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Receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys is an honor, but Beach Boys singer Mike Love says he knows it's not that big of a deal.

The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Marley and The Who received lifetime achievement awards at Wednesday night's ceremony.

"The 40th anniversary of the release of our first record, called "Surfin',' comes at the end of this year, like, the fall of this year," Love told AP Radio. "So I think if you're in a music group and you've managed to hang in there for 40 years, I think, you know, it's worth some kind of achievement."

The 59-year-old singer said it was more exciting having Interior Secretary James Watt ban the Beach Boys from playing the National Mall in Washington in 1983, saying they attracted the wrong kind of crowd.

"That caused a huge storm of controversy. I think there were tens of thousands of phone calls to the Department of the Interior," Love said. "Matter of fact, for two days they couldn't use their phones, they were jammed up. And I think that was a great thing. It showed how many millions of people really like the Beach Boys."

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