Awards

Paul McCartney’s awards include BRIT Awards, Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Classical Brit Awards and the UK’s Q Awards. As a member of The Beatles, his songwriting partnership with John Lennon produced “some of the most popular music in rock and roll history”.

In the United Kingdom, McCartney has been knighted and was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). In 2017, he was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) for services to music.

In the United States, McCartney received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.

In May 2011 in Peru, he received the Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun, La Orden del Arbol de la Quina for his environmental protection work, and the Medal of Honor from the National Library of Peru.

On 8 September 2012 in France, McCartney was awarded the Legion of Honour for services to music by French President François Hollande at the Élysée Palace.

NME awards

Year Award Recipient Result
1963 World Vocal Group The Beatles Won
British Vocal Group The Beatles Won
Best British Disc Of The Year – ‘She Loves You’ The Beatles Won
1964 Outstanding Vocal Group The Beatles Won
British Vocal Group The Beatles Won
1965 British Vocal Group The Beatles Won
World Vocal Group The Beatles Won
1966 British Vocal Group The Beatles Won
Best British Disc This Year – ‘Eleanor Rigby’ The Beatles Won
1968 World Vocal Group The Beatles Won
British Vocal Group The Beatles Won
Best British Disc This Year – ‘Hey Jude’ The Beatles Won
1970 Top British Group The Beatles Won
1970’s Best British LP – ’Let It Be’ The Beatles Won
1971 Top British Group The Beatles Won
Best British LP – ‘Let It Be’ The Beatles Won
1974 Best bass guitarist Paul McCartney Won
1976 Best bass guitarist Paul McCartney Won
1980 For Outstanding Services to Music Paul McCartney Won
2000 Best Band Ever The Beatles Won
2005 Best Event Paul McCartney Won
2014 The Songwriter’s Songwriter Paul McCartney Won

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Paul McCartney has won once Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards in the category of Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Song for “Vanilla Sky” (from Vanilla Sky) in 2001.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2001 “Vanilla Sky” (from Vanilla Sky) Best Song Won
2009 “(I Want to) Come Home” (from Everybody’s Fine) Best Song Nominated

BMI Latin Awards

The BMI Latin Awards are awarded annually by Broadcast Music, Inc. for the best-performing Latin songs. McCartney has received one award for Manny Manuel’s cover “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1997 “Dame Tu Mano Ven (I Want to Hold Your Hand)” Award-winning song Won

Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are awarded annually. Paul McCartney has won once with the Beatles, and has been nominated for two more awards.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1971 Let It Be (from Let It Be) Best Original or Adaptation Score Won
1974 “Live and Let Die” (from Live and Let Die) Best Original Song Nominated
2002 “Vanilla Sky” (from Vanilla Sky) Best Original Song Nominated

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards are awarded annually. Paul McCartney won two awards and has been nominated for two.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1975 Wings Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Nominated
1983 Paul McCartney Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Nominated
1986 Paul McCartney Merit Honored
1997 The Beatles Anthology Favorite Pop/Rock Album Nominated
2015 “FourFiveSeconds” (with Rihanna and Kanye West) Collaboration of the Year Nominated

Brit Awards

The Brit Awards are awarded annually by the British Phonographic Industry. McCartney has won 7 Brit awards and 1 Classic Brit Awards.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1977 Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band British Album of the Year Won
“She Loves You” British Single of the Year Nominated
The Beatles British Group Won
Outstanding Contribution to Music Honored
1983 Paul McCartney British Male Solo Artist Won
Sony Trophy Award for Technical Excellence Won
The Beatles Outstanding Contribution to Music Honored
1984 Paul McCartney British Male Solo Artist Nominated
1985 Paul McCartney British Male Solo Artist Nominated
1990 “My Brave Face” British Video Nominated
2007 Ecce Cor Meum Album of the Year Won
2008 Paul McCartney Outstanding Contribution to Music Honored

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Award are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States.

