Los Angeles, Jan 27 (PTI) : French electronic music duo Daft Punk dominated the 56th annual Grammy awards with ‘Random Access Memories’ winning album of the year award while their hit track ‘Get Lucky’, featuring Pharrell Williams, walked away with best record of the year trophy.
“I suppose, the robots would like to thank… I bet France is really proud of these guys right now,” Williams said about his helmet-clad collaborators.
Late Pandit Ravi Shankar, who received a posthumous nomination for his album ‘The Living Room Sessions Part 2’ in the World Music section, missed the opportunity this year. He had won the award in the same category for the first part of the album. Shankar was also paid a tribute at the mega music award show last year.
Daft Punk, whose real names are Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, won album of the year for ‘Random Access Memories’, record of the year for ‘Get Lucky’, best pop duo/group performance and best dance/ electronica album and the best engineered album, non- classical category for ‘Random Access Memories’.
The highlight of the music gala, however, was not the dominion of the helmet-wearing artistes but several gay, straight and multi-racial weddings. Queen Latifah officiated the weddings and Madonna performed on best new artist winners Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s hit track ‘Same Love’.
The Seattle-based rapper duo won four awards, including best new artist, best rap album for ‘The Heist’, best rap song and best rap performance for ‘Thrift Shop’.
Songstress Lorde, the 17-year-old sensation from New Zealand, won two grammy awards: song of the year and best pop solo performance, both for ‘Royals’.
The music’s biggest night was kicked off with a scintillating performance by Beyonce and Jay Z. The couple selected a duet-track from Beyonce’s last album, ‘Drunk in Love’ for their performance.