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McCartney at the Grammys
13 February 2012
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A Hollywood star.

All-star performance at MusiCares (http://usat.ly/z0AlQa)

Performing "My Valentine" at the Oscars.

JBL commercial featuring Macca.

Closes out the Grammys with all the evening's guitarists.

 

Not a bad week-end.

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I rushed here to see if there was a topic on it! Paul was one of the highlights of the Grammy's for me! It was my first time hearing 'My Valentine' (Which I really enjoyed btw!) and once they said he was closing the show I knew what was coming. Once 'Golden Slumbers' started....man.....what a great way to end the show!

 

(Although I was secretly hoping he'd play 'Her Majestya-hard-days-night-paul-2)

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13 February 2012
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My Valentine was a little shaky, but I could just be hyper-aware of that since I've listened to it so much over the last few days. I always worry he's going to mess up and everyone will be like, "Oh, McCartney's really lost the plot. He should throw in the towel." But he could be performing like Pavarotti and people would still say that.

The medley, though...effin' eff that was good! Man, he looked and sounded great up there. That cute mentor relationship he has with Dave Grohl just melts my Macca heart. Speaking of Grohl, don't you guys think he plays similar to John? They have that same clangy sound (that I think came from John's guitar being so dirty...as in literally...and probably figuratively, too). It was just too awesome!!!

And then my night gets ruined (well, not really) when I read comments by people who say Paul is selfish and self-centered because he doesn't thank John enough for allowing him into "his" band. Will this Lennon v. McCartney bullshit ever end??? And this was said in response to Paul winning for Band on the Run! As if Paul should thank John for BOTR?? Ughhhhhh! And then people talk about what a real asshole Paul is in real life. Look, I know he isn't perfect, and I'm not naive enough to think he doesn't have a huge ego, but am I alone around here in thinking that he is generally a good person with a kind heart? Don't know why criticism like that bothers me so much.

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Just watched on youtube My Valentine and The Abbey Road Medley Part 2 and flipping heck. Its incredible to me that the same person can perform such a soft 30's/40's style song as well as totally rock the place. The medley was amazing especially The End, never realised that the song could be opened up for such a fabulous guitar showdown, goes to show how easy it is to get into such a stodgy mindset. Tho it made me think of how good it would have been to have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo play it all live.

 

Some folks now believe 100% and steadfastly refuse to alter their thinking that Paul was the fortunate one, meeting John and being invited into his band. They forget or simply dont know that he was asked to join because he was a better player than John and knew the words to songs. Its better to believe that John was megatalented and writing masterpieces from the off.
And its not as if Paul has forgotten any of the Beatles, it was only this week when on receiving his Star on the Walk of Fame that he paid tribute to John, George and Ringo. Maybe Paul has to go out wearing a 'I owe it all to The Beatles, Thank You John' t-shirt, but then they'd just moan that he was living off their and his name.

 

Anyroad, its certainly been some amazing week and year for Paul. He must be having a ball.

 

Going slightly off topic did Ringo manage to make the Grammy's as he was meant to be presenting an award and there were rumours of some Beatley thing happening with Paul, probably Ringo playing on Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (which didnt happen but it was just a rumour, just a rumour). I hope he is ok and recovers soon if he is still unwell.heartapple01

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Ah, and one other thing you might not pick up if you YouTube the Grammys:

During the "in memoriam" section of the Grammys, we were treated to "Penny Lane," as Dave Mason who played the piccolo trumpet on that song passed away recently.

The contrast between the medley at the end and "My Valentine" was indeed striking - but that's been a Macca trademark forever.

After all, "Yesterday" and "I'm Down" recorded in the same session!

I heard Ringo was sick; I'm inclined to believe it's true. I doubt he's got a secret agenda. Right?

I don't pay much attention to the McCartney-owes-it-all to John thing. It's simply the product of John having been killed.

Had it been the other way around, John would "owe it all to Paul"

Years from now the scale will be righted.

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I've added a piece on the event here: http://www.beatlesbible.com/20.....cal-album/

It hasn't aired over here in the UK yet. If I got anything wrong, please let me know.

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kedame said

My Valentine was a little shaky, but I could just be hyper-aware of that since I've listened to it so much over the last few days. I always worry he's going to mess up and everyone will be like, "Oh, McCartney's really lost the plot. He should throw in the towel." But he could be performing like Pavarotti and people would still say that.

