Were Paul and Ringo going to perform together or not at the Grammys? That was the question leading up to Sunday night’s live telecast of the 56th Grammy Awards on CBS. It was obvious they would perform based on various teaser TV ads and continuous hints of a special guest with Paul McCartney. That special guest could have been David Grohl, since he’s a drummer.
Leading up to the historic pairing of the two surviving Beatles at exactly 10 p.m., the Beatles were mentioned at various other times. Host LL Cool J’s opening monologue mentioned the Fab Four from Liverpool, while talking about other Grammy nominees’ hometowns.
Prior to the telecast, Grammys were given out for other categories not shown. McCartney scored four out of his five nominations. His fifth nomination in the category for Best Rock Song would be presented during the primetime broadcast. “Cut Me Some Slack” won featuring the former members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic) and Paul. While backstage Paul stated, "It was magic for me playing with these guys." Then he continued on, "Tell you the truth, I didn't know who they were. I found myself in the middle of a Nirvana reunion."
Steve Coogan, one of the stars, plus its co-producer and co-screenwriter, of the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena,” came out to speak briefly about the Beatles. He initially joked, "The Grammys had the choice of reuniting two of the Beatles or all of the Jonas Brothers." Thankfully it was the former and not the latter. Coogan further explained the band from Liverpool was finally honored, after 50 years, with a Lifetime Achievement Award held in a separate ceremony the night before. This was also announced later in the telecast with the other recipients.
Members of Black Sabbath introduced the next performer. It was Ozzy Osbourne who became speechless when he called the Beatles "the greatest band ever." The other bandmates from Black Sabbath finished the introduction of Ringo Starr's performance of “Photograph.” During Ringo’s set, black & white photographs were flashed continuously on a huge screen. These were personal photos from Ringo during his time with the Beatles. No Paul McCartney sighting was witnessed at this time. It didn’t matter, because it was great seeing Ringo away from his drum kit.
Finally it was the moment many Beatle fans were waiting for, Paul McCartney’s performance. Film actress Julia Roberts first announced the upcoming television special titled "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles." It will air on February 9, 2014 exactly 50 years from the date, time, and TV network it first premiered. She finally introduced Sir Paul McCartney and a little help from his friend, Ringo Starr. It was an extraordinary moment. Paul performed from his “New” album with the track “Queenie Eye.” The music video played in the background. It featured Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts co-star in the film “August: Osage County.”
Closing out the Beatles triumphant return at the Grammy Awards was the presentation of Album of the Year. Alicia Keys, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, were there to read the nominees and present the final award of the evening. Alicia mentioned George Harrison received this award in 1973 for “The Concert for Bangladesh,” and in 1981 John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Double Fantasy.”