Beatles fans will be happy people after rumors that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were going to reunite to perform at the Grammys this year, have now been confirmed as fact.
It will be a great semi-Beatles reunion as the two stars will be on stage together at the 2014 Grammys at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26.
As well as appearing together, the Beatles, who back in 1965 won the award as Best New Artist, will be announced the winners of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala event this year. Quite an achievement indeed.
Paul McCartney was also nominated for the Best Music Film award for the concert film Live Kisses, as well as the award for Best Rock Song for Cut me Some Slack made in collaboration with band members from Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Noveselic, included below:
The last time Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr worked together was at Starr’s 70th birthday event in 2010 which was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. McCartney serenaded Starr with the Beatles’ Birthday hit. They do however, get together on occasion and are not only reuniting for the Grammys.
Starr told the media back in 2011 that he and McCartney still remain good friends and if they are “in the same country” they will often get together, but just don’t like to “live in each other’s pockets.”
While the Grammys is obviously a planned event, 71 year old McCartney is well known for pulling surprise appearances, including a four-song, mini-concert in Times Square last October to promote his new album, appropriately called New. Following the performance Paul McCartney told everyone that they were a lovely audience, and suggested they do it the same time tomorrow, adding that he was just kidding.
This mini event came the day after McCartney did a full, 13-song set at Frank Sinatra High School in Astoria, Queens where he entertained the students. New is the first album released by McCartney with original songs in six years.
The show was fifteen minutes long, and McCartney joked that Andy Warhol had predicted that McCartney would get his 15 minutes of fame, and that “this was it.”
Getting back to the Grammys, the event looks to be a star-studded one indeed as there will be performances by John Legend, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Taylor Swift. The event is set to be hosted on January 26 by LL Cool J, and will see Carole King and Sara Bareilles doing a special duet to Music’s Biggest Night.
The star studded event will be the 56th Annual Grammy awards and will be produced by AEG Ehlich Ventures on behalf of The Recording Academy. The executive producer will be Ken Ehrlich and the show will be directed by Louis J. Horvitz.
For Beatles fans of course, it will be a real night to remember as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr get to reunite for the Grammys. Let us hope that some of the current, younger musicians can keep their fame going as long as these two great guys have.
By Anne Sewell