Hollywood, California – February 11, 2008 – The Beatles’ LOVE won two Grammys® at the 50th Annual Grammy® Awards in the categories of Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Medium and Best Surround Sound Album. Ringo Starr joined LOVE‘s producers, Sir George Martin, The Beatles’ legendary producer, and his son, music producer Giles Martin, to accept the award for Best Compilation Soundtrack during the live February 10 Grammy telecast from Los Angeles.
“The idea for LOVE started with George Harrison talking to Cirque du Soleil,” said George Martin. “We all pay tribute to George, Ringo, Paul and John as the people who are behind this award.”
“The Beatles changed the musical landscape forever, combining great music with eternal human truths, which are as vibrant today as when they were recorded,” said Guy Hands, Chairman of EMI Group. “It is therefore fitting that Sir George Martin and Giles Martin have won these awards in such a milestone year for The Grammys. It’s poetic that the talents of the Beatles, and the work that father and son have done with LOVE continue to ensure this music speaks directly to all generations.”
George Martin and Giles Martin worked with the entire archive of Beatles master recordings at Abbey Road Studios to create the soundscape for LOVE. The result is an unprecedented approach to Beatles music for a stage production. Released by Apple Corps Ltd. and distributed by Capitol Records, The Beatles’ LOVE is available in both stereo and 5.1, and is the first Beatles album available in 5.1 surround sound.
LOVE‘s two Grammy Award wins raise The Beatles’ Grammy count to nine. The Beatles’ seven prior wins include Best New Artist of 1964 and Album of The Year and Best Contemporary Album for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, which also honored the album’s producer, George Martin. Including LOVE‘s awards, Martin has been awarded six Grammys for producing and arranging, including The Who’s Tommy for Best Musical Show Album in 1993 (producer) and the award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Paul McCartney & Wings’ Live And Let Die in 1973.
Cast members from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage in Las Vegas paid tribute to the Beatles at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards with a special performance. 25 dancers and acrobats performed live to A Day in the Life and in the Grammy finale with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), both from the LOVE album.
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