French dance music producers Daft Punk won Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and Record of the Year for their hit “Get Lucky” at the 56th annual Grammy awards on Sunday night. In a ceremony heavy on collaborative performances (Robin Thicke with Chicago, Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons and Metallica with Lang Lang were a few of the more random pairings) and light on surprise, no single artist dominated.
Daft Punk, whose last album, Human After All, came out in 2005, won four awards in all, including Best Dance/Electronic Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The two musicians behind the group, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, appeared behind their trademark “robot” helmets and didn’t speak a word into a microphone all night, letting their collaborators, including the two performers featured on “Get Lucky,” Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, accept awards on their behalf. (Random Access Memories won a fifth award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical)
Williams, who acted as Daft Punk’s main spokesman for most of the night, was nominated for seven awards, and won four, including Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. The three he lost (for producing Robin Thicke’s Record and Pop Duo/Group nominee, “Blurred Lines” and Kendrick Lamar’s Album nominee, good kid m.A.A.d city) were also awards he won.
The chart-topping Seattle-based hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also won four Grammys, including Best New Artist and three rap awards. New Zealand’s Lorde won the other major award, Song of the Year, as well as Best Pop Solo Performance, for “Royals,” which dominated the singles chart for two months in the fall.
Other multiple award winners included country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, R&B and rap collaborators Justin Timberlake and Jay Z and classical composer Maria Schneider.