Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis make waves at the 2014 Grammys
Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis walked away from the 56th annual Grammy Awards with a few trophies each, while several performances created buzz that lasted well beyond the three-and-a-half hour show.
Beyonce opened the Sunday (1/26) night ceremony with a powerful performance of "Drunk in Love," complete with an appearance by husband Jay Z, who received an award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration alongside Justin Timberlake.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had perhaps the most impactful performance, as they celebrated marriage equality with their hit single "Same Love." In the midst of the song, a newly ordained Queen Latifah presided over the marriage of 33 couples. Madonna offered up an insta-reception with a quick verse of "Open Your Heart."
About two dozen performances were scattered throughout the ceremony, including a Robin Thicke/Chicago collaboration, Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong paying tribute to the late Phil Everly and a show-closing supergroup featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsey Buckingham and Dave Grohl.
The night's most-talked-about winners include 17-year-old singer/songwriter Lorde, who took home awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, both for "Royals." Macklemore & Ryan Lewis thanked fans for awards in four different categories: Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for "The Heist," as well as Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Thrift Shop."
The white-suited "robots" and French electro duo known as Daft Punk also snagged four trophies. They won Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album for "Random Access Memories," along with Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky" with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Williams also received a nod for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
A handful of winners is shown below, while the full list of 2014 Grammy winners is available at the organization's website.
Some of 2014 Grammy winners
Album of the Year
"Random Access Memories," Daft Punk
Record of the Year
"Get Lucky," Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Song of the Year
Best Country Album
Kacey Musgraves, "Same Trailer Different Park"
Best Pop Vocal Album
Bruno Mars, "Unorthodox Jukebox"
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake, "Holy Grail"
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Rock Song
"Cut Me Some Slack," Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, "Get Lucky"
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical