Sun., 11:50 pm: At Grammys, Grohl, Daft Punk, Lorde, Macklemore among winners
LOS ANGELES – Daft Punk has gotten lucky at the Grammys.
Minutes ago, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” won the Grammy for album of the year.
The French electronic duo also won record of the year at the awards show, beating hits like “Blurred Lines” and “Royals.” The song features Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Daft Punk, who wear helmets in public, also picked up honors for best dance/electronica album for “Random Access Memories” and pop duo/group performance.
“Well, I suppose the robots would like to thank….” joked Williams, who won non-classical producer of the year. “You know honestly, I bet, France is really proud of these guys right now.”
Warren native Dave Grohl won took home two Grammys, one for Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” with his collaborators Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. The song comes from the “Sound City: Real to Reel” soundtrack, which won earlier in the day for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Lorde’s popular hit won record of the year and best pop solo performance.
“Thank you everyone who has let this song explode because it’s been mental,” she said.
Lorde and Daft Punk are still behind Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who won four Grammy Awards so far today, including best new artist and rap album for “The Heist,” beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.
“Wow, we’re here on the stage right now,” said Macklemore, thanking fans first, then his fiancee and team. “I want to say we made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support.”
Taylor Swift lost best country album in a surprise upset to rising singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves.
“Oh my goodness. Oh my god. I can’t even. I can’t even,” said a teary-eyed, but happy Musgraves, whose “Same Trailer Different Park” won the honor. “I got to make a record that I poured myself into and I’m so proud of.”
The singer also beat Swift for best country song and was nominated for new artist.
Macklemore & Lewis’ wins, which include best rap song and rap performance for “Thrift Shop,” come after the Grammy rap committee almost ousted the group from its categories. A source told The Associated Press that the rap committee rejected the duo, but that was later overruled by the general Grammy committee. The rap committee felt Macklemore & Lewis should qualify for the pop awards instead because of their massive success on Top 40 radio. The source, who attended the general Grammy meeting, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.
Macklemore & Lewis are also nominated for album of the year.
Justin Timberlake, who wasn’t up for any of the major awards, won three trophies, including best R&B song for “Pusher Love Girl” and music video for “Suit & Tie,” which also earned Jay Z a Grammy. Jay Z and Timberlake also won best rap/sung collaboration for “Holy Grail.”
“I want to thank God – I mean a little bit for this award – but mostly for all the universe for conspiring and putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life,” Jay Z said, looking at Beyonce. “I want to tell Blue that, look, ‘Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.'”
Like Macklemore & Lewis, Lamar is nominated for album of the year, marking a high note for hip-hop. Outkast and Lauryn Hill are the only two rap performers to win the coveted album of the year; Hill and Arrested Development are the only rap-based stars to take home best new artist.
A rapper has never won song or record of the year.