The medley, though...effin' eff that was good! Man, he looked and sounded great up there. That cute mentor relationship he has with Dave Grohl just melts my Macca heart. Speaking of Grohl, don't you guys think he plays similar to John? They have that same clangy sound (that I think came from John's guitar being so dirty...as in literally...and probably figuratively, too). It was just too awesome!!!

And then my night gets ruined (well, not really) when I read comments by people who say Paul is selfish and self-centered because he doesn't thank John enough for allowing him into "his" band. Will this Lennon v. McCartney bullshit ever end??? And this was said in response to Paul winning for Band on the Run! As if Paul should thank John for BOTR?? Ughhhhhh! And then people talk about what a real asshole Paul is in real life. Look, I know he isn't perfect, and I'm not naive enough to think he doesn't have a huge ego, but am I alone around here in thinking that he is generally a good person with a kind heart? Don't know why criticism like that bothers me so much.

I think the reason why is that he is so focused on making himself so much more accessible these last few years and the mysticism  that was a major part of the Beatles is gone. He seems to be everywhere these days. It used to be if you saw him perform, it was a real treat. I saw him in 1976 and next tour wasn't until 1989. This is my opinion of course but I liked it more when he wasn't so visible in the public eye. This is another reason I like Harrison a lot. He kept his privacy and mysticism in tact his entire career. George was one of the most humble musicians I have ever seen. 

Here is a link by the way to a VH1 special on youtube I saw over the weekend which was George's last live performance. Not sure if anyone has seen this. Here is the link: 

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Only managed to watch clips on Youtube as it hasn't aired here yet as far as I know, but I think the Golden Slumbers medley was incredible! Especially The End, a stage full of musical legends just having a jam, it was awesome!

Macca's had a great week!

meanmistermustard said 

Going slightly off topic did Ringo manage to make the Grammy's as he was meant to be presenting an award and there were rumours of some Beatley thing happening with Paul, probably Ringo playing on Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (which didnt happen but it was just a rumour, just a rumour). I hope he is ok and recovers soon if he is still unwell.heartapple01

According to this, he has pneumonia. a-hard-days-night-paul-7 He was also supposed to be at Paul's Walk Of Fame ceremony on Thursday. Get well soon, Ringo! apple01

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Thanks Kelicopter, had just read that very same Beatles Examiner article before coming here.  Nice to have you back home.

 

And a big howdie to Inner Light, great to see you here as well.

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The only Beatle song to win Best Song or Best Record was, interestingly enough ......................"Michelle"

 

"A Hard Day's Night," "Hey Jude," and "Let It Be" got nominations

 

And yet when I see a list of McCartney's Grammy awards, I don't recall seeing "Michelle" - or did I miss it?

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I wouldn't worry about all that...the Grammys have always been a load of nonsense with zero credibility as far as rock music is concerned. I mean, SPLHCB didn't even win "Best Engineered Pop Record"! Sales have always been the number one factor determining winners, just look at the history.

Ever seen that old Beatles-parodying"Simpsons" episode in which George appeared, back when it was the best show on teevee? Homer wins a Grammy award ("Best Barbershop Recording!") which he throws off a balcony, and somebody yells "Hey, don't throw your garbage down here!" That about says it all.

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I wouldn't worry about all that...the Grammys have always been a load of nonsense with zero credibility as far as rock music is concerned. I mean, SPLHCB didn't even win "Best Engineered Pop Record"! Sales have always been the number one factor determining winners, just look at the history.

I know nothing about the Grammys so is 'Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical' different to "'Best Engineered Pop Record' cause Pepper won in 1968, George Emerick as producer.

 

Taken from Wiki.

 

Awards

Grammy Awards

Nominated for seven Grammys in 1968, it would win four, including Album of the Year, the first rock album to receive this honour.

Year Winner Award
1968 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album of the Year
1968 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts
1968 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
1968 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Contemporary Album
Grammy Award nominations

Year

Nominee

Award

1968

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Group Vocal Performance

1968

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Contemporary Vocal Group

1968

"A Day In The Life"

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

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...OK, this is really weird, 'cause I could've SWORN that I read on allmusic.com some time ago that Elvis Presley's "How Great Thou Art" won for Best Engineering of 1967! But I looked up their entry for that record again and it says no such thing...But a little more research elsewhere reveals that that very Elvis album was indeed nominated in that category, and that's not the sort of fact I would ever dream up by myself; so I'm just gonna assume that allmusic entry used to be wrong and has since been corrected, 'cause that's less embarrassing than admitting that I must have misread "nominated" as "won" in addition to misremembering the very website where I misread it! Which is the more likely explanation.

