Nearly 50 years to the day after they first arrived in America and the 56th Grammy awards show in Los Angeles was a successful night for the two remaining members of the Fab Four.
Paul McCartney won awards in all the categories he was nominated for, winning an award for his Wings Over America rerelease and two awards for Live Kisses, a live album recorded at Capiton Studios in Hollywood.
Macca also ended up sharing an award with with remaining Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear for their collaboration on the heavy rock jam Cut Me Some Slack. You can see their acceptance speech at the end of this post. The track featured on the album Sound City: Real to Reel which also won an award for Best Compilation Album For Visual Media.
The awards McCartney won were:
Best Rock Song – Cut Me Some Slack
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package – Wings Over America
Best Surround Sound Album – Live Kisses
Best Music Film – Live Kisses
There were also performances from the two Beatles, with Ringo singing solo song Photograph and later taking to the drums to join Paul on his latest single Queenie Eye (review here). While it would have been easy for them to fall back on the wealth of Beatles songs, the fact they chose to perform post-Beatles songs shows that not only have they achieved a lot since the bands’ break up, but that they still remain very much current and important artists in the music scene.
The pair are also set to receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, marking the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ first performance in America.
McCartney and Starr’s performances were not the only ones of the night: 33 couples got married live on stage as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were joined by special guests Madonna and Mary Lambert to perform their equality anthem Same Love. Singer Queen Latifah performed the ceremony live as the couples exchanged rings in the aisles of the Staples Centre.
You can visit the Grammy website here.