A 102-year-old Canadian gospel singer took home a Grammy in Los Angeles on Saturday night.


George Beverly Shea is seen at his home in Montreat, N.C., on Jan. 13, 2009 at age 100. ((Chuck Burton/Associated Press))

George Beverly Shea, known for his rich baritone voice, won a lifetime achievement award.

Shea was recognized alongside Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton and the Ramones at the ceremony, held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater.

Though he's been nominated 10 times over his career, Shea last won a Grammy in 1966 for best gospel or other religious recording, an honour he shared with Anita Kerr.

"It's been a long time since I won a Grammy. They found me somewhere and then this happened," he joked on Saturday.

Shea received a standing ovation when he claimed his award, and while on stage sang a couple bars from Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.

Born in the eastern Ontario community of Winchester, Shea met the evangelical Christian Reverend Billy Graham in the 1940s and soon found himself singing before the crowds that attended Graham's sermons.

Shea has released more than 70 albums. He lives in Montreat, N.C.


With files from The Canadian Press