Finally recognizing that those boys from Liverpool may have been onto something, the 56th Annual Grammys will be honoring the Beatles with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Other musicians to be honored include Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, and the Isley Brothers. Here’s a quick primer to all the honorees:
In the words of pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman, “The Beatles are generally seen as the single most important rock band of all time, because they wrote all the best songs.” Got it? Good.
Known as “the king of the Zydeco,” Clifton Chenier received a prominent shout-out from Paul Simon on 1986’s Graceland in the song “That Was Your Mother.” (Chenier was supposed to play on the album, but was too ill to attend the sessions.)
The Isley Brothers
Come on. It’s the Isley Brothers. “Shout?” “Between the Sheets?” Educate yourself.
They are enormously influential pioneers of electronic music who sang about being robots – and may have actually been robots (judging from videos like the one above).
Kris Kristofferson is the kind of all-American man’s man who only comes along once a century or so. Featured in Sports Illustrated for his athletic achievements while in college, he was also a Rhodes scholar, a Blue level boxer while at Oxford, a captain in the U.S. Army and a helicopter pilot. Not to mention a Golden Globe-winning actor. Oh, and he wrote “Me and Bobby McGee,” among many other classic hits. Feel bad about your life yet?
Considered one of the most important Latin American composers, Manzanero’s song “Somos Novios” became an English-language hit for Perry Como. He has composed over 400 songs.
Maud Powell was a groundbreaking violinist. She was the first American violinist to achieve international rank as a performer at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, not an easy feat at the time considering women didn’t have the right to vote yet. As the daughter of a suffragette, Powell was vocal about her goal of proving a woman could play the violin just as well as a man. She was both a soloist and leader of a professional string quartet, which inspired female musicians across the country to form clubs and join orchestras.
They’ve earned a Lifetime Achievement Award, now look back on the The Beatles 50 years of fandom. From their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show to today, PEOPLE magazine’s new commemorative book Celebrating Beatlemania! has it all. Full of photos and fun facts, Celebrating Beatlemania! is an entertaining look at the band that stared a global frenzy. Available on newstands Jan. 31, 2014.
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