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 593.

    @Lucy J - so in order to be a musician you need to sing now do you? Possibly the most ridiculous comment I've seen on here.

    That Jimmi Hendrix chap, yeah sure he could play the guitar but he was a jank singer so none of this calling him a "musician" any more

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    Comment number 592.

    I too am on a mission to tell young people about the kind of music they should enjoy. Why don't they appreciate the music I listened to as a youth? (Back when Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were adored by all generations).

    Anyway, looks like we've all gathered in the right place to make our message heard. The cool, young kids are sure to be gathering on a BBC news forum!

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    Comment number 591.

    i like cheeze!

    Well really. . . . .

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    Comment number 590.

    Never mind "daft punk"--surely the daftest award was to richard starkey
    AKA ringo starr--the most over-rated,talentless, luckiest person ever to have been called a drummer!
    Remember a long time ago when the late great John Lennon replied to a question about ringo being the best drummer in the world?
    He replied "he's not even the best drummed in the group!"
    Says it all about these awards.

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    Comment number 589.

    Sorry but can someone pass the sick bucket? That whole mass wedding thing with Madonna doing her white and spangly cowboy impression was a bit too much!

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    Comment number 588.

    I regret when it comes to world news which is BBC's mission is or should be, it's been eclipsed by al Jazeera and even by CNN.It was eclipsed long ago by PBS nightly news.When it comes to specialized topics like entertainment, business, science and technology, it is also far eclipsed by networks dedicated to those topics.Trying to be everything to everyone results in being nothing to anyone.

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    Comment number 587.

    Navigators: Why SHOULD they sing - they've got someone else to do it

    Because thats what good musicians do

    Honestly, they won because they dressed up as robots,
    not because of their music

    Then the whole Macklemore thing was entirely political

    But it is funny that the rappers did not want Macklemore to be classified as rap

    They didn't want Eminem to be classified as rap either

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    Comment number 586.

    582. sieuralu
    noun: news
    newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events.

    the earth, together with all of its countries and peoples.

    As this is newly received information about a recent event that occurred within one of the countries upon the planet Earth, I think it may be reasonable to classify it as world news even if it is in Ent.& Arts.

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    Comment number 585.

    I'm 50 and love music from 60s through to today. There is quality today just as there was rubbish in all periods. Macklemore are a stand out talent - bought the CD and love it (my 2nd rap album). Calvin Harris, imagine dragons, etc original and quality. Up and coming bands to see are temples. Most people at the mo can handle their instruments, play well and write well. It is a good time for music.

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    Comment number 584.

    582 sieuralu
    I beg your pardon? BBC World News? No, BBC Entertainment and Arts, on the www.bbc.co.uk website. The url is http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25850644.

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    Comment number 583.

    Another HYS topic vital to human history.

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    Comment number 582.

    474"Therefore meaning that the whole Entertainment & Arts section that this has been published in is meaningless and should not be reported?"

    That's right. This is supposed to be the BBC World News, not the latest useless, meaningless iotas about entertainment celebs (including sport) that may be fun but of no real importance. This is pandering that resulted from the degeneration of BBC.

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    Comment number 581.

    Guys, electronic music has been around since the late 60s/early 70s - just google Tonto's Expanding Headband for early exponents. The world would be a sadder place if we all liked the same kind of music.
    575 LucyJ
    Why SHOULD they sing - they've got someone else to do it for them!

    That's something you don't get much these days, instrumentals!

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    Comment number 580.

    49 Minutes ago
    Right Off the top of my head...Fleetwood mac...Supremes...neil young...david bowie....Rush....santana...aretha franklin...now tell me who from last nights drivel can match any one of these artists?

    Not a huge fan of Beyonce but her range can rival Aretha anyday

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    Comment number 579.

    looks to me this is a generation waiting for the new music to happen while they wallow in old self tribute bands ploughing the same old furrow? kindalike the 70s pre 1977

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    Comment number 578.

    Well I like 'em and I'd rather listen to their music than comment on stuff I can do bog all about. My last comment was trying to be funny or ironic or satirical (not sure which, probably wasn't any of them).

    Electronic music is certainly still here. I'm off to chill out to a bit of Kraftwerk now

    Sie ist ein Modell und sie sieht gut aus

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    Comment number 577.

    Senior people at the news of the world cannot be named in court by their paid phone hacker - for legal reasons ? - yet another cover up ?.

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    Comment number 576.

    Welcome to the new transparent "we want you to tell us what you think about us" BBC. So interested in what we, who fund them, think they choose to continue with this dire nonsense of a HYS whilst completely ignoring things in the news that actually matter. The contempt for this arrogant organisation continues.

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    Comment number 575.

    It was disappointing that the Grammy organizers decided to make political statements about same sex marriage
    but that is the way liberal media works

    Next Grammys the political statement will probabaly be legalizing illegal immigration

    I was not very impressed with Daft Punk because they don't even sing

    But I loved the Metallica, NIN, Paul McC and Ringo performances
    which were awesome :)

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    Comment number 574.

    572. sieuarlu

    So your belief is that only things that are having a negative effect globally are worth reporting? Therefore meaning that the whole Entertainment & Arts section that this has been published in is meaningless and should not be reported?

    In other news: Why are your interests different to mine? You are obviously wrong because you're not saying the exact same the same things I do.


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