George Harrison couldn’t stand receiving awards for his work. He didn’t need it to promote his career. George didn’t even see what he was doing as a career. Of everything in the material world, the former Beatle only needed God’s verification, not critics and fans.
George Harrison received many awards during his career
During his career, George has received numerous awards. In 1965, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him and the Beatles MBEs (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). Although, according to the Echo of Liverpool, George was confused by the Queen’s decision. He told the press that he “didn’t think you got that kind of thing, just for playing rock ‘n’ roll music”.
By 1965, the Beatles had done more than play rock ‘n’ roll. Even royalty couldn’t ignore the effect the band had on society. George said he would hang his MBE on his wall.
However, in 1965, George was already disenchanted with his career, his fame and everything else. He also grew tired of meeting world dignitaries. Only spirituality impressed him. George was more concerned with pleasing God than making music that pleased fans.
In 1969 George received an Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Something”. Of course, George won numerous Grammy awards with the Beatles. However, George won his first solo Grammy for Album of the Year for Concert for Bangladesh in 1973. In 1990, he and his bandmates from The Traveling Wilburys won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for their debut album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1.
George attended the Beatles’ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1988. Then, in 1992, George received a Billboard Century Award. Again, George’s appearance was surprising. When Tom Petty welcomed him on stage, the crowd cheered, but after a while he told them to sit down because he “couldn’t stand it”.
In his acceptance speech, George joked that he felt 100 years old, but then he got serious. “All of this flattery is hard for me to bear without saying that I’ve been so lucky to have such great friends and influences on my career, if you call it a career, because I haven’t really handled that. like some people take care of their careers. It’s been pretty hit or miss in a lot of ways.
Underneath it all, however, George felt uncomfortable with flattery.
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George got tired of accepting awards
George continued to win awards and nominations. However, he rejected the best, an OBE, from the Queen.
According smooth radiojournalist Ray Connolly, who knew the Beatles well, claimed that George rejected the OBE because he was insulted that he had not been knighted like Paul had been in 1997.
Connolly told the Mail on Sunday: “Anyone who decided to offer him the OBE and not the knighthood was extraordinarily insensitive. George would have felt insulted – and with very good reason.
However, there is no denying that George rejected the award because he was tired of all the flattery. George had gotten sick of it and every other form of adulation once he became spiritual.
Everything was wrong for him. If he were to be appreciated by anyone, it would be by God. He only played music to get closer to his creator. George didn’t like it when fans treated him like a deity, making offerings to him.
In Martin Scorsese’s 2011 documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material WorldGeorge’s widow, Olivia, explained that George paid little attention to awards and honors.
“George had maximum entertainment in life,” she said. “Towards the end of his life, I was like, ‘Oh, they want to give you this award. He said, ‘I don’t want it. Tell them to get another monkey. I would say: ‘Yes, but you know, it’s really nice’. You should have this.
“And he was like, ‘Well, if you want it so bad, you go get it. I’m not going. I’m not doing that anymore. Because it’s just a big diversion…He really drew the line, and I really admired him for that.
George didn’t live in the material world where rewards mattered anyway. He wanted most in life to ascend to the next plane of existence.
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Olivia Harrison said her husband would have had a kick for her and their son’s Grammy win
At the 2022 Grammy Awards, Olivia, the couple’s son, Dhani, and Darren Evans won a Grammy for Best Box Set or Special Limited Edition for their work on All must pass: 50th anniversary edition.
Olivia said George would have been delighted for his family to receive this honor.
“I think the music is all over there in the big Akasha,” Olivia said. “We can tap into that, and I think his is enduring. He liked the album, you know. He never talked too much about his music, but once in a while he would say that I like that song, or I think it was a good album.
“I think he would really have a laugh if that happened. For us, really. It’s for us because it’s an expression of our love and respect and how we feel about his legacy and his music. Really, that’s what we poured into it. It’s always bittersweet when George is recognized, but it’s all wonderful. It’s always emotional.”
George received many posthumous awards, but his reaction would have been the same whether he was in the material world or not. He only needed the love of God; everything else was secondary.
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