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Paul McCartney "Surprised" He Now Has 17 Grammys

2/14/2013

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.Paul McCartney didn't attend the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, so he wasn't in the audience when his album Kisses on the Bottom was named Best Traditional Pop Album.  McCartney says the win surprised him, as did the fact that it was the 17th Grammy Award of his career.

Speaking to the U.K.'s BBC 6 Music, Sir Paul said, "It came as a big shock to me to know there were 17 to tell you the truth.  I don't keep count...people know my figures better than I do."  But despite the vast number of awards lining his mantelpiece, the rock legend says it's always nice to win music's highest honor.

"I don't think a lot of the best musicians in the world got Grammys," he pointed out.  "It only goes to select few, and so to be one of those for the 17th time is phenomenal." 

The former Beatles star said he found out about the win via a text message from his manager, because even though he was watching the telecast, his category wasn't announced on TV.  Calling the moment he heard he'd won "particularly exciting," McCartney told BBC 6 Music, "It was like 'Oh, yeah!!'  You can imagine the room went wild."  He said he's now convinced that the way to win is to not show up.

"The minute you go, and you're sitting in the audience, it'll be, 'And the winner is....John Mayer!'" laughed Macca.  "And then you do that face, and you smile and clap, and go, 'How good-humored am I?'"

In a departure from the traditional standards featured on Kisses on the Bottom, Sir Paul says he's currently working on an album of "modern songs," and his collaborators include Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Ethan Jhns and Giles Martin -- the son of longtime Beatles producer George Martin.

McCartney also discussed "Cut Me Some Slack," the song he recorded with Dave Grohl and the other surviving Nirvana members for Grohl's new documentary, Sound City.  Macca talked about how the track was made up on the spot and came "completely out of the blue."  He also revealed that the odd-shaped "cigar-box" guitar he played at the session -- which he also used during the performance of "Cut Me Some Slack" at the 12.12.12 benefit concert -- was given to him by Johnny Depp.

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