The 56th annual Grammy Awards was as spectacular as an awards show gets, showcasing dynamic performances by the likes of Taylor Swift, strong duets led by the Mr. and Mrs.
Carter opener and the powerful show stopper that was Pharrell’s hat. Yet what many were talking about the next day was the onstage reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
In 2007, the pranksters enjoyed themselves during an interview with Larry King. Two years later, Starr joined McCartney at Radio City Music Hall for a benefit. McCartney then performed with his former band mate in 2010 for a 70th birthday concert for Starr.
Still, this is the first time the duo has made such a public outing, performing together in front of cameras for a broad audience. It’s not a coincidence that the Sunday night duet runs alongside the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
That was the band’s American debut, initiating the British invasion, and is ultimately considered the moment that changed music in specific and the world in general.
It’s also probably not a coincidence that this performance precedes the all star Grammy special in February which will honor the same anniversary. CBS Television has plans to both broadcast the celebration as well as sponsor a live multimedia event at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater.
With an introduction by no less than Oscar winner Julia Roberts, Starr and McCartney proceeded to do Sir Paul’s Queenie Eye, the second single from McCartney’s latest album, New. After the performance, as the star studded audience showed its appreciation with thunderous applause, the two rock and roll icons held hands, bowed and embraced.
Another interesting thing to note is that Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon were in the audience at the Staples Center. Also present were the widow of George Harrison, Olivia, as well as the wives of both McCartney and Starr. That meant all members of the legendary band were represented at the Grammys show. Both Ono and Lennon were seen dancing along with the performance.
McCartney and Starr also had their separate moments at the show. Sir Paul joined David Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic on stage to accept the award for Best Rock Song. Starr did a solo performance of his classic 70s hit Photograph.
Over their brief time together, the Beatles took home eight Grammy awards, including 1964’s Best New Artist and Album of the Year in 1967 for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. With over a billion in sales, the Beatles are the most successful band in music history.