REVIEW: Grammys Fete Beatles + VIDEO.

In case you folks didn’t know, or didn’t care, there was an awards show last night.  And yes, they did pay tribute to The Fabs.  It was a strange kind of tribute, more theatrical than rockin’ but interesting.  We had two visual Beatle projects going head to head, and paying back to back tributes, Love and Across the Universe. 

I think I preferred the Across the Universe rendition of Let it Be, to the acrobatics of Love.  Maybe my opinion will change once I see the Vegas show. 

2008 Grammy Beatles Tribute

Vince Gill taking a quick jab at Kanye West with a Beatle joke.  Awesome!

The Beatles LOVE soundtrack took home two grammy awards last night as well.

  • 2007, Best Surround Sound Album: The Beatles, Love — Paul Hicks, surround mix engineer; Tim Young, surround mastering engineer; George Martin & Giles Martin, surround producers (The Beatles) [Apple/Capitol Records]
  • 2007, Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Love (The Beatles) George Martin & Giles Martin, producers, Apple Records/Capitol Records. (Also nominated but not winning: Across the Universe.)

Paul McCartney had three Grammy nominations for his latest release, Memory Almost Full, but was shutout from winning.

 Here’s what we’ve read.

The Grammys just can’t let the Beatles let it be. The Fab Four were honored yet again at the 50th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, just two years after the pioneering rock band was last feted at the record industry’s biggest awards ceremony.

“Today we celebrate the power of the Beatles,” said actor Tom Hanks in introducing the Las Vegas cast of the Cirque du Soleil show “Love” and stars from the movie musical “Across the Universe,” singing the Beatles’ classic hit “Let It Be.”

Paul McCartney, who has not won a Grammy since 1980, was nominated three times this year but lost out in all those categories during the non-televised ceremony that preceded the main event.

Beatles-related tunes also figured in other categories. Punk band Green Day’s cover of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” and U2’s cover of Lennon’s “Instant Karma,” both recorded for the charity record “Instant Karma — The Campaign to Save Darfur,” were nominated for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals. They lost out to the White Stripes.

Beatles producer Sir George Martin had more luck. He and his son Giles won the surround-sound Grammy for “Love,” an album of remixed Beatles tunes that form the musical basis for the Cirque du Soleil show.

The Martins also won for best compilation soundtrack album, and were accompanied by ex-Beatle Ringo Starr as they strode onstage to accept their trophy.

“Hi. My name is Ringo,” the Beatles drummer announced, drawing laughs from the audience.

A long time ago we made these records with John, Paul and George (Harrison), and now George Martin is involved again,” he said.McCartney performed on the Grammys two years ago with Jay-Z and Linkin Park during the 48th annual edition of the show.

Source: US Daily

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