This has to be one of the more bizarre stories we have posted. Here’s the backstory. TMZ was told that if an artist wins a Grammy Award, then he or she has to sign a form agreeing that he or she will not sell or give away the Grammy. Failure to conform to the agreement, in effect, allows the Academy to repossess the award.
The Academy, NARAS, is suing Gotta Have It! Collectibles, which is based in New York, for putting up for auction John Lennon’s Grammy from 1966 for the song “Michelle”. Gotta Have It! currently has Lennon’s Grammy at a starting bid of $40,000 with no bids placed.
The Academy has gone after Gotta Have It! and an unnamed owner of the award with an accusation of “fraud, false advertising, unfair competition and tortious interference with contractual relations.”
The weird part to this story is that according to Gotta Have It!, the very same Grammy was sold twelve years ago by Christie’s Auction House, when the award sold for $35,850. For whatever reason, the Recording Academy did not try and block the sale that time.
An interesting tidbit, did you know that The Beatles’ “Michelle” was never officially released as a single in the U.S even though the song had, and still has, a lot of airplay.
Paul McCartney said of the track: “A lot of people said ‘Michelle’ would have made a good single. There are songs which we like but we wouldn’t like to have out as singles. ‘Cause it’s a very funny thing about putting a single out. We always used to think for a single we’d have to have something pretty fast. I don’t know why. They always sounded like the singles. So when we did ‘Michelle,’ we all thought it was okay, but we just didn’t want it out as representative of us at the time.”
Check out McCartney’s version of the track below: