Monday, 27 January 2014


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.
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.


Album Of The Year:
"Random Access Memories" — Daft Punk
Record Of The Year:
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Song Of The Year:
"Royals" — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
Best New Artist:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Pop Solo Performance:
"Royals" — Lorde  
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
"Get Lucky" — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Vocal Album:
"Unorthodox Jukebox" -- Bruno Mars
Best Pop Instrumental Album:
"Steppin' Out" -- Herb Alpert
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
"To Be Loved" -- Michael Bublé
Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Best Dance Recording
"Clarity" -- Zedd Featuring Foxes
Best Rock Performance:
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
Best Rock Album:
"Celebration Day" — Led Zeppelin
Best Metal Performance
"God Is Dead?" -- Black Sabbath
Best Rock Song
"Cut Me Some Slack" -- Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Best Alternative Music Album
"Modern Vampires Of The City" -- Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance:
"Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway 
Best Urban Contemporary Album:
"Unapologetic" — Rihanna
Best R&B Album:
Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Please Come Home -- Gary Clark Jr.
Best R&B Song (A Songwriters Award)
"Pusher Love Girl" -- James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
Best Rap Performance:
"Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
"Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake  
Best Rap Album:
The Heist — Macklemore  & Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Song
"Thrift Shop" -- Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)
Best Country Solo Performance:
"Wagon Wheel" — Darius Rucker
Best Country Album:
Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"From This Valley" -- The Civil Wars
Best Country Song (A Songwriters Award)
"Merry Go 'Round" -- Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Best New Age Album
"Love's River" -- Laura Sullivan
Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
"Orbits" -- Wayne Shorter, soloist
Best Jazz Vocal Album
"Liquid Spirit" -- Gregory Porter
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
"Night In Calisia" -- Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
Best Latin Jazz Album
"Song For Maura" -- Paquito D'Rivera And Trio Corrente
Best Gospel Album:
Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
"Break Every Chain [Live]" -- Tasha Cobbs
Best Gospel Song
"If He Did It Before... Same God [Live]" -- Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
"Overcomer" -- David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
"Overcomer" -- Mandisa
Best Latin Pop Album
"Vida" -- Draco Rosa
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
"Treinta Días" -- La Santa Cecilia
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
"A Mi Manera" -- Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
Best Tropical Latin Album:
Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Best Americana Album:
Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Best Bluegrass Album
"The Streets Of Baltimore" -- Del McCoury Band
Best Blues Album
"Get Up!" -- Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Best Folk Album
"My Favorite Picture Of You" -- Guy Clark
Best Regional Roots Music Album
"Dockside Sessions" -- Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Best Reggae Album
"Ziggy Marley In Concert" -- Ziggy Marley
Best World Music Album (tie)
"Savor Flamenco" -- Gipsy Kings
"Live: Singing For Peace Around The World" -- Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Best Children's Album
"Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well" -- Jennifer Gasoi
Best Spoken Word Album
"America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't" -- Stephen Colbert
Best Comedy Album:
"Calm Down Gurrl" — Kathy Griffin
Best Musical Theater Album
"Kinky Boots"
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Sound City: Real To Reel
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Skyfall -- Thomas Newman, composer
Best Song Written For Visual Media
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall"-- Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
Best Instrumental Composition
Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra -- Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)
Best Instrumental Arrangement
On Green Dolphin Street-- Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Swing Low -- Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)
Best Recording Package
Long Night Moon -- Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition) -- Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)
Best Album Notes
Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded) -- Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
Best Historical Album (tie)
Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965
The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums
PRODUCTION, Non-Classical
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Random Access Memories -- Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Daft Punk)
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Pharrell Williams
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) -- Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)
Best Surround Sound Album
Live Kisses -- Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)
Best Engineered Album, Classical
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)
Producer Of The Year, Classical
David Frost
Best Orchestral Performance
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 -- Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)
Best Opera Recording
Adès: The Tempest
Best Choral Performance
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)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Roomful Of Teeth -- Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth
Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Corigliano: Conjurer - Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra -- Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)
Best Classical Vocal Solo
Winter Morning Walks -- Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
 Best Classical Compendium
Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik -- Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks -- Maria Schneider, composer 
Best Music Video
Suit & Tie -- Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z (David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer)
Best Music Film
Live Kisses -- Paul McCartney (Jonas Akerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers)

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