60s era music.
Five special memorial tributes will include one to “Glee” star Cory Monteith, organizers said.
Monteith died in July at age 31 of a heroin and alcohol overdose. He will be remembered by the show’s Jane Lynch.
In addition, Edie Falco will honor James Gandolfini, her co-star on “The Sopranos.” Gandolfini died of a heart attack in June at age 51.
Other tributes during the Sunday event will see Rob Reiner honoring “All in the Family Star” Jean Stapleton; Robin Williams remembering his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters; and Michael J. Fox honoring “Family Ties” producer Gary David Goldberg.
The ceremony will also include a tribute to Liberace by Elton John.
The 66-year-old musician will make his Emmy debut with a tribute to Liberace, whose life story is told in HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra.”
The movie earned 15 Emmy nominations, including lead-actor bids for Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, who play Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson. Douglas and Damon will also be presenters.