Damn this already-faulty memory of mine, already failing and only 44 years, four months old! (in other words, four months older than the Grammy award(s) that SPLHCB did indeed win)

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well, the way the grammy's work, Pepper, which was released in 1967, would be eligible for the '68 awards. Don't ask me why they do it that way.

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Presume there is a cut off point towards the end of the year so they can include the majority of albums of that year which then rolls over to the next year for the awards ceremony, resulting in winning the award the following year. (Does that make sense?)

 

According to the greatest reference site ever, Wiki, "The eligibility period for the 2012 Grammy Awards is September 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011". So if an album is released on 3rd September 2010 it wins a 2012 Grammy. If its always September to September, Pepper would have been fallen inside the September '66 -> September '67 Grammy time period and won in 1968, having missed the 1967 Grammy time contraint of September '66. 

Is that right, ive confused myself and getting a headache.a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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Apparently "who is Paul McCartney" was trending on Twitter on Monday evening.

Also, thanks to Inner Light for posting that video- I watched all four parts. George's philosophical talking was really good to hear, as were his performances at the end.

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a-hard-days-night-paul-6 You can see some of the original tweets here. These people are letting my generation down! Although after a while, the only tweets mentioning it were just people complaining about the fact that it was trending... Kind of counterproductive.

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Well, sorry dear fellow teen BBF but that's so typical of teens. Instead of searching by themselves, they ask for it.

 

I have seen people on twitter asking schedules of movies in a cinema, the phone number of a restaurant, even a webpage. Some young people (and old) are sometimes too lazy to search.

 

And honestly, why should they know who Paul McCartney is? I mean, if they are not music experts... why should they? If their parents were not Beatle fans. It's like I don't know who the hell is Lil Kim or whatever his or her name. I'm not a hip hop fan.

 

What I'm trying to say is that I know tons of kids who have never heard of the Beatles. But once they listen to them, they're like "Ahh yeah I have heard their songs" or "I think an uncle likes them". If they listen to what I think it's crap, well, obviously they don't know the Beatles.

 

And honestly, I'd be worried if they didn't know who George Washington is... or something like that.

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mithveaen said

And honestly, why should they know who Paul McCartney is? I mean, if they are not music experts... why should they? If their parents were not Beatle fans. It's like I don't know who the hell is Lil Kim or whatever his or her name. I'm not a hip hop fan.

 

What I'm trying to say is that I know tons of kids who have never heard of the Beatles. But once they listen to them, they're like "Ahh yeah I have heard their songs" or "I think an uncle likes them". If they listen to what I think it's crap, well, obviously they don't know the Beatles.

 

And honestly, I'd be worried if they didn't know who George Washington is... or something like that.

I have no idea who Lil Kim is. Or at least I didn't, until I googled her.

Paul McCartney is nearly 50% more famous than George Washington going by the number of hits their names throw up on Google. He's just a massive figure who is referenced and mentioned so often that having never heard of him is very very odd.

I have a very good friend who I discovered had never heard of the Rolling Stones. Or The Who, or The Kinks, or Jimi Hendrix, or Eric Clapton, or Queen, or David Bowie, or Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Genesis, U2, The Pixies, Nirvana, Oasis, Blur, Radiohead, Muse, The Arcade Fire... he then turned around and asked me if I'd heard of Kanye West, or Jay-Z, or Eminem, Drake, J Cole, or Tupac. And yeah, I'd heard of them all, and I'd heard of famous rappers he hadn't like Grandmaster Flash and Kendrick Lamar. It just really surprised me that he'd never heard of any rock band other than the Beatles. He lives in Reading ffs!

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I agree with you. My point is why you should mock at teens for not knowing who Paul is? Most of the young people live in Facebook, and they are not aware of the news.There are people so into their worlds that they don't pay attention to other stuff. I'm just stating a fact a-hard-days-night-george-4

 

BTW Paul is in the cover of RS magazine.

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