The French duo, who also performed at the ceremony, their first show since returning with last year’s ‘Random Access Memories’, scooped five awards on the night; Record Of The Year (‘Get Lucky’), Album Of The Year (‘Random Access Memories’), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (‘Get Lucky’), Best Dance/Electronica Album (‘Random Access Memories’) and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical (‘Random Access Memories’).
Lorde, meanwhile, won Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance with her song ‘Royals’. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were another big winner, taking home four trophies; Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album.
Marking 50 years since their career-defining performance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, The Beatles‘ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited to play McCartney’s new song ‘Queenie Eye’ in front of an audience which included Yoko Ono. Paul McCartney also performed ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, their song from last year’s Grohl-fuelled and funded ‘Real To Reel: Sound City’ album/documentary. That track won Best Rock Song.
As previously mentioned, Daft Punk also performed ‘Get Lucky’ at the event, held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and were joined at by Pharrell Williams, Chic’s Nile Rodgers and special guest Stevie Wonder. You can watch the performance below.
Metallica also took to the stage for a rendition of their song ‘One’ with Chinese pianist Lang Lang, while during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ rendition of ‘Same Love’, 33 couples, gay and straight, were married in a ceremony presided over by Queen Latifah, after which the song morphed into Madonna’s ‘Open Your Heart’, as the Queen Of Pop herself took to the stage. Finally, Queens Of The Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails joined forces for the former’s ‘My God Is the Sun’.
Led Zeppelin, who took home a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, won their first ever competitive Grammy Award, for Best Rock Album, after some 45 years of being a band, while fellow rock veterans Black Sabbath won Best Metal Performance for their song ‘God Is Dead?’. Vampire Weekend also won, scooping the award for Best Alternative Album for last year’s ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’.
The main winners at the 56th Grammy Awards are:
RECORD OF THE YEAR: Daft Punk ft. Pharrell & Nile Rodgers – ‘Get Lucky’
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’
SONG OF THE YEAR: Lorde – ‘Royals’
BEST NEW ARTIST: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: Lorde – ‘Royals’
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE: Daft Punk ft. Pharrell & Nile Rodgers – ‘Get Lucky’
BEST VOCAL POP ALBUM: Bruno Mars – ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’
BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM: Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE: Imagine Dragons – ‘Radioactive’
BEST METAL PERFORMANCE: Black Sabbath – ‘Is God Dead?’
BEST ROCK SONG: ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ from ‘Sound City – Real To Reel’
BEST ROCK ALBUM: Led Zeppelin – ‘Celebration Day’
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM: Vampire Weekend – ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’
BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM: Rihanna – ‘Unapologetic’
BEST R&B ALBUM: Alicia Keys – ‘Girl On Fire’
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Thrift Shop’
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION: Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake – ‘Holy Grail’
BEST RAP SONG: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Thrift Shop’
BEST RAP ALBUM: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘The Heist’
BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA: ‘Sound City: Real To Reel’
BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL: Daft Punk –‘Random Access Memories’
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, NON-CLASSICAL: Pharrell Williams
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z – ‘Suit & Tie’