An amused Paul McCartney let it be after he, singer Beck and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins were denied entry to a Grammy Awards after-party thrown by rapper Tyga at The Argyle in Hollywood Monday night.
“How VIP do we gotta get?” the music legend, 73, good-naturedly asked his companions in a video posted at TMZ.com Tuesday. “We need another hit, guys!” McCartney added. “We need another hit. Work on it!”
When the cameraman later asked a departing Tyga, 26, about McCartney, the rapper conceded, “He’s a legend,” but didn’t respond to a suggestion about apologizing to the former Beatle.
On Tuesday, Tyga tweeted, however: “Why would I deny Paul McCartney stop it. He’s a legend.” The rapper later added: “I don’t control the door. I had no knowledge SIR PAUL was there. I just performed and left.”
Late Monday, rapper Bow Wow, 28, appeared incredulous when the cameraman told him what happened. “Wait, wait, wait, time out — THE Paul McCartney? . . . And they would not let Paul McCartney in? You gotta be lying. . . . There’s no way, there’s no way.” After being assured it was true, he said, “Maybe it’s the fact that we’re younger than Paul and the fact that it’s a new generation, and we really club when we want to go out,” adding that at The Argyle, “We’re familiar faces, they know us, we come here. But that’s crazy, though.”
McCartney’s snub wasn’t the only aftermath from Monday night’s Grammys. The family of nine-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole joined fans and such luminaries as filmmaker and “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels in condemning the Grammy telecast for relegating the late singer to the “In Memoriam” montage, while David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, among others, got individual tributes.
“Sadly a FORGETTABLE tribute to Natalie Cole,” the singer’s sisters, Timolin and Casey, told “Entertainment Tonight” in a statement. “Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister.”
“It was shameless the way they minimized her legacy,” Cole’s son Robert Adam Yancy told “ET” Monday night. “We will find solace in her legacy as well as her endless fans around the world.”
Meanwhile, Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie, tweeted what many are taking as a dig at Lady Gaga’s tribute to his father. He posted the “Oxford English Dictionary” definition of a word meaning “overexcited or irrational, typically as a result of infatuation or excessive enthusiasm; mentally confused,” he added, “Damn it! What IS that word!?”