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Beatles win Grammy Awards; Paul gets shut out


Update (2/14/08)
  • The press release issued by the Beatles earlier this week on the Grammy win. Our Beatles Grammy page shows more than nine Grammys, even up through 1970 when they broke up. We're told the press release info came from Grammy.com. You'd think they'd know. :

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Beatles' LOVE won two Grammys(R) at the 50th Annual Grammy(R) Awards in the categories of Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Medium and Best Surround Sound Album. Ringo Starr joined LOVE's producers, Sir George Martin, The Beatles' legendary producer, and his son, music producer Giles Martin, to accept the award for Best Compilation Soundtrack during the live February 10 Grammy telecast from Los Angeles.

    "The idea for LOVE started with George Harrison talking to Cirque du Soleil," said George Martin. "We all pay tribute to George, Ringo, Paul and John as the people who are behind this award."

    "The Beatles changed the musical landscape forever, combining great music with eternal human truths, which are as vibrant today as when they were recorded," said Guy Hands, Chairman of EMI Group. "It is therefore fitting that Sir George Martin and Giles Martin have won these awards in such a milestone year for The Grammys. It's poetic that the talents of The Beatles, and the work that father and son have done with LOVE continue to ensure this music speaks directly to all generations."

    George Martin and Giles Martin worked with the entire archive of Beatles master recordings at Abbey Road Studios to create the soundscape for LOVE. The result is an unprecedented approach to Beatles music for a stage production. Released by Apple Corps Ltd. and distributed by Capitol Records, The Beatles' LOVE is available in both stereo and 5.1, and is the first Beatles album available in 5.1 surround sound.

    LOVE's two Grammy Award wins raise The Beatles' Grammy count to nine. The Beatles' seven prior wins include Best New Artist of 1964 and Album of The Year and Best Contemporary Album for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, which also honored the album's producer, George Martin. Including LOVE's awards, Martin has been awarded six Grammys for producing and arranging, including The Who's Tommy for Best Musical Show Album in 1993 (producer) and the award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Paul McCartney & Wings' Live And Let Die in 1973.

    Cast members from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage in Las Vegas paid tribute to the Beatles at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards with a special performance. 25 dancers and acrobats performed live to "A Day in the Life" and in the Grammy finale with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)," both from the LOVE album.

    SOURCE Capitol/EMI


  • This story gets dredged up every year, but for those who missed it, some of the unlikely winners in the Grammys over the years, from Pantagraph.com. "Yesterday" lost out to ... "The Shadow of Your Smile"? (For more oddities, check out our Beatles Grammy page.)

    Update (2/13/08)

  • Sunday's Grammys had the lowest Nielsen TV ratings among adults 18-49 since 1992, reports Billboard.com.
  • We posted this one after our regular update, but it's too good to miss if you didn't see it. Britney Spears, of all people, has weighed in with a few comments on Sunday's Grammys, according to the Chicago Tribune, calling Amy Winehouse "stoned" (look in the mirror, Britney) .. and about Ringo, she said, "Too bad the least talented Beatle was the one who showed up. ... They should have got Paul [McCartney]." But she said she'd "kill for" the hat John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono was wearing.

    Update (2/12/08 10:20 A.M. ET)

  • Britney Spears, of all people, has weighed in with a few comments on Sunday's Grammys, according to the Chicago Tribune, calling Amy Winehouse "stoned" (look in the mirror, Britney) .. and about Ringo, she said, "Too bad the least talented Beatle was the one who showed up. ... They should have got Paul [McCartney]." But she said she'd "kill for" the hat John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono was wearing.

    Update (2/12/08)

  • UPI's report on Ringo's Grammy acceptance speech Sunday night.

    (2/11/2008) The Beatles added two more Grammys to their collection Sunday night, winning Best Surround Sound Album and Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for "Love." It was their first group Grammy Awards since 1996 when they won two awards for song and the video "Free As a Bird" and one for "The Beatles Anthology."

  • 2007, Best Surround Sound Album: The Beatles, Love -- Paul Hicks, surround mix engineer; Tim Young, surround mastering engineer; George Martin & Giles Martin, surround producers (The Beatles) [Apple/Capitol Records]

  • 2007, Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Love (The Beatles) George Martin & Giles Martin, producers, Apple Records/Capitol Records. (Also nominated but not winning: Across the Universe.)

  • Paul McCartney had three Grammy Award nominations from his "Memory Almost Full" album and won none. In Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, "Only Mama Knows" lost out to Bruce Springsteen's "Radio Nowhere." In Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around...Comes Around" beat out Paul's "Dance Tonight." But probably the one that stung the most was the nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, where "Memory Almost Full" lost out to Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" album. A win there would have been a big prestige win for MAF.

    "Icky Thump" by the White Stripes beat out both U2's "Instant Karma" and Green Day's "Working Class Hero" in the Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.

    In the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, "Love" was up against several musicals, including the Beatle-influenced "Across the Universe," plus "Hairspray" and "Dreamgirls."

    Among those in the audience were Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, dressed quite stylishly.

  • Reviews of the Beatles Grammy tribute from the Orange County Register and the Associated Press.
  • "I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye?" -- Vince Gill on accepting a Grammy.


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