|John Wayne presents a Grammy to Paul McCartney, with Linda standing behind.|
John Wayne and Andy Williams presented the Beatles with their Grammy for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special for "Let It Be" at the 13th Annual Grammy awards ceremony held on 16 March 1971
It was an odd event, as Paul and Linda McCartney suddenly appeared just before the award is presented and stand in the back waiting for the Beatles' name to be called.
Making the scene somewhat surreal is the fact that the entire audience is attired in formal wear, while the McCartneys are dressed in street clothes and sneakers. It is an amazing contrast as the couple goes down the aisle between rows of men in tuxedoes while they are quite comfortable and look like they just threw on whatever they had on hand.
Unlike today, this was considered very bad form, and Paul later said, "I didn't know whether they'd let me in.
|Andy Williams jokes with John Wayne during the ceremony.|
Paul (with expectant wife Linda in tow) gives a brief "Thank you, good night" and then departed quickly.
This entire scene was fascinating for too many reasons to list here. John Wayne makes a tasteless joke about his Japanese gardener "surrending" when Wayne plays a patriotic song and overall acts as if he has had a few drinks.
Why is Paul hiding out in the back? Why is he wearing sneakers and a sweater? Aside from Paul and Linda, the ceremony looked like a meeting of The Establishment. Perhaps McCartney wished to draw a pointed contrast with how young and counter-culture he was. Linda looks different than in her Wings days, and Paul sure doesn't have much to say. Lots of questions from this event, with no answers. Remember, this was a full year after the Beatles had broken up. Anyway, it's definitely worth watching if you can dig up a copy.