As further evidence of EDM’s growing influence on popular music, a couple of robots (also known as Daft Punk) took the top honors at last night’s Grammy Awards show, winning “Album of the Year” for their record Random Access Memories.
In fact, the helmeted French duo took home no less than four Grammys, each time having one or more of their collaborators speak on their behalf. (It certainly must be difficult to talk through a helmet, after all.) Their collaborator on the single “Get Lucky,” producer Pharrell Williams, also won four Grammys, two of which were in tandem with Daft Punk.
As predicted, it was also a big night for rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who won Best New Artist and three of the four rap categories, and teen singer Lorde, who took home two Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Jay Z, who had led the pack with nine nominations, took home one: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Holy Grail” (ft. Justin Timberlake), the only rap category that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis didn’t snag.
As for performances and memorable moments—the one moment that is likely to have people talking for some time to come was the mass wedding ceremony held in the middle of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of their pro-gay marriage song “Same Love.” Thirty-three couples, a mix of gay and straight, were hitched on live television with Queen Latifah officiating, consequently making Madonna’s “surprise” appearance at the end of the song a bit anti-climactic.
A few other moments of note, starting with the best:
- Beyoncé’s steamy show opener of her song “Drunk In Love,” joined by husband Jay-Z.
- Pink’s aerialist performance while singing her song “Try” (a great visual performance, but no way was she singing for real during those acrobatics), followed by a meaningful duet with Nate Ruess on “Just Give Me a Reason” (during which Pink sang for real, ‘cause we could hear that she was out of breath after all those acrobatics).
- The Paul McCartney/Ringo Starr one-half-of-The-Beatles reunion was meaningful, but not one of Paul’s strongest perfomances. (Ringo’s earlier solo song was a lot of fun.)
- The blending of metal with classical piano with the Metallica/Lang Lang performance of “One.” Sort of freaky how well that worked.
- Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar turned in the performance of the night with their unlikely, high-energy mashup of “Radioactive” and “m.A.A.d. City.” Both are promising artists to watch in years to come.
And on the not-so-notable side:
- Taylor Swift likely giving herself whiplash from her out-of-place head-banging during her piano performance of “All Too Well.” (A little overdramatic, are we?)
- Pharrell Williams’ hat. (Obviously borrowed or stolen from Smoky the Bear.) Maybe he wanted to keep himself humble for his four Grammy wins?
- A well-intended but badly-executed finale with Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsey Buckingham and David Grohl. Bad audio made it a hot mess, and the producers cut the already-overtime telecast short in the middle of it, prompting Trent Reznor to offer some choice words via Twitter afterward.
The complete list of winners can be found here. Did your favorites win?