Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Paul McCartney to Play Grammy Awards with Rihanna, Kanye West

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Talk about a band on the run. Paul McCartney will appear on the Grammy Awards this Sunday with Rihanna and Kanye West. They’ll play their  single, “Fourfive Seconds,” which is really Rihanna’s single– she’s the main singer. McCartney plays guitar and presumably wrote the song since it’s the rare single these days with a complete melody and structure.

A few weeks ago, another single called “Only One” was released with Kanye “singing” via Auto Tune  but also featuring a melody and composition that wasn’t sampled from something else. A Twitter joke started immediately thereafter asking who was this Paul McCartney?

But McCartney, who’s 72 and the greatest songwriter of the modern era, has always reached to new and younger musicians in order stay current. He’s had excellent collaborations with Elvis Costello and Dave Grohl. He’s also released experimental albums as the Fireman.

 

The Grammy Awards will be full of off combinations of eclectic acts, and this is the first time I can remember when they’ve promoted it so strenuously. Pierre Cossette, the late great producer of the Grammys for over 30 years invented this idea of unusual pairings. His successor, Ken Ehrlich, picked up the baton and has carried on the tradition.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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