Paul McCartney Teases Bruce Springsteen at Awards: "Never Worked a Day!"

Springsteen Reflects on U.K. Visits and Audience Connection

by Zain ul Abedin
Paul McCartney Teases Bruce Springsteen at Awards: "Never Worked a Day!"
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The camaraderie between music legends was on full display at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on May 23, where Paul McCartney, at 81, had the honor of presenting Bruce Springsteen with a prestigious songwriting accolade.

The event not only celebrated Springsteen’s contributions to music but also marked a moment of lighthearted jest, as McCartney playfully roasted his longtime friend during the ceremony. Springsteen, known affectionately as “The Boss” for his profound narratives about the American working class, received a unique distinction at the ceremony.

He became the first international songwriter to join the Academy's Fellowship, an honor reserved for the most distinguished composers and songwriters, with past recipients including Adele, Sting, Amy Winehouse, and John Lennon.

In a speech that blended humor with homage, McCartney quipped about Springsteen's relatable persona, stating, “He's known as being the American working man, but he admits he’s never worked a day in his life. It's true," sending ripples of laughter through the audience at Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Beatles icon continued to tease, suggesting other worthy international recipients like Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift, before affectionately dubbing Springsteen a “lovely, lovely boy”.

Springsteen's Warm Reflections

The warmth of the evening resonated with the attendees, who cheered on as McCartney handed over the award to Springsteen. Responding to the acclaim, Springsteen shared his recent experiences performing in Sunderland, England, amidst unrelenting rain.

Despite the weather challenges, he expressed a heartfelt connection with his audience: “These are my people,” he declared, emphasizing his commitment to his fans. Springsteen also humorously reflected on his initial visits to the UK back in 1975, joking about his culinary surprises and cultural adjustments, from disappointing airplane meals to his first encounter with fish and chips.

He humorously noted, “If London isn't ready for a cheeseburger, they may not be ready for me!” Beyond the jests and anecdotes, the event underscored a profound respect and friendship between two titans of music.

Both Springsteen and McCartney have previously shared the stage, notably during McCartney's headline set at the Glastonbury Festival in 2022, highlighting a mutual admiration that spans decades.

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