Grammys 2014: Daft Punk Get Lucky with five prizes
Story by Jack Foley
DAFT Punk emerged as the big winners at this year’s Grammys (2014), taking five prizes including album and record of the year.
The dance pioneers – aka Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – also won best pop duo/group performance for Get Lucky and best dance/electronica album for Random Access Memories.
The album was also named best engineered album, non-classical, which was credited to its engineers.
Appearing on stage in their trademark helmets to accept their prizes, the duo left the talking to their collaborators, which included Pharrell.
Other multiple award winners included hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who took four awards – best new artist plus best rap album, song and performance, while Justin Timberlake won three trophies.
Sir Paul McCartney was among the other double winners and also reunited with his Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr for Sir Paul’s song Queenie Eye during the ceremony.
He won his awards for best music film and best rock song for Cut Me Some Slack, a collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana.
New Zealand teenager Lorde picked up two prizes, including song of the year for Royals.
Further British success on the night came from Black Sabbath, who scooped best metal performance, and Led Zeppelin, who won best rock album for their live recording Celebration Day.
Adele also claimed the prize for best song written for visual media for her James Bond theme Skyfall, while Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie won best classical instrumental solo.
Jay-Z, who entered the ceremony with the most nominations (nine in total), won best rap/sung collaboration for Holy Grail, featuring Justin Timberlake – although he also was part of the best video award for Justin Timberlake’s Suit & Tie (on which he was guest vocalist).
Other high-profile live collaborations at the ceremony included Metallica performing with pianist Lang Lang and Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams being joined by Stevie Wonder to perform Get Lucky.
UK viewers can watch the awards on 4Music at 9pm on Monday, January 27, 2014.