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Jeff Lynne Revives ELO at the Grammys, George Harrison Honored

Jeff Lynne was joined by legacy Electric Light Orchestra member Richard Tandy for energetic renditions of ‘Evil Woman’ and ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ tonight on the 57th annual Grammy Awards.

The appearance is part of a sudden resurgence for Lynne, who hadn’t performed on stage with ELO in some 30 years before last year’s concert at London’s Hyde Park. That followed 2012’s ‘Long Wave,’ his first solo album since 1990. Lynne has also been overseeing reissues of Electric Light Orchestra albums over the last few years, with the promise of new music on the horizon.

Paul McCartney, with whom Lynne worked in the ’90s, leapt up to clap along during tonight’s set. Lynne was part of 2014’s Grammy tribute to the Beatles, as well. Pop star Ed Sheeran joined in on rhythm guitar.

Earlier in the broadcast, Lynne’s pal George Harrison was recognized by Smokey Robinson and Nile Rodgers for earning a Lifetime Achievement Award. Lynne produced both Harrison’s 1987 comeback album ‘Cloud Nine,’ as well as his posthumous 2002 project ‘Brainwashed.’

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