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How The Beatles won a Grammy Award for a nearly 60-year-old song

The Beatles have an interesting history at the Grammy Awards.

That's partly because in its earliest days the industry bash was very much an anti-rock 'n' roll affair, with more traditional crooners dominating proceedings.

The track that picked up a bauble on Sunday night was 'I'm Only Sleeping', released way back in 1966 on the band's classic Revolver.

Only one double-A-side single was released from the album at the time, the seriousface/silly double-header of 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'Yellow Submarine'.

So why is a 58-year-old album track winning awards in the 2024 Grammys?

Well, back on October 28, 2022 – just inside the eligibility period for this year's awards – Revolver was re-released in a bunch of newly-mixed and expanded Special Edition package, including a massive 5CD version.

To accompany the release, the band commissioned a new music video for 'I'm Only Sleeping, directed by Em Cooper, and released the following month.

For the remarkable film, Cooper painted over 1,300 film cells individually.

"Literally, I paint and then I shoot that individual frame straight away, and then I move on to the next one," she told Animation World.

"It's like paint and shoot it, and then repaint. I might wipe it and repaint it or keep it wet and morph it like it's painted on glass. Each photograph shows an entirely new painting. It's kind of a stop-motion process."

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