McCartney producer gets Grammy nod; Beatle talks nasty virus, missing Lennon

Paul Epworth, one of four producers of Paul McCartney's “NEW” album, has been nominated for a Grammy in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, it was announced Dec. 5. Epworth was nominated in the Producer of the Year – Non-Classical category with John Hill, Jay Joyce, Greg Kurstin and Max Martin. It was the only nomination McCartney or the Beatles received in today's nominations.

The nominations were rolled out through the day, beginning with the four categories that were announced on "CBS This Morning." The Album Of The Year nominations were announced during the one-hour entertainment special "A Very Grammy Christmas." Beyoncé, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams grabbed the most nominations with six each. The awards ceremony will air Feb. 8 on CBS.

McCartney won two statues in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. He won for Best Music Film for “Live Kisses” and Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.

Meanwhile, in an interview published Dec. 5 by the UK Mirror, Paul McCartney revealed that he lost a stone or 14 pounds in about a week when he contracted the virus that forced him to postpone his concerts in Japan and Korea. “It was some stomach thing and I was throwing up and didn’t eat for a week, which is one way to lose weight. That’s not recommended. I lost nearly a stone or something.”

He praised the doctors who cared for him and “wasn't worried about it being life-threatening,” but he also promised he will return to Japan to make up the concerts that were canceled. “I’m going back to Japan next year,” he stated flatly. Press in Japan is already reporting rumors of concerts in May.

And in an interview on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” he said though the Beatles didn't always get along, he and John Lennon were friends when Lennon died on Dec. 8, 1980. "There was acrimony in The Beatles. But when he got killed we were friends. We used to call each other up and swap bread recipes," he said. He also called Lennon's killer “the jerk of jerks.”