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At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominate

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore accept the award for best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore accept the award for best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Updated: 11:45 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES — Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams didn’t only get lucky — they won in every category they were nominated in at the Grammy Awards, including the coveted album of the year and record of the year for the funk-electronic anthem “Get Lucky.”

“Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there that were frightening. And then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album,” said producer Paul Williams, who stood onstage with Daft Punk, who sported their signature helmets.

Pink performs "Just Give Me a Reason" on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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Pink performs “Just Give Me a Reason” on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Paul McCartney, left, and Ringo Starr perform on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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Paul McCartney, left, and Ringo Starr perform on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Katy Perry performs "Dark Horse" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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Katy Perry performs “Dark Horse” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Beyonce, left, and Jay-Z perform "Drunk in Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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Beyonce, left, and Jay-Z perform “Drunk in Love” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)Pharrell Williams, second from left, and Daft Punk accept the award for record of the year at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

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Pharrell Williams, second from left, and Daft Punk accept the award for record of the year at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Lorde accepts the award for best pop solo performance for "Royals" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Lorde accepts the award for best pop solo performance for “Royals” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

The French duo won four awards, including best dance/electronica album for “Random Access Memories” and pop duo/group performance for “Get Lucky,” which earned Pharrell a trophy.

Daft Punk’s retro, dance-flavored album not only featured ultra-hip Pharrell, but it also included music veterans Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder. The 70s-sounding album matched the nostalgic mood of the Grammys, which featured many mellow performances and acts like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Chicago and Stevie Wonder.

Pharrell, like Daft Punk, won four honors. He came into the night with seven nominations, but competed with himself in three categories. Williams, who has produced hits for Britney Spears and Jay Z in the past, won his first Grammy for non-classical producer of the year.

While the men dominated, Lorde was the princess of the Grammys: Her hit “Royals” won song of the year and best pop solo performance.

“Thank you everyone who has let this song explode because it’s been mental,” she said.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tied Williams and Daft Punk with four wins. They won best new artist and rap album for “The Heist,” beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.

“Wow, we’re here on the stage right now,” said Macklemore, thanking fans first, then his fiancee and team. “I want to say we made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support.”

The duo performed the gay acceptance hit “Same Love,” and 33 same-sex and heterosexual couples got married in the middle in the performance as Queen Latifah officiated. Madonna joined in wearing an all-white suit and hat, and sang “Open Your Heart” and some of “Same Love” with Mary Lambert.

Keith Urban cried and Katy Perry caught a bouquet during the performance, where Lewis’ sister was among those tying the knot.

Macklemore & Lewis’ wins, which include best rap song and rap performance for “Thrift Shop,” came after the Grammy rap committee almost ousted the group from its categories. A source told The Associated Press that the rap committee rejected the duo, but that was later overruled by the general Grammy committee. The rap committee felt Macklemore & Lewis should qualify for the pop awards instead because of their massive success on Top 40 radio. The source, who attended the general Grammy meeting, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

Beyonce kicked off the Grammy Awards with a steamy and smoky performance of “Drunk In Love:” She started on a chair and then grinded in a revealing black outfit. Jay Z emerged in a fitted suit to rap his verse, and the couple — parents of little Blue Ivy — held hands and danced together.

Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, who left empty-handed, collaborated onstage to create an electrifying performance, as the acts sported all-white and went from rap song to rock song. Robin Thicke performed with Chicago, singing the group’s songs before going into “Blurred Lines,” which energized the crowd. Thicke finished the performance singing on the floor.

Perry sang “Dark Horse” in an eerie forest with fire that mirrored the song’s vibe, and John Legend and Taylor Swift — who whipped her head, and hair, back and forth — played pianos during their slow songs. Pink twirled in the air in her signature Cirque du Soleil-form.

Swift, who was nominated for album of the year, lost best country album in a surprise upset to rising singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves.

“Oh my goodness. Oh my god. I can’t even. I can’t even,” said a teary-eyed, but happy Musgraves, whose “Same Trailer Different Park” won the honor. “I got to make a record that I poured myself into and I’m so proud of.”

The singer also beat Swift for best country song and was nominated for new artist.

Justin Timberlake, who wasn’t up for any of the major awards but had seven nods, didn’t make an appearance at the awards show. He won three trophies, including best R&B song for “Pusher Love Girl” and music video for “Suit & Tie,” which also earned Jay Z a Grammy. Jay Z and Timberlake also won best rap/sung collaboration for “Holy Grail.”

