Ringo Starr says he's proud of how The Beatles music has stood the test of time. San Diego's "Union-Tribune" says the Fab Four drummer joined Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison in accepting the band's Lifetime Achievement Award at a Grammy Week event Saturday in Los Angeles.
In his speech, Ringo said despite the honor being "lifetime achievement" recognition, he felt that they've "all go a lot more life" in them. But he added that he was "most proud of" the fact that Beatles music is still "out there."
McCartney missed the ceremony. He was busy with rehearsals for the upcoming commemoration concert honoring the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' arrival in America.
The Isley Brothers and Kraftwerk are among this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients as well. The Isleys' Ernie Isley, Ronald Isley, and Chris Jasper took part in the ceremony. The event was particularly emotional for Ernie, who gave thanks to their parents and "the hand of divine providence" that gave the Isleys "such longevity."
Kraftwerk's Ralf Hutter represented his band at the event, and called the award "a great honor." Other recipients included Kris Kristofferson, Clifton Chenier, Maud Powell, and Armando Manzanero, who is the first Mexican artist to receive the honor.