The big winners at the 56th annual Grammy awards on Sunday night turned out to be couples as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Daft Punk took home four awards apiece and a few dozen people were married on stage.
The robot-uniformed French electronic duo Daft Punk bested Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to take home the album and record of the year. Pharrell Williams, who is featured in Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, delivered the thank you speech for the lanky performers that do not speak in costume, or at least can’t be heard.
"Well, I suppose the robots would like to thank…" said Williams, who won non-classical producer of the year. "You know honestly, I bet, France is really proud of these guys right now."
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won best new artist and received three awards in the rap field before the show began with best rap album for The Heist and best rap performance and best rap song for Thrift Shop. During their performance of Same Love, 33 couples were married on stage. Queen Latifah officiated the ceremony and Madonna joined the musical performance, while wearing an all-white pantsuit and cowboy hat.
Speaking to the press after the ceremony, Queen Latifah said: "To be able to do something special for people, to change someone's life is what I was able to do tonight. I took it very seriously, I didn't enter into it lightly. It's not about TV or ratings, this was something real for me."
Clutching their gongs after the show, rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis said they were overwhelmed by their achievement, the Press Association reported.
Lewis revealed his sister and her partner were among the couples who got married during the ceremony.
"You never think you are going to win a Grammy," he said. "It is that thing that is so distant, it's the pinnacle, it's the apex, to be able to celebrate same love. My sister getting married tonight was so personal, I still have chills now."
Macklemore said of the song: "It is a message of equality, tolerance and compassion to end homophobia, fear and hatred that has been an institution here in America.
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Lorde’s Royals won the song of the year and best pop solo performance, making the 17-year-old the third-youngest Grammy winner in history. LeAnn Rhymes and Luis Miguel hold the top two spots for the awards they won at age 14.
Beyonce and Jay Z opened the show with a performance of her new track Drunk In Love, off Beyonce’s self-titled album which was released without warning in December. The night’s other performances maintained the tradition of non-tradition as rapper Kendrick Lamar performed with alt-rockers Imagine Dragons, Robin Thicke sang alongside rock band Chicago and Stevie Wonder took the stage with electronic duo Daft Punk.
Aside from the rap category, the main genre winners went as expected. Daft Punk took home the best dance/electronica album award. Kacey Musgraves won best country album for her Same Trailer Different Park. Best rock album was awarded to the controversial nominee Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day, which was recorded at a 2007 concert.
Cyndi Lauper presented most of the awards at the pre-telecast ceremony in Los Angeles, including. The most recent James Bond Film, Skyfall, took home two awards for best score soundtrack and best song written for visual media. Gipsy Kings' Savor Flamenco tied with Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Live: Singing For Peace Around The World for the best world music album award.
LL Cool J hosted the show for the third consecutive time on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
"Random Access Memories" — Daft Punk
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Royals" — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Royals" — Lorde
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
"Unorthodox Jukebox" -- Bruno Mars
"Steppin' Out" -- Herb Alpert
"To Be Loved" -- Michael Bublé
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
"Clarity" -- Zedd Featuring Foxes
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
"Celebration Day" — Led Zeppelin
"God Is Dead?" -- Black Sabbath
"Cut Me Some Slack" -- Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
"Modern Vampires Of The City" -- Vampire Weekend
"Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
"Unapologetic" — Rihanna
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
"Please Come Home -- Gary Clark Jr.
"Pusher Love Girl" -- James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
"Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
"Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
"Thrift Shop" -- Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)
"Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves
"From This Valley" -- The Civil Wars
"Merry Go 'Round" -- Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
"Love's River" -- Laura Sullivan
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington
"Orbits" -- Wayne Shorter, soloist
"Liquid Spirit" -- Gregory Porter
"Night In Calisia" -- Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
"Song For Maura" -- Paquito D'Rivera And Trio Corrente
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett
"Break Every Chain [Live]" -- Tasha Cobbs
"If He Did It Before... Same God [Live]" -- Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)
"Overcomer" -- David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
"Overcomer" -- Mandisa
"Vida" -- Draco Rosa
"Treinta Días" -- La Santa Cecilia
"A Mi Manera" -- Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
"The Streets Of Baltimore" -- Del McCoury Band
"Get Up!" -- Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
"My Favorite Picture Of You" -- Guy Clark
"Dockside Sessions" -- Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
"Ziggy Marley In Concert" -- Ziggy Marley
"Savor Flamenco" -- Gipsy Kings
"Live: Singing For Peace Around The World" -- Ladysmith Black Mambazo
"Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well" -- Jennifer Gasoi
"America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't" -- Stephen Colbert
"Calm Down Gurrl" — Kathy Griffin
Sound City: Real To Reel
Skyfall -- Thomas Newman, composer
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall"-- Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra -- Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)
On Green Dolphin Street-- Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
Swing Low -- Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)
Long Night Moon -- Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition) -- Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)
Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded) -- Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965
The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums
Random Access Memories -- Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Daft Punk)
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) -- Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)
Live Kisses -- Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)
Winter Morning Walks -- David Frost, Brian Losch & Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 -- Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)
Adès: The Tempest
Pärt: Adam's Lament -- Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)
Roomful Of Teeth -- Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth
Corigliano: Conjurer - Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra -- Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)
Winter Morning Walks -- Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik -- Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks -- Maria Schneider, composer
Suit & Tie -- Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z (David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer)
Live Kisses -- Paul McCartney (Jonas Akerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers)