Surviving Beatles reunite at Grammy music awards

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after their Grammys performance. Picture: Getty
Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after their Grammys performance. Picture: Getty
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SIR Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr teamed up for a special performance at the Grammys in Los Angeles, where Daft Punk, Adele and Lorde were among the main winners.

The Beatles superstars performed Sir Paul’s song Queenie Eye to a rapturous crowd including Yoko Ono at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Sir Paul also proved members of the Fab Four can still trump the Rolling Stones when his collaboration with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, entitled Cut Me Some Slack, beat Doom And Gloom by the veteran British band.

The former Beatle also won the Grammy for best long-form music video for Live Kisses.

Seated at a multi-coloured piano with Starr on the drums, Sir Paul was watched by his wife Nancy Shevell, who sang along in the audience.

Afterwards Sir Paul and Starr held hands as they bowed and embraced as they received a standing ovation.

Earlier in the night the drummer performed his solo offering Photograph and actress Julia Roberts announced the band will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award next month.

Adele, Black Sabbath win awards

It was a triumphant night for British artists at the ceremony. Previous Grammy winner Adele won best song written for visual media for Skyfall, which has already scored an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

Ozzy Osbourne’s band Black Sabbath won best hard rock/metal performance for God Is Dead, and the Rolling Stones tied for the historical album with Charlie Is My Darling, from a documentary almost 50 years ago.

Daft Punk were the big prize winners taking home album of the year for Random Access Memories, while Get Lucky, their collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, scored the record of the year and best pop duo/group performance awards.

Mass wedding

American rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also won big, taking home gongs for best new artist, best rap performance and best rap song for Thrift Shop and best rap album for The Heist.

33 couples got married live on stage as the duo performed their marriage equality anthem Same Love with guest appearances from Madonna and Mary Lambert.

The couples exchanged rings in the aisles of the Staples Centre as singer Queen Latifah performed the ceremony.

Standing next to Madonna, who was dressed all in white with a white cowboy hat, the Chicago star said: “By the power vested in me by the state of California, I now pronounce you married.”

Speaking to the press after the awards ceremony, Queen Latifah said: “To be able to do something special for people, to change someone’s life is what I was able to do tonight. I took it very seriously, I didn’t enter into it lightly. It’s not about TV or ratings, this was something real for me.”

Other winners

The awards ceremony, which was hosted by LL Cool J, opened with a performance of Drunk In Love by Beyonce and Jay Z.

Jay Z, real name Shawn Carter, took home two awards for his collaborations with Justin Timberlake. He won best music video for Suit & Tie and best rap/sung collaboration for Holy Grail.

Timberlake also won best R&B song for Pusher Love Girl.

Royals by 17-year-old New Zealander Lorde won song of the year and best pop solo performance while Bruno Mars won best pop vocal album.


1. Album of the Year: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk

2. Record of the Year: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

3. Song of the Year: “Royals,” Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

4. Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

5. Best Pop Solo Performance: “Royals,” Lorde

6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

7. Best Pop Instrumental Album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert

8. Best Pop Vocal Album: “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars

9. Best Dance Recording: “Clarity,” Zedd Featuring Foxes

10. Best Dance/Electronica Album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk

11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble

12. Best Rock Performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons

13. Best Metal Performance: “God Is Dead?” Black Sabbath

14. Best Rock Song: “Cut Me Some Slack,” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)

15. Best Rock Album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin

16. Best Alternative Music Album: “Modern Vampires Of The City,” Vampire Weekend

17. Best R&B Performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

18. Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.

19. Best R&B Song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)

20. Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna

21. Best R&B Album: “Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys

22. Best Rap Performance: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Holy Grail,” Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake

24. Best Rap Song: “Thrift Shop,” Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

25. Best Rap Album: “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

26. Best Country Solo Performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker

27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars

28. Best Country Song: “Merry Go ‘Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

29. Best Country Album: “Same Trailer Different Park,” Kacey Musgraves

30. Best New Age Album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Orbits,” Wayne Shorter, soloist

32. Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter

33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington

34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble: “Night In Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic

35. Best Latin Jazz Album: “Song For Maura,” Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente

36. Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs

37. Best Gospel Song: “If He Did It Before... Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)

38. Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: “Overcomer,” David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)

39. Best Gospel Album: “Greater Than [Live],” Tye Tribbett

40. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Overcomer,” Mandisa

41. Best Latin Pop Album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa

42. Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Treinta Días,” La Santa Cecilia

43. Best Regional Mexican Music Album: “A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

44. Best Tropical Latin Album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra

45. Best American Roots Song: “Love Has Come For You,” Edie Brickell & Steve Martin, songwriters (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)

46. Best Americana Album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

47. Best Bluegrass Album: “The Streets Of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band

48. Best Blues Album: “Get Up!” Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite

49. Best Folk Album: “My Favorite Picture Of You,” Guy Clark

50. Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

51. Best Reggae Album: “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” Ziggy Marley

52. Best World Music Album: (TIE) “Savor Flamenco,” Gipsy Kings / “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo

53. Best Children’s Album: “Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi

54. Best Spoken-Word Album: “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert

55. Best Comedy Album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin

56. Best Musical Theater Album: “Kinky Boots”

57. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: “Sound City: Real To Reel,” Butch Vig, compilation producer

58. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer

59. Best Song Written For Visual Media: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

60. Best Instrumental Composition: “Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)

61. Best Instrumental Arrangement: “On Green Dolphin Street,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)

62. Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): “Swing Low,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)

63. Best Recording Package: “Long Night Moon,” Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)

64. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: “Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition),” Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)

65. Best Album Notes: “Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)

66. Best Historical Album: (TIE) “Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965,” “The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums”

67. Best Engineered Album: “Random Access Memories,” Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (Daft Punk)

68. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell

69. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)

70. Best Surround Sound Album: “Live Kisses,” Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)

71. Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Winter Morning Walks,” David Frost, Brian Losch & Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

72. Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

73. Best Orchestral Performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4,” Osmo Vänskä, conductor (MinnesotaOrchestra)

74. Best Opera Recording: “Adès: The Tempest,” Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna & Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

75. Best Choral Performance: “Pärt: Adam’s Lament,” Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)

76. Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Roomful Of Teeth,” Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth

77. Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Corigliano: Conjurer - Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra,” Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

78. Best Classical Vocal Solo: “Winter Morning Walks,” Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

79. Best Classical Compendium: “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

80. Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks,” Maria Schneider, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson & Australian Chamber Orchestra)

81. Best Music Video: “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z

82. Best Music Film: “Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney