Grammy Awards: Daft Punk, Jay Z, Beyonce, Lorde star


Daft Punk

Dance duo Daft Punk were the big winners at the 56th Grammy Awards, taking home five prizes including album and record of the year.

A total of 82 prizes were given out to acts from across the world of music.

Artists from the world of pop, rap and rock were among the nominations, which were led by rapper Jay Z after he was named in nine categories.

Here are some of the highlights from the ceremony at LA's Staples centre.

Beyonce and Jay Z got things started

Beyonce and Jay Z

Seventeen-time Grammy winner Beyonce opened the ceremony with a performance of Drunk In Love and was joined on stage by her husband Jay Z.

The rapper picked up best rap/sung collaboration and best music video for Holy Grail, which features Justin Timberlake.

Sixty-six people got married

Thirty three gay and straight couples were married simultaneously

Thirty-three gay and straight couples were married simultaneously during a live performance of Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah joined them on stage during the song.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

The hip-hop duo took home four awards for best new artist as well as best rap album, song and performance.

Daft Punk were everywhere

Nile Rogers, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk on stage at the Grammys

As well as being the night's biggest winners the French producers, whose real names are Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, also performed Get Lucky with Nile Rodgers, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell Williams.

Pharrell, who features on Get Lucky, won producer of the year.

The Beatles performed - well, half of them did

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on stage for a special performance.

The former Beatles members played Sir Paul's song Queenie Eye to a crowd which included John Lennon's former wife Yoko Ono.

Sir Paul McCartney also shared the prize for best rock song with the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl for Cut Me Some Slack.

LL Cool J hosted for the third time

LL Cool J

This is the third year in a row the rapper has hosted the ceremony.

He has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards in his career and has won twice, in 1992 and 1997 for best rap solo performance.

Justin Timberlake and Lorde both had a good night


Justin Timberlake won three awards, while New Zealand teenager Lorde took two including song of the year for Royals.

The 17-year-old also performed the track at the ceremony.

Imagine Dragons covered themselves in red powder

Imagine Dragons

The rock band teamed up with Kendrick Lemar for a mash-up of their single Radioactive and Lamar's m.A.A.d City.

Their track won the best rock performance award and the band headed to the press room without getting changed.

The Brits missed out on a few awards

Calvin Harris
Image caption Calvin Harris was nominated for two awards

Adele added to her Grammy tally by winning the prize for best song written for visual media for her James Bond theme Skyfall.

British DJ Calvin Harris was up for best dance/electronica album for 18 Months and best dance recording for Sweet Nothing with Florence Welch, but lost out on both.

UK acts Duke Dumont and Disclosure were also unsuccessful nominees in the dance categories.

Full list of nominees and winners is on the Grammys website.

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