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Paul McCartney honoured at NME awards, 50 years after topping bill

Published on Feb 27, 2014 8:08 AM
 
Former Beatles Paul McCartney waves as he leaves the Pavillon Populaire venue in Montpellier, southern France, on Feb 20, 2014. McCartney received a standing ovation at the NME awards ceremony in London on Feb 26, where he accepted the influential British magazine's special prize honouring his 50-year-career. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Beatles legend Paul McCartney received a standing ovation at the NME awards ceremony in London on Wednesday, where he accepted the influential British magazine's special prize honouring his 50-year-career.

On receiving the magazine's "songwriters' songwriter" award at the annual show, the 71-year-old admitted to guests at the O2 Academy Brixton that he could not explain how he had written some of the most famous pop songs of all time.

"The great thing about songwriting is that you don't know how you do it, so you can't talk about it," he said as he picked up the award from Blur and Gorillaz star Damon Albarn.

The Beatles played at the magazine's annual show in 1963 and topped the bill in 1964 as Beatlemania swept the United Kingdom (UK).

 
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