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McCartney gets 'ultimate songwriter' award at NME awards

Sir Paul McCartney will get the award at the end of the month Credit: PA

Sir Paul McCartney is being celebrated by fellow songwriters with a special one-off prize at the NME Awards recognising his contribution to music over the past half century.

The music weekly has chosen to honour him after approaching a number of musicians who were united in naming him as being unmatchable in his craft.

He is to attend the event, to be staged on February 26 at London's O2 Academy in Brixton, to collect his Songwriter's Songwriter award.

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Macca tops rich list

Paul McCartney Credit: PA

Liverpool music legend Sir Paul McCartney has conquered the charts again - coming top of the Sunday Times Rich List of musical millionaires.

The former Beatle shares a £680 million fortune with his wife Nancy Shevell, according to the researchers who put the list together.

He has topped the list of wealthy musicians every time it has been put together since 1989 when his fortune was estimated at £80 million.

At least some of his fortune comes from his wife - the heiress to a US transport firm - who is said to be worth £150 million alone.

Sir Paul is not the only entry to get a boost in their fortune from their partner - a combined fortune of £200 million puts Victoria and David Beckham in the top 10, while Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow also feature.

Andrew Lloyd Webber was second in the chart with a fortune of £620 million, followed by Irish rockers U2 with £520 million.

The full list will be published on Sunday April 21.

Macca joins Hillsborough tribute single line-up

Sir Paul McCartney Credit: PA wire

Sir Paul McCartney Joins ‘The Justice Collective’ Line-up For Hillsborough Tribute Single

‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ released 17 December.

The track also features Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle, Melanie C and more.

‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ is produced by the Award-winning Guy Chambers, with all proceeds from single sales going towards the Hillsborough Families legal costs in their fight for justice.

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