“I want to thank God — I mean a little bit for this award — but mostly for all the universe for conspiring and putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life,” Jay Z said, looking at Beyonce. “I want to tell Blue that, look, ‘Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.’”

Bruno Mars, who will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show next week, won best pop vocal album with his sophomore release, “Unorthodox Jukebox.”

“Ma, I know you’re watching. I hope you’re smiling. I love you very much,” said Mars, remembering his mother, who passed away last year. Mars’ father attended the awards show.

Paul McCartney, engineer Bob Ludwig and gospel singer Tye Tribett were double winners. Imagine Dragons and Rihanna also picked up trophies.

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77 more reader comments:

  1. I wonder how much he paid for that suit… >.>

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:51am
  2. That's his grandpa's handy-downs

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:57am
  3. Then his grandpa must have been one smooth talking criminal.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:58am
  4. He’s ok

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:52am
  5. I freakin love the gays.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:53am
  6. THEY’RE OWNING IT!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:53am
  7. It’s one of seven so far where I’m watching

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:53am
  8. 3 down, 4 to go!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:54am
  9. love these guys

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:54am
  10. Go Macklemore!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:54am
  11. Did “Same Love” win everything?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:55am
  12. nice

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:55am
  13. Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:55am
  14. ’cause you know, us lgbtttiqpa people can’t speak for ourselves, we need heterosexual white men to do it for us ¬¬

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:55am
  15. They are called allies - and they are essential to the success of any movement toward equality.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:58am
  16. Profiting from our fight and taking credits that belong to many queer rappers of color who were speaking on equality way before these guys? Sure...

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:01am
  17. I'm okay with allies, but I'm not okay with them leading our fight and much less profiting from it. The de-politicization and de-radicalization of the LGBT- movements is a sad thing to witness.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:04am
  18. The civil rights movement would have been dead in the water were it not for our white allies many of which died right along side us.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:07am
  19. Again, I'm okay with allies, these are not allies. They're a couple of modernists making a buck from our fight. I may or may not agree with you on whether allies are indispensable, I do think the fight becomes easier when there are people who are privileged by the system on your side, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to do it ourselves.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:12am
  20. Meanwhile tumblrinas get butthurt because a white man did something

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:56am
  21. Not yet @ Elaini Young

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:56am
  22. The more people that speak for us, the better… doesn’t matter who they are!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:56am
  23. Don’t be picky about the supporters..

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:57am
  24. love!! <3

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:58am
  25. Love them!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:58am
  26. I know he’s an ally, but I think he’s a douche. I just don’t like the guy.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:59am
  27. Love them

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:59am
  28. Yay! You go Maclemore & Ryan Lewis!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:00am
  29. Right on Rachael Merry & Melissa Mashike! :)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:01am
  30. Proud to be gay with my female partner they good singers these guys

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:01am
  31. Amen. Even better our hetero counterparts help and support us!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:01am
  32. I haven’t seen it yet

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:01am
  33. Take your bitter self back in your hole. We don’t need the negativity. People like you give us a bad name.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:03am
  34. Really? Oh! capitalism and patriarchy, what have you done to these people!

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:01am
  35. Desteny Martinez

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:05am
  36. Their awesome!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:08am
  37. I’m on the west coast so I haven’t seen it yet but I’m glad to see they won!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:11am
  38. Congrats gorgeous Macklemore!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:12am
  39. The song sucked. The rap especially. The chorus was ok. Im sure they win a Grammy. Whatever.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:16am
  40. Same LOve rocks!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:17am
  41. I avoid the Grammys but I applaud this. Watching Blake Shelton and then going to bed.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:19am
  42. With that attitude, England would have been taken by the Nazis in a month. Allies are allies are allies. Newsflash: EVERYONE has selfishly ulterior motives for the things they do. Nothing new there. Hell ya, support LGBT artists, but the message doesn’t become muddy or less valid depending on the messenger. C’mon. We’re better than that.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:31am
  43. So the US and Russia had no ambitions whatsoever in Germany? It was all to help their allies? They left right after?

