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The Beatles win lifetime achievement award at the Grammys

The Beatles were awarded a special lifetime achievement award at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

The award was made at the 2014 Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison accepted the award on behalf of the group. Paul McCartney was unable to attend as he was rehearsing ahead of the main Grammys ceremony the following night.

The lifetime achievement award was presented by Recording Academy president Neil Portnow. The event was not filmed or recorded for broadcast.

On the red carpet earlier that day, Starr had joked that he preferred to think of it as a “longtime achievement award.”

It’s a lifetime achievement award but I happen to think we’ve got a lot more life left in us.

It’s a great afternoon; it’s all about music. The Beatles’ music is still out there and that’s what I’m most proud of.

Ringo Starr

Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison also spoke at the ceremony.

Here’s something you probably know: George was my favorite Beatle. But here’s something you might not know. Aside from their music — as people — they are the most supportive and generous friends in my life. The Beatles are extraordinary people, and I’m thankful to be part of this extraordinary family.
Olivia Harrison
Last updated: 27 January 2014
US release: The US Albums
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