The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, came together at the Grammy Awards on Sunday for a rare joint performance coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the British group's breakthrough on American television.
While the music industry celebrated some of the biggest stars of the past, it anointed newcomer rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with the Grammy for best new artist and gave them the opportunity to preside over a mass wedding to celebrate same-sex equality later in the show.
The 56th Grammy Awards, the music industry's top honors handed out by the Recording Academy across 82 categories, may be remembered more for its performances and unscripted moments than the awards that are bestowed.
With McCartney at the piano and Starr at his drums, the two played a new song "Queenie Eye," a catchy tune that hearkened back to the Beatles' trademark hits. It was only the fourth time they had performed together on stage since a 2002 concert to honor the late George Harrison. John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and son Sean Lennon were in the crowd dancing along on Sunday.
Here are some pictures:
Former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Star perform on stage during the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (AFP Photo)
Former Beatles member Ringo Star performs during the Grammys. (AFP Photo)
Paul McCartney performs "Queenie Eye" at the Grammys. (AP Photo)