Robot men walk away with album and record of the year
The big winners at the 56th annual Grammy awards on Sunday night turned out to be couples as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Daft Punk took home four awards apiece and a few dozen people were married on stage.
The robot-uniformed French electronic duo Daft Punk bested Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to take home the album and record of the year. Pharrell Williams, who is featured in Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, delivered the thank you speech for the lanky performers that do not speak in costume, or at least can’t be heard.
"Well, I suppose the robots would like to thank…" said Williams, who won non-classical producer of the year. "You know honestly, I bet, France is really proud of these guys right now."
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won best new artist and received three awards in the rap field before the show began with best rap album for The Heist and best rap performance and best rap song for Thrift Shop. During their performance of Same Love, 33 couples were married on stage. Queen Latifah officiated the ceremony and Madonna joined the musical performance, while wearing an all-white pantsuit and cowboy hat.
Speaking to the press after the ceremony, Queen Latifah said: "To be able to do something special for people, to change someone's life is what I was able to do tonight. I took it very seriously, I didn't enter into it lightly. It's not about TV or ratings, this was something real for me."
Clutching their gongs after the show, rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis said they were overwhelmed by their achievement, the Press Association reported.
Lewis revealed his sister and her partner were among the couples who got married during the ceremony.
"You never think you are going to win a Grammy," he said. "It is that thing that is so distant, it's the pinnacle, it's the apex, to be able to celebrate same love. My sister getting married tonight was so personal, I still have chills now."
Macklemore said of the song: "It is a message of equality, tolerance and compassion to end homophobia, fear and hatred that has been an institution here in America.
Lorde’s Royals won the song of the year and best pop solo performance, making the 17-year-old the third-youngest Grammy winner in history. LeAnn Rhymes and Luis Miguel hold the top two spots for the awards they won at age 14.
Beyonce and Jay Z opened the show with a performance of her new track Drunk In Love, off Beyonce’s self-titled album which was released without warning in December. The night’s other performances maintained the tradition of non-tradition as rapper Kendrick Lamar performed with alt-rockers Imagine Dragons, Robin Thicke sang alongside rock band Chicago and Stevie Wonder took the stage with electronic duo Daft Punk.
Aside from the rap category, the main genre winners went as expected. Daft Punk took home the best dance/electronica album award. Kacey Musgraves won best country album for her Same Trailer Different Park. Best rock album was awarded to the controversial nominee Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day, which was recorded at a 2007 concert.
Cyndi Lauper presented most of the awards at the pre-telecast ceremony in Los Angeles, including. The most recent James Bond Film, Skyfall, took home two awards for best score soundtrack and best song written for visual media. Gipsy Kings' Savor Flamenco tied with Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Live: Singing For Peace Around The World for the best world music album award.
LL Cool J hosted the show for the third consecutive time on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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