Ringo Starr And The Beatles Widows Set For Pre-Grammy Event In LA
Ringo Starr, along with the respective widows of John Lennon and George Harrison -- Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison -- will attend the January 25th Recording Academy Special Awards Ceremony. The non-televised event will take place at L.A.'s Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and will salute the 2014 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, the Beatles, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell. The ceremony will also honor the Trustees Award, Technical Grammy Award, and the Inaugural Music Educator Award Honors.
The surviving Beatles -- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will each appear on CBS' 36th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26th. In addition to their own performances, on behalf of the "Fab Four," they'll accept the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Although there has been no formal announcement, the Beatles world is a-buzz with anticipation of McCartney and Ringo teaming up nearly 50 years after the group's first Ed Sullivan Show appearance.
George Harrison's widow Olivia Harrison told us that George and Ringo shared a truly deep and loving relationship: "If you were his friend, you were his friend, and he gave everything. Y'know, you weren't sort of a friend, or y'know, kind of a friend. If you were in his world, that was it, you had the 'A' key to everything. But of course Ringo was probably his best friend."
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held Sunday, January 26th at L.A.'s Staples Center and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS .
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