By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Everyone’s favorite pair of robotic DJs, Daft Punk, scored top honors at the 56th Grammy Awards this year. The digital wizardry of their Random Access Memories took down the competition for Album of the Year, beating Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sara Bareilles, and Taylor Swift.
Beneath the iconic helmets, Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Home were ecstatic during the victory, but the wordless and often camera shy duo didn’t give any rousing speeches. The DJs also landed Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Get Lucky”, which they performed in an epic collaboration on-stage with the smooth vocals of Pharell Williams and Stevie Wonder’s fast fingers blazing across the ivory keys. They let Williams handle the thank you, as he jested, “I suppose the robots would like to thank… Ultimately, I bet France is really proud of these guys right now.”
Macklemore & Ryan tied Daft Punk for awards totals, racking up four big ones. After landing Best New Artist over Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, and James Blake, Macklemore humbly gave thanks in the “Thrift Shop” swagger of a green tuxedo. “Hoooo. Wow, we’re here on the stage right now,” he said. “First and foremost, I want to thank our fans, the people that got us on this stage, before there was any media, before there was any buzz about us, before there was a story there were our fans and it spread organically through them, so without them there would be no us.”
Lorde’s “Royals” won Best Pop Solo Performance, and the 17-year-old delivered a very artsy rendition of the queenly anti-cool anthem as her hands swam through the air like hypnotized fish. In a much more down to earth moment, Bruno Mars got teary-eyed while accepting Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox, saying, “Ma, I know you’re watching; I hope you’re smiling. I love you very much.”
Taylor Swift left empty-handed, but not before flipping out with some neck-snapping piano playing. Her hair tosses were a bit over the top, but not nearly as much as Madonna’s silly white cowgirl outfit. Other eyebrow-raising theatrics included Pink’s circus-like acrobatics and the noisy mess produced by Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar.
Featured image courtesy of The Grammys Facebook. Image of Lorde courtesy of Lorde Twitter.