The Beatles and Sir Paul McCartney each won Grammy Awards at the 2011 ceremony, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Beatles’ stereo box set won the Best Historical Album award, while Paul McCartney’s version of ‘Helter Skelter’ on his live album Good Evening New York City won in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category. It was McCartney’s first solo Grammy since 1979.
Also nominated, but unsuccessful, was Klaus Voormann, for the limited edition version of his album A Sideman’s Journey, in the Best Boxes Or Special Limited Edition Package category. The album features contributions from McCartney and Ringo Starr, plus cover versions of three songs by George Harrison.
Neither McCartney or Starr attended the ceremony. McCartney was at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden for the 2011 Bafta Awards, where he presented the Original Music award, the first of the night.
Some of the best music ever written comes from the movies. ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Help!’, Live And Let Die – I could go on. ‘Yellow Submarine’…
No, but it is a big deal when someone uses your work in a movie. In fact if I find out that one of my songs is being used in a film I personally ring up the director to let him know how much I’m suing him for.
That’s actually not true. Tonight, there are five amazing nominees for original music. Let’s take a look.
McCartney then presented the award to the winner, Alexandre Desplat, for his score for the film The King’s Speech.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Riverdome, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, Bossier City, Louisiana
- 1972: Wings live: Newcastle University
- 1969: Launch party for Mary Hopkin’s album Postcard
- 1967: Recording, mixing: A Day In The Life, Only A Northern Song
- 1967: US single release: Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever
- 1966: The Beatles receive ten Grammy Awards nominations
- 1964: Travel: New York to Miami
- 1963: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Hull
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1962: George Martin meets Brian Epstein
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