Paul McCartney wins Grammy for "Helter Skelter"

LOS ANGELES Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:55pm EST

Singer Paul McCartney (C) arrives to attend the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Singer Paul McCartney (C) arrives to attend the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 13, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Paul Hackett

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney won his first solo Grammy in 39 years on Sunday for a live recording of "Helter Skelter."

McCartney took home the solo rock vocal performance statuette for the 42-year-old Beatles tune, which he dusted off for his 2009 live album "Good Evening New York City."

It marked his 14th Grammy, of which 10 were Beatle-related, spanning 1965 to a reissue project in 1997.

As a solo artist, he last won a Grammy in 1972 for his arrangement of "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey." He followed that with a pair for Wings, his post-Beatles vehicle, in 1975 and 1980.

McCartney, 68, frequently lands Grammy nominations -- 11 since 2005 alone -- but has been bested by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Amy Winehouse and Justin Timberlake.

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards were handed out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Jill Serjeant)

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