If you've been paying any attention to the music industry lately, last night's Grammy awards held few surprises. Here are the highlights.
In what has to have been the most lively Grammy Awards ceremony in years, Daft Punk predictably went home with the top honors. The perennially silent robots won both Album of the Year for their Random Access Memories and Song of the Year, for the Pharell Williams collaboration Get Lucky. Taking the stage to accept the first award, the ever theatrically minded Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter kept mum, while collaborator and two-time Grammy award winner Paul Williams spoke for them. Opting for the classic “start with a joke” advice, Williams said: “Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there… and then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album.”
The robots looked sharp on the red carpet - as sharp as anyone can, while wearing a blacked out helmet, that is.
Williams also expressed the robots’ pleasure at witnessing 33 same sex couples get married onstage to the tune of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Same Love earlier in the night: “All that love is fantastic.”
It was a great night for newcomers as well, with 16-year-old New Zealander Lorde taking home the Song of the Year award for her anti-materialistic anthem Royals, which she worked on with songwriting partner Joel Little just to see if the song could attract people’s attention. “We made this song originally to give it away for free,” Little said after they took the stage at Staples Center to collect the songwriting award that Royals won over nominated works by Bruno Mars, Pink and Nate Ruess, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Lewis. “To be here now in this room with so many legends and people whose work I admire is an honor.”
17-year-old Lorde thanked her fellow nominees for their influence, as well as her collaborator.
Lorde, the stage name of 17-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Ella Yelich O’Connor, said: “I probably wouldn’t be here if Joel wasn’t here. This guy has nurtured me through kind of my first year of songwriting, which I will forever owe him. Thank you everyone who has let this song explode, because it’s been mental.”
She also took home the award for pop solo performance, topping the likes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Sara Bareilles. Lorde wasn’t the only debut act to win big at the Grammys either. Besides the touching display set to Same Love, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis themselves took the stage to collect a total of four awards – a win for Best New Artist, as well as three rap categories.
As predicted, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swept the rap categories.