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McCartney and Starr to be honoured at Grammys

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing. Kevin Mazur / MPL / WireImage for David Lynch Foundation / Getty Images
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing. Kevin Mazur / MPL / WireImage for David Lynch Foundation / Getty Images

The former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform at the Grammys later this month, as the legendary group are given a lifetime achievement award, organisers said on Tuesday.

It was not immediately known what the duo will play at the ceremony, music’s biggest honours, on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. But their performance will provide a colourful warm-up for the special Beatles tribute show organised by the Recording Academy on the night after the Grammys.

The event – to be televised on February 9, exactly 50 years after the group’s famed Ed Sullivan show appearance – will feature a parade of top talent performing the Fab Four’s hits.

At the Grammys, McCartney is up for two awards as a solo artist: Best Rock Song for Cut Me Some Slack and for Best Music Film for Live Kisses. While McCartney has sung before on the Grammys stage, it will be a first for Starr, according to the Academy.

Among the nominated artists scheduled to perform are the rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, country music’s Keith Urban, the pop star Taylor Swift and the French electropop duo Daft Punk.

* AFP