At Grammys, Daft Punk dominate with 4 big wins
By MESFIN FEKADU
January 27, 2014, 2:20 pm TWN
LOS ANGELES — Daft Punk's electronic-funk grooves have won big at the Grammys.
The French electronic duo's "Random Access Memories" won album of the year and their infectious hit, "Get Lucky," won record of the year at the awards show. The song features Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
Daft Punk, who sports helmets in public, won four awards, as did Pharrell Williams and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
"Well, I suppose the robots would like to thank...." joked Williams, who also won non-classical producer of the year. "You know honestly, I bet, France is really proud of these guys right now."
Daft Punk also picked up honors for best dance/electronica album for "Random Access Memories" and pop duo/group performance for "Get Lucky," which earned Williams a trophy. Williams had seven nods, but competed with himself and could only take home four awards, which he did.]
While the men dominated, Lorde was the princess of the Grammys: Her hit "Royals" won record of the year and best pop solo performance.
"Thank you everyone who has let this song explode, because it's been mental," she said.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won best new artist and rap album for "The Heist," beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.
"Wow, we're here on the stage right now," said Macklemore, thanking fans first, then his fiancee and team. "I want to say we made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support."
The duo performed the gay-acceptance hit "Same Love," and 33 couples — some same-sex — got married in the middle in the performance as Queen Latifah officiated. Madonna joined in wearing an all-white suit and hat, and sang "Open Your Heart" and some of "Same Love" with Mary Lambert. Keith Urban cried and Katy Perry caught a bouquet during the performance.
Beyonce kicked off the Grammys with a steamy and smoky performance of "Drunk In Love:" She started on a chair and then grinded in a revealing black outfit. Jay Z emerged in a fitted suit to rap his verse, and the couple — parents of little Blue Ivy — held hands and danced together.
Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar collaborated onstage to create an electrifying performance, as the acts sported all-white and went from rap song to rock song. Robin Thicke performed with Chicago, singing the group's hit songs before going into "Blurred Lines," which energized the crowd. Thicke finished the performance singing on the floor.
Thomas Bangalter, of Daft Punk, accepts the award for record of the year for "Get Lucky" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, in Los Angeles. ...