Classic disco and independent hip hop both got highly rewarded Sunday night at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
But it was French electronic duo Daft Punk who were the evening’s biggest winners, picking up Best Album, Dance Album and Engineered Album for Random Access Memories.
“Back when I was drinking and using I used to imagine things that weren’t there and were frightening,” said veteran musician Paul Williams, one of RAM’s producers. “Then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album.”
Daft Punk also won Best Record and Best Pop Duo/Group performance for their summer anthem, Get Lucky, featuring Pharrell Williams and disco vet Nile Rodgers. The French DJ duo provided a stellar performance when they were joined by Stevie Wonder for a mash up of Get Lucky and Freak Out.
“Honestly, I bet France is really proud of these guys right now,” added Pharrell, wearing a much-talked about Canadian Mountie type-hat that quickly got its own twitter handle .
Williams also picked up an earlier award for Best Producer (non-classical).
Seattle hip hop act Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also picked up four trophies including best rap album for The Heist, best rap song and rap performance for Thrift Shop, and best new artist.
“We made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support,” said Macklemore, who real name is Ben Haggerty, upon winning the Best New Artist trophy.
The duo also had one of the most talked about performances of the Grammy show with their hit song, Same Love, featuring Mary Lambert, and later Madonna joining in with her Open Your Heart, that saw more than 30 different couples - same sex, straight, and bi-racial - getting married on TV with Queen Latifah officiating.
“As elegant and as classy as the Grammys have ever been was the moment when we saw those wonderful marriages,” said Williams.
New Zealand teenager Lorde (real name Ella Yelich O’ Connor), who wowed the Grammys broadcast with her live version of her breakthrough song, Royals, won the high profile Song of the Year trophy and Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance.
“Thank you to everyone who’s let the song explode, ‘cause it’s been mental,” she said, standing beside the song’s co-writer Joel Little.
Meanwhile, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Paul McCartney (sharing that honour with Ringo Starr and the other two late Beatles John Lennon and Georg Harrison), was another big winner, picking up Best Rock Song for Cut Me Some Slack with Dave Grohl and other former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, Best Music Film, and Best Surround Album for Live Kisses. His Wings Over America also won Best Boxed Package for its art directors.
“I have to say that we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Paul and for Ringo,” said Grohl beside Macca on the Grammys stage.
Justin Timberlake took home two Grammys for Best Music Video for Suit & Tie (featuring Jay-Z) and Best R&B song for Pusher Love Girl and then Jay Z returned the favour winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Holy Grail featuring Timberlake.
“Blue, look, Daddy won a gold sippy cup for you,” he joked to daughter Blue Ivy.
The couple earlier opened the Grammys broadcast with a sexy rendition of their duet, Drunk In Love.
Sadly, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ wins meant four Grammys losses for Toronto rapper Drake who was up for best rap album for Nothing was the Same, and best rap performance for Started From The Bottom, and best rap song for both Started From The Bottom, and his collab with ASAP on Rocky’s F--kin’ Problems.
Among the Canadian Grammy winners were Vancouver crooner Michael Buble, whose To Be Loved won best traditional pop vocal album and Vancouver-born, Montreal-based Jennifer Gasoi who won best children’s album of the year for Throw A Penny In the Wishing Well.
Heading into the 2014 Grammys, rap kingpin Jay Z led the field with nine nominations followed by L.A. rap newcomer Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Timberlake and Williams with seven.