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 sport 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 honours 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 song 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. Macklemore thanked fans first, then his fiancée and team.
The duo performed the gay-acceptance hit ‘Same Love’, and 33 couples — some same-sex — got married during 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’, wearing 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’. Thicke finished the performance singing on the floor.
Perry sang ‘Dark Horse’ in an eerie forest with fire that mirrored the song’s vibe, and John Legend and Taylor Swift — who whipped her head, and hair, back and forth — played pianos during their slow songs. Pink twirled in the air in her signature Cirque du Soleil-form.
Swift, who was nominated for album of the year, lost best country album in a surprise upset to rising singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves for Same Trailer Different Park. The singer also beat Swift for best country song and was nominated for new artist.
Macklemore & Lewis’ wins, which include best rap song and rap performance for ‘Thrift Shop’, come after the Grammy rap committee almost ousted the group from its categories. The rap committee felt Macklemore & Lewis should qualify for the pop awards instead because of their massive success on Top 40 radio.
Justin Timberlake, who was not up for any of the major awards, won three trophies, including best R&B song for ‘Pusher Love Girl’ and music video for ‘Suit & Tie’, which also earned Jay Z a Grammy.
Jay Z and Timberlake
also won best rap/sung collaboration for ‘Holy Grail’.
Bruno Mars won best pop vocal album with Unorthodox Jukebox.