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:15am
  44. All I’ve managed to gather is that Devon Noved and Marifer Chávez are idiots. Perhaps you guys would rather nobody support lgbtq rights. You people disgust me. “But his privilege!!”. Shut the fuck up.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:32am
  45. Sure, because it was white men who started the gay rights liberation movement and not the stonewall riots. Our fight has become a fight for marriage, for being accepted into the system, when the system still systematically kills us, forces us to prostitution, ignores AIDS, does not give us equal opportunities, doesn't ensure our housing or social security.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:08am
  46. Wow, why does it have to be white men? So not only are you an idiot and an asshole, you're a racist that needs a specific group to blame his problems on. That's pretty fucking sad. AIDS sure as shit is not being ignored, and its not a problem limited to gays. Gays aren't the only people being forced into prostitution, and gays aren't the only people being systematically killed and aren't the only people who aren't ensured housing or social security. You are literally taking all of the world's problems and trying to make it just about gays and blaming it on white people. Holy. Fucking. Shit.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:17am
  47. You people need to get the fuck off Tumblr for a few days it seems.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:20am
  48. LGBTTTIQPA+ isn't only gays ...also, it's not "his"... also, privilege, you don't seem to understand it. I. DON'T. CARE. about heterosexual white men like these two. But I'm not okay with what they're doing, which I won't bother to explain again.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:25am
  49. Also, I don't use Tumblr.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:27am
  50. Ryan Lewis’s sister is getting married on stage and Macklemore’s uncle is gay. I’m sure he has a passion being an advocate.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:06am
  51. I cried.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:14am
  52. Time for gay marriage in Virginia

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:18am
  53. If your a supporter, my page could always use a few more fellow fans! :D Just nice to have somes likes on some things i post hehe . GO EQUAL RIGHTS!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:19am
  54. Can I get a link or is it on your page?

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:15am
  55. Hell yeah… Joshua Reece

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:20am
  56. Beautiful performance!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:20am
  57. who?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:24am
  58. Here’s something from a queer person for you to read: shut the hell up. You don’t speak the LGBTQ community, either. And, annoyingly, your voice certainly has not been silenced.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:29am
  59. I speak for me, you can speak for yourself, we can speak together, but we don't need a fucking messiah who's getting rich from all this, do we?

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:50am
  60. So what if they make money from this. There are haters out there that wouldnt even do it for billions. This man is great for his support.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:32am
  61. Marifer is PASSIONATE. I like that. Marifer just needs to work on her aim…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:33am
  62. I am staight but support the decision to marry/be with whomever it is that makes them happy! People need to stop being so concerned with what is happening in someone else’s home and worry about what is or is not happening in thier own.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:51am
  63. You DO know he has other songs, right? I don’t see Goodwill getting all riled up because he’s made money singing about not buying overpriced shit that everyone has just because you want to fit in when there’s perfectly good used Batman onesies to be had.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:53am
  64. A BIG THANK YOU to Mr. Macklemore for having the compassion for the LGBTQ family. We all love you!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:08am
  65. He is sure raking in the dough with this song

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:09am
  66. i have always love the band and now to know they have spoken out for us makes me cherish them even more

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:38am
  67. What happened to the 34th couple that was supposed to get married as well? Did they get cold feet?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:40am
  68. Sooo much respect! Without love for everyone there is no freedom!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:41am
  69. I <3 Ryan Lewis!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:03am
  70. I do not think Macklemore thought ” hey let’s write a song about gay rights and we will become rich ‘ and if the song bombed people would be bitching the other way . Who cares how much money he makes what is important the song is out there making history and hopefully bringing change to the world . He has one of the biggest platforms and using it for a positive message so I do not know why people have to hate

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:50am
  71. How beautiful and moving!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:23am
  72. This writer of this song.,such talent. So glad his uncle inspired him

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:31am
  73. Haters are gonna hate..people who are hating Benjamin macklemore can get in line with all the other bitches out there…. he is and inspiration for our generation. He over came fear and ridicule to write this song. He has changed the hip hop/pop culture … he is a huge supporter of OUR RIGHTS AS LGBT… yes so what if he’s making money FOR GODS SAKE SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE. your only bitching because u feel insecure so you have to go and say shit like u did so u can bring spotlight to your self….grow the fuck up.. at least he’s off his ass and doing so.etching for EQUAL RIGHTS. I mean before this song came out… I was bullied and teased and harassed and assaulted for being an Openly Gay 18yro Male in Kansas at Wamego High in KS….. but wen this came out it was being played during passing period ….a lot more people were being kind and nice and excepting of me…but it wouldnt have been possible with out macklemores song.. so grow the fuck up . Quit ur bitching.. and stop your hate

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:57am
  74. Sweet

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:52am
  75. I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:17pm
  76. These two were pitch perfect.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:19pm
  77. :) I love them

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:01pm