Daft Punk get lucky at Grammy Awards

 

Alastair Leithead looks at who won what at this year's awards

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French dance duo Daft Punk have taken top honours at the Grammy Awards, winning five prizes including album and record of the year.

Hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took four awards - best new artist plus best rap album, song and performance.

Justin Timberlake won three, while New Zealand teenager Lorde picked up two including song of the year for Royals.

Sir Paul McCartney was among the other double winners and also reunited with his Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr.

The pair teamed up for Sir Paul's song Queenie Eye during the ceremony, which is known for its heavyweight on-stage collaborations.

The show was opened by Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce, while Madonna joined Macklemore and Lewis during their anti-homophobia anthem Same Love, as 33 same-sex and heterosexual couples got married on stage.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Former Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on stage
Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah Madonna joined Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah

Other collaborations included Metallica performing with pianist Lang Lang and Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams being joined by Stevie Wonder to perform Get Lucky.

KEY GRAMMY WINNERS

Lorde at the Grammys
  • Album of the year - Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
  • Record of the year - Get Lucky, Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
  • Song of the year - Royals, Lorde (above)
  • Best country album - Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves
  • Best pop vocal album - Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars
  • Best rap/sung collaboration - Holy Grail, Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
  • Best rock song - Cut Me Some Slack, Sir Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
  • Best pop duo/group performance - Get Lucky, Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
  • Best new artist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Best rock album - Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin
  • Best alternative album - Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend
  • Best music film - Live Kisses, Sir Paul McCartney
  • Best music video - Suit and Tie, Justin Timberlake
  • Best R&B album - Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys
  • Best R&B song - Pusher Love Girl, Justin Timberlake
  • Best rap album - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis,The Heist
  • Best rap song - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Thrift Shop
  • Best rap performance - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Thrift Shop
  • Best dance/electronica album - Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

More selected Grammy winners and nominees

The dance pioneers, real names Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, never appear in public without their trademark robot helmets.

Get Lucky, which featured producer and singer Pharrell and disco guitarist and producer Rodgers, was one of the biggest hits of 2013.

As well as scooping album and record of the year, Daft Punk won best pop duo/group performance for Get Lucky and best dance/electronica album for Random Access Memories.

The album was also named best engineered album, non-classical, which was credited to its engineers.

Daft Punk

  • French duo, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, formed in Paris in 1994 as part of the city's House music scene
  • They are well known for using disguises such as helmets and masks while performing in public
  • Debut album Homework (1997), featured house classics Around the World and Da Funk (with a video directed by Spike Jonze)
  • Disco-influenced Discovery (2002) was even more successful, featuring One More Time - their biggest commercial hit until Get Lucky - and Harder Better Faster Stronger (later sampled by Kanye West on Stronger)
  • In 2010 the duo composed and released the soundtrack to the film Tron; Legacy
  • 2013's much-hyped comeback saw a huge press campaign for fourth album Random Access Memories
  • The album was collaboration-heavy, including Chic's Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams, Chilly Gonzales and Pharrell Williams

So they left the acceptance speeches to their collaborators. "Well, I suppose the robots would like to thank..." joked Pharrell, who also won non-classical producer of the year.

"You know honestly, I bet France is really proud of these guys right now."

As well as performing, Sir Paul McCartney picked up the trophies for best music film and best rock song for Cut Me Some Slack, a collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana.

It beat The Rolling Stones' Doom And Gloom, from their 50th anniversary album GRRR!, as well as tracks by veteran metal band Black Sabbath, stadium rockers Muse and US singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr.

Black Sabbath did scoop best metal performance, while Led Zeppelin won best rock album for their live recording Celebration Day.

Other British nominees included Ed Sheeran and James Blake, who were both up for best new artist, but lost out to Macklemore and Lewis.

Rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis, who found fame after self-releasing their album The Heist, won four awards from seven nominations.

"We made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support," Macklemore told the audience.

Seventeen-year-old Lorde's debut single Royals earned song of the year and best pop solo performance after catapulting her to the top of the charts around the world last year.

Jay-Z started the night with the most nominations, up for nine awards. He won best rap/sung collaboration for Holy Grail, featuring Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake, Pharrell and rapper Kendrick Lamar were among the acts who went into the ceremony with seven nominations.

Other winners included Adele for her James Bond theme Skyfall, which won the prize for best song written for visual media, and Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, who won best classical instrumental solo.

British hitmaker Calvin Harris was up for best dance/electronica album for 18 Months and best dance recording for Sweet Nothing with Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch, but lost out on both.

UK acts Duke Dumont and Disclosure were also unsuccessful nominees in the dance categories.

David Bowie had been nominated for best rock album and best rock performance for his 2013 comeback, but missed out in both categories.

The awards can be seen on Monday 27 January at 9pm on 4Music.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Beyonce and husband Jay-Z performed together to open the ceremony
 

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    Comment number 302.

    People slating daft Punk and their recognition should consider the impact that they have had on the "pop" scene in the last 15 years. For my money "Discovery" has to be up there as 1 of the most influential albums of the modern era with its reintroduction of disco beats and more importantly the vocoder effects...you may not like them or their full oeuvre but they deserve the accolades & respect

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    Comment number 148.

    As a music aficionado it chars my heart, particularly, to see Vampire Weekend and Imagine Dragons win Best Alternative Album and Best Rock Performance respectively. Those categories are perhaps two of the dwindling number of Grammy categories to retain any musical credibility. I believe we are in an era of artistic and creative decline - created artificially by material greed.

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    Comment number 116.

    Sign of getting old dear people.
    Growing up in the 60's, I well remember the abuse the Beatles,Stones etc received from my elders,who grew up listening to Sinatra,Crosby!
    Today's kids think The Smiths,Verve etc are from another planet.
    Nothing changes...most adults hate what their children are into...that's the way it should be!

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    Comment number 107.

    Do you remember "Bye, bye miss American pie"
    The death of Buddy Holly" wasn't the day the music died, it was sometime later when music lost melody and lyrics to be replaced by garbage so called singers and *rap "music"
    Meaningless awards for singers who are mostly forgotten a few months later.
    What a waste of time and money.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 105.

    The huge problem with so much at the 'Grammys' is staring us all in the face - the music is really (and sadly) just not very good. It's about time that the fawning media, from reviewers through to disc-jockeys, came out and said so. They know it, we know it, so why not just say it?

 

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