2014 Grammys: Daft Punk wins big while Kendrick Lamar steals the show
After 56 years the Grammys has gotten pretty predictable – Rihanna or J.Lo kill the red carpet, Best New Artist goes to someone nobody knows, and the hip-hop awards don’t get televised. Maybe the Grammys figured out we know their formula and tried to switch things up. Neither Rih-Rih or J. Lo made red carpet appearances, Macklemore predictably took home Best New Artist but the hip-hop awards still didn’t get televised. So just what did you miss?
Beyonce opened the show with a live performance of “Drunk In Love” from her surprise self-titled. Donning wet hair and a cut out black bodysuit, Bey performed a burlesque inspired solo performance on a chair only to be joined by hubby Jay Z who performed his rap, and yes she served an extra helping of “Surfboard” at the end.
Bey wasn’t the only hot mama to to take the stage. Pink re-did her acrobatic American Music Awards performance of “Try”, before Fun’s Nate Ruess joined her onstage for their “Just Give Me a Reason” duet.
There were only a few solo performances last night – Lorde sang her Best Pop/Solo Performance and Song of the Year winning tune “Royals”; and Best Country Album winner Kacey Musgraves showed off her chops. Though decent, many of the night’s performances were somewhat forgettable. Most except a surprise performance from seven time nominee Kendrick Lamar and Best Rock Performance winners Imagine Dragons.
In what initially seemed like the oddest pairing of the evening, Imagine Dragons took the stage with Kendrick Lamar to do a remix to “Radioactive”. No one anticipated that this group would rock the stage like they did but Kendrick’s passionate rhymes over Imagine Dragons intense rhythms showed the Grammys why they messed up by not even giving K Dot even ONE of the seven Grammys for which he was nominated.
If Kendrick Lamar didn’t take home any of those awards who did? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis of course. The rapper/producer duo walked away with a total of four awards in the Best Rap Album, Best New Artist, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance categories. After claiming their awards Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took to the stage to perform “Same Love” with Mary Lambert and Madonna as Queen Latifah officiated 33 marriages. How many people can say Beyonce performed at their wedding?
So Kendrick and Imagine Dragons stole the show, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stole four out offive awards from K Dot, but who else won big? Despite most of the top nominees being hip-hop acts top honors went to Daft Punk . The French electronic music duo took home all five of their nominations in the Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album (Non-classical). Pharell Williams came close behind, tying Macklemore for second place with four awards in the Producer of the Year, Album of the Year (Random Access Memories), Record of the Year (Get Lucky) and Best Pop/Duo Group Performance categories.
Despite being nominated for nine awards – more than any other nominee this year – Jay Z took home only two for Best Music Video (Suit & Tie) and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Holy Grail) for his collaborations with Justin Timberlake. In addition to these two awards, JT also won Best R&B Song for “Pusher Love Girl”.
The 56th annual Grammy awards took place January 26 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.