Yoko Pans Paul at Q Awards

  • 13-10-2005

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So much for giving peace a chance. In the latest chapter of their ongoing feud, Yoko Ono dissed Paul McCartney's songwriting prowess Monday at Britain's Q Awards. On hand to collect the Q Special Award honoring late husband John Lennon (on the day after what would have been his 65th birthday) at the annual ceremony in London, analogous to the American Music Awards, Ono took the opportunity to disparage his former Beatle mate. Ono, 72, recalled how insecure Lennon was as an artist. "'Why do they cover Paul's songs but never mine?' " she told the audience of U.K. music stars and record company execs. "I said, 'You're a good songwriter. It's not just 'June with spoon' that you write. You're a good singer, and most musicians are probably a little bit nervous about covering your songs.' " The Ono-McCartney feuding goes back to the late 1960s, when he suggested that she was behind the Beatles breakup. Over the years their relationship has remained dysfunctional. Ono said she was "hurt" when McCartney failed to invite her to the memorial service of his late wife, Linda. Most recently, Ono threatened legal action after McCartney reversed the traditional "Lennon-McCartney" songwriting credit on his 2002 Back in the U.S. But Ono's player-hating only seemed to extend to McCartney. When it came to the Q Awards big winner, Oasis, she congratulated the Beatles-inspired band. "I wish [John] was here today, he would have loved it," she said. Oasis won Best Album for Don't Believe The Truth and the People's Choice prize. Upon accepting the award for Best Album, Noel Gallagher said, "It was a change to not get the token Live Act award for being able to play the guitar...Best Album, nice one." The band that did win Best Live Act was U2. Meanwhile, two of Oasis' archrivals also picked up trophies. Coldplay was named Best Act in the World and Blur frontman Damon Albarn received Best Producer props for his work with Danger Mouse on the Gorillaz's Demon Days. Gorillaz also won Best Video for "Feel Good Inc." Other top winners included U.K. folk rocker James Blunt (Best New Act), Scottish singer K.T. Tunstall (Best Track for "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree") the Bee Gees (Lifetime Achievement), Jimmy Page (Icon), Joy Division (Legend), Bjork (Inspiration), Nick Cave (Classic Songwriter) and the Kinks, whose "Waterloo Sunset" received the prize for Classic Song. by Charlie Amter


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