Vampire Weekend bagged Best Alternative Music Album at last night’s Grammy’s, but weren’t too keen on making a speech. “Thanks a lot,” singer Ezra Koenig said, before asking the rest of the band if they had anything to say. They didn’t. Here’s more big moments from the evening…
Appearing in their robot helmets, Daft Punk scooped four awards including Best Dance/Electronica Album and Record Of The Year for ‘Get Lucky’ with Pharrell Williams. “Well, I suppose the robots would like to thank…” said Pharrell. “You know honestly, I bet, France is really proud of these guys right now.”
Madonna rocked up dressed as a highway man with a penchant for sparkling gloves. She didn’t bag any awards but she did take to the stage with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Queen Latifah to perform ‘Same Love’ while 34 couples got married.
Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates won Best Metal Performance for ‘God Is Dead?’. Ozzy was also tasked with introducing Ringo Starr, but got confused and mumbled his lines. “I completely fucked it up,” he said.
Beyoncé and Jay Z opened the show with a rather saucy performance of Drunk In Love. Jay later bagged Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for ‘Holy Grail’.
Daft Punk’s performed ‘Get Lucky’ with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder and got everyone dancing from Bey and Jay to Paul McCartney.
Reuniting onstage Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr belted out Sir Paul’s song ‘Queenie Eye’ to a crowd including Yoko Ono. Sir Paul picked up two awards including Best Long-Form Music Video for ‘Live Kisses’.
Sporting an impressive moustache, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler gave an impromptu rendition of co-presenter Smokey Robinson’s ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’.
Taylor Swift showed off melodramatic head-banging prowess at the ceremony, performing ‘All Too Well’.
The last performance of the night came from a rock supergroup featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsey Buckingham and Dave Grohl. Starting with Nine Inch’s ‘Copy of A’, before shifting ‘My God is The Sun’, fans were left furious when producers cut to an advert before the collaboration had ended.
Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor took to Twitter to express his anger at the Grammy’s decision to cut his performance shore. “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys,” he tweeted. Fellow band member Alessandro Cortin added, “Hey @TheGRAMMYs : Way to say fuck you to great music by putting commercials over @qotsa …unbelievable.”
Madonna took to the stage with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Queen Latifah to perform ‘Same Love’…
During the performance of ‘Same Love’ 34 couples tied the knot in the crowd. “Thank you Everyone for an amazing evening.We made History!!!! #revolutionoflove,” tweeted Madonna.
Pink flaunted some Cirque du Soleil standard aerial acrobatics during her performance of ‘Try’.
Fun frontman Nate Ruess joined Pink onstage to perform a duet of ‘Just Give Me a Reason’.
After 30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto paid his respects to Lou Reed, Metallica continued the tribute to the late Velvet Underground star. Guitarist Kirk Hammett wore a Lou Reed ‘Transformer’ shirt for the band’s performance of ‘One’.
Metallica played ‘One’ at their very first Grammy’s 25 year ago. They performed the track again last night with classic pianist Lang Lang.
Lorde gave a gothic performance of hit ‘Royals’ before scooping Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for the track. Rather than thank her friends and family she focused on the artists she’d beaten to the title, describing them as her inspiration.
The winner of Best Rock Song was ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and the rest of Nirvana. Speaking on the red carpet Dave calls Paul ” a true groundbreaking visionary”. “The reason why we are here today is because of Ringo, Paul, John and George,” he says.
Songwriter Paul Williams, a collaborator on ‘Random Access Memories’ gave Daft Punk’s acceptance speech for Album Of The Year. “Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there,” he said. “And then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album.”