In addition to his 18 Grammy wins, McCartney received the academy’s MusiCares Person of the Year award in 2012. McCartney was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award twice. The first in 1990 for his solo work and then with The Beatles in 2014. The Beatles were also, honoured with a Grammy Trustees Award in 1972.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1965 “I Want to Hold Your Hand” Record of the Year Nominated
“A Hard Day’s Night” Song of the Year Nominated
The Beatles Best New Artist Won
A Hard Day’s Night Best Performance by a Vocal Group Won
Best Rock & Roll Recording Nominated
Best Original Score from a Motion Picture or Television Show Nominated
1966 Help! Album of the Year Nominated
Best Performance by a Vocal Group Performance Nominated
Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance – Group (Vocal or Instrumental) Nominated
Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show Nominated
“Yesterday” Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Vocal Performance, Male Nominated
Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance – Male Nominated
Best Contemporary (R&R) Single Nominated
1967 Revolver Album of the Year Nominated
“Michelle” Song of the Year Won
“Eleanor Rigby” Best Vocal Performance, Male Nominated
Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance – Male or Female Won
Best Contemporary (R&R) Recording Nominated
1968 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Album of the Year Won
Best Contemporary Album Won
Best Performance by a Vocal Group Nominated
Best Contemporary Group Performance (Vocal or Instrumental) Nominated
“A Day in the Life” Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement Nominated
1969 Magical Mystery Tour Album of the Year Nominated
“Hey Jude” Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Contemporary Pop Performance – Vocal, Duo or Group Nominated
1970 Abbey Road Album of the Year Nominated
Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Group Nominated
Yellow Submarine Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special Nominated
1971 “Let It Be” Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Contemporary Song Nominated
Let It Be Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus Nominated
Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special Won
1972 “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” (with Linda McCartney) Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Won
1974 “Live and Let Die” Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus Nominated
Live and Let Die Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture Nominated
1975 Band on the Run Album of the Year Nominated
“Band on the Run” Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus Won
1977 “Let ‘Em In” Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Nominated
1980 “Rockestra Theme” Best Rock Instrumental Performance Won
1981 “Coming Up (Live at the Glasgow) Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male Nominated
1982 The McCartney Interview Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording Nominated
1983 Tug of War Album of the Year Nominated
“Ebony and Ivory” (with Stevie Wonder) Record of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
1984 “The Girl Is Mine” (with Michael Jackson) Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
1986 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (as featured artist) Best Music Video, Short Form Nominated
1987 “Rupert and the Frog Song” Best Music Video, Short Form Nominated
1996 Live at the BBC Best Historical Album Nominated
1997 The Beatles Anthology Best Long Form Music Video Won
“Free as a Bird” Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
Best Short Form Music Video Won
1998 Flaming Pie Album of the Year Nominated
2001 Liverpool Sound Collage Best Alternative Music Album Nominated
2003 “Vanilla Sky” (from Vanilla Sky) Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Nominated
2005 “Something” (with Eric Clapton) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
2006 Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Album of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
“Fine Line” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
2007 “Jenny Wren” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
2008 Memory Almost Full Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
“Dance Tonight” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
“Only Mama Knows” Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
2009 “That Was Me” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
“I Saw Her Standing There” Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
2011 “Helter Skelter” (from Good Evening New York City) Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance Won
2012 Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection — Deluxe Edition) Best Historical Album Won
2013 Kisses on the Bottom Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Won
2014 “Cut Me Some Slack” (with Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic) Best Rock Song Won
Live Kisses Best Music Film Won
Ram (Paul McCartney Archive Collection — Deluxe Edition) Best Historical Album Nominated
2016 “All Day” (with Kanye West, Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom) Best Rap Performance Nominated
Best Rap Song Nominated

Grammy Trustees Award

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1972 The Beatles Trustees Award Honored

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1990 Paul McCartney Lifetime Achievement Award Honored
2014 The Beatles Lifetime Achievement Award Honored

Grammy Hall of Fame

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1993 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
1995 Abbey Road Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
1997 “Yesterday” Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
1998 “I Want to Hold Your Hand” Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
1999 Revolver Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
“Strawberry Fields Forever” Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
2000 Rubber Soul Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
A Hard Day’s Night Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
The Beatles (White Album) Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
2001 “Hey Jude” Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
Meet the Beatles! Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
2002 “Eleanor Rigby” Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
2004 “Let It Be” Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
2008 “Help!” Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
2011 “Penny Lane” Hall of Fame (The Beatles) Inducted
2013 Band on the Run Hall of Fame (Wings) Inducted

MusiCares Person of the Year

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Paul McCartney Person of the Year Honored

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards are awarded annually by MTV. McCartney has won 1.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1984 The Beatles Video Vanguard Award Honored

MTV Europe Music Awards

The MTV Europe Music Awards are awarded annually by MTV. McCartney has one.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 Paul McCartney Ultimate Legend Award Honored

MVPA Awards

The Music Video Production Association (MVPA) is a non-profit trade organization created to address the mutual concerns of its members in today’s highly competitive, ever-changing music video industry.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 “Dance Tonight” Best International Video Won
“Ever Present Past” Nominated

Q Awards

The Q Awards are awarded annually by Q magazine.

Year Award
1990 Merit Award
1996 Best Reissue/Compilation Album: The Beatles Anthology, The Beatles
1997 Songwriter Award
2007 Icon Award
2010 Classic Album: Band on the Run, Wings

National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards

The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) awards are awarded annually by National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Paul McCartney – Hope for the Future Song, Original or Adapted Nominated