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.


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

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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 313.

    Was it being collected by the Stig?

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    Comment number 312.

    You can tell that the general age range of the BBC HYS commenters is 35-55. Yes, we know you dont like "modern music" Just like YOUR parents didnt like your "modern music" Just because you do not like it, it does not mean that it's not music. We dont come on here saying that your music of choice isnt music because XYZ. Music taste changes with time. Just get over yourselves!

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    Comment number 311.

    @306. DrlngEngr

    I completely agree with you - but sitting at home debating about them on HYS isn't going to make the slightest bit of difference to anything.

    Particularly because the site is so heavily moderated it's almost impossible to discuss anything of any importance in any depth.

    For these reasons, I'd rather discuss the more trivial news stories and keep the real issues for the pub!

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    Comment number 310.

    So... no mention of Jeff Hanneman? Signs once again that the music industry snubs rock and metal. For shame. Slayer were (and are) one of the most influential artists in metal music, and he should have been mentioned in memoriam. Not impressed!

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    Comment number 309.

    I DJ in my local area & appreciate all kinds of music but believe me theres good & bad from every era

    Daft Punk released 'Get Lucky' and it was co written by Nile Rodgers from Chic who has produced some of the best music of the last 40 years.

    Pharell Williams is a great singer/songwriter too.

    I first heard about Daft Punk in the late 90s so they are no one hit wonder either

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    Comment number 308.

    Who chose the Rock category? I love Zep but there were many, many more better albums this year.

    2013 was a 'good un'

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    Comment number 307.

    I am actually a DJ / producer and I must say this is not a front news story it's a distraction I'd expect to see this on the NME site or other musical publication but not here, when our country os 908% in debt of what our entire economy is worth!! this is insane. with everything going on in the world this is the story that gets published, it just reaffirms how censored the BBC is.

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    Comment number 306.

    293 Hunter
    I suspect that a lot of the issues you refer to may well, eventually, have a much larger impact on your life than you might think.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 304.

    "If you don't like it don't watch it / listen to it , no one asked you to."

    Oh, if only that were true!
    Sadly we have rap music (strongest oxymoron ever), hip-hop, urban and bubble-gum pop blared at us everywhere we go.
    To call any of it music is risible and we can't turn it off.

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    Comment number 303.

    Though there are many categories in the Grammy's the pop stuff is down to Brit Award level the changes in some categories have lowered the standard somewhat. Some of these releases certainly did better in USA than here. Personally to see Awards going to both Gary Clark Jr, what a talent there and to Ben Harper and Charlie Musslewhite. Be nice to see wider range os categories in the Brits.

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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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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 300.

    288.Cantab said "I can't wait for the under 30s to come on to defend the current trends in music, oh wait... they are on FB and Twitter"

    They probably had a look and saw it was full of the same old bitter and grumpy folk either moaning that everything was better back in the day, or using every topic to denounce the BBC for not covering the subject matter of their personal choice.

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    Comment number 299.

    There are lots of really good unsigned bands out there. There are also very good signed bands. Look through the racks at HMV. Go see a live band at a small music venue. You do not have to follow the "music shepherds" of TV and radio.

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    Comment number 298.

    How predictably disappointing…have an award for being the most commercially viable, culturally digestible product and for spending the most on a successful marketing campaign, making the most of ignorant kids' disposable income and susceptibility.

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    Comment number 297.


    When the Beatles won awards in the 1960's did they wheel out musicians from 1914 to plug the talent gap? I think not.

    The musical talent of today was not invited.

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    Comment number 296.

    Yes, another 'aren't we all great' award ceremony. Listen, you are all completely overrated in society and most of you have no talent at all.

    However, Daft Punk, well done. You are talented.

    McCartney & Ringo, give it a rest zimmer boys, you are history. Get over it!

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    Comment number 295.

    "All music now is just a re-hash of something that has gone before."
    Daft Punk too?

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    Comment number 294.

    Oh Madonna, please, please please stop trying to be 25 :(


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