Posted in music on January 26, 2014

Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers; Beyonce w/ Close Captions on (via @BrooklynVegan)
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Daft Punk just cleaned up at the 56th Grammy Awards winning five awards (everything they were nominated for) including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," plus Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album (beating Disclosure), plus Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Daft Punk's much-hyped live performance with Pharrell (whose hat has joined twitter), Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder didn't have the French duo doing that much themselves but the "Get Lucky" performance worked in Chic's "Le Freak," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Wonder's "Another Star." Steven Tyler, who later joined an equally le freaky looking Smokey Robinson on stage to give Daft Punk one of their awards, was dancing up a storm.

Lorde, who performed early in the telecast, won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (beating Justin Timberlake and others) for "Royals."

Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Album, beating out records by The National, Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case, and Tame Impala.

Other winners: Led Zeppelin won for Best Rock Album (wait whaaa?) for Celebration Day (beating Bowie, Neil Young, QOTSA and Black Sabbath); Black Sabbath's "God is Dead?" won Best Metal Performance and the band also introduced Ringo Starr's performance, with Ozzy saying something along these lines.

Another win that definitely reminded us it's 2014 came when Paul McCartney took Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with Dave Grohl. The song is from Grohl's Sound City documentary, which also won for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Paul performed with Ringo Starr (who also performed on his own), and also won for Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package for "Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition)." Grohl performed with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham during the closing performance... which was cut short on TV. We definitely weren't happy about that, and neither was Trent Reznor.

Gary Clark Jr (who performed with Keith Urban) won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Please Come Home"; and Knitting Factory Records was nominated twice in the Best World Music Album category and won for Gipsy Kings.

Meanwhile, it was also the Year of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, having won Best New Artist (beating James Blake, Kendrick and others), Best Rap Performance (beating Kendrick, Jay Z and others), Best Rap Song (beating Kanye, Jay Z and others), and Best Rap Album (beating Kendrick, Kanye, Eminem and Jay Z). Their live performance of "Same Love" featured Madonna and 33 couples of gay, straight and of mixed ethnic backgrounds getting married, as officiated by Queen Latifah.

Rap awards Macklemore didn't win: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration which went to Jay Z & Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail." Justin Timberlake (who also won Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl") wasn't there to accept the award, but Jay Z gave a speech that included him saying, "I wanna tell Blue Ivy, look, daddy has a gold sippy cup for you!" Jay also kicked off the performances for the evening with his wife Beyonce, who played "Drunk In Love" (see screenshot from that performance above).

Kendrick Lamar didn't have much luck winning (neither did Kanye which should hopefully make for a good rant soon), but he did well performing live despite being paired with Imagine Dragons.

Performances also included a collaboration from country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson (and Blake Shelton) doing a medley of hits.

The commercials were filled with music as well. One very notable example of that was the Pepsi Grammys Halftime commercial which had athletes playing the music and acting like Daft Punk, Kanye, Miley Cyrus and more. Sonos also debuted a commercial featuring a clip of Karen O covering Bob Marley, which we premiered the full song of earlier in the day.

Winners list can be found here. Video of Beyonce/Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Paul/Ringo, Metallica/Lang Lang, Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham, and Daft Punk performances below...

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Daft Punk, Pharrell & Stevie Wonder (via Mr. World Premiere)

Beyonce & Jay Z - "Drunk in Love" @ Grammys

Kendrick Lamar w/ Imagine Drinks - "m.A.A.d city"

Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

Metallica & Lang Lang - "One"

QOTSA, NIN, Dave Grohl & Lindsey Buckingham

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Comments (76)

beyonce and jz were vegans for 22 days

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 8:59 PM

Where will Daft Punk play in nyc?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 9:01 PM

I Hate Music

Posted by Superchunk(!) | January 26, 2014 9:04 PM

God I wish Led Zeppelin would tour again, never going to happen but a fan can dream.

Posted by Andrew | January 26, 2014 9:17 PM

I'd rather get a time machine and see Led Zeppelin in 1975.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 9:22 PM

more close ups of Beyonce's upper thighs and hips

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 9:52 PM

If you're under the age of 52 and watch this you're a bonafide retard.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 9:56 PM

good to see the rap awards going to a culture vulture. for a second, I thought black people would actually be allowed to be rewarded for their own culture.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 10:20 PM

10:25, for the record....!!! (ha!)

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 10:25 PM

There is no black America or white America 10:20, only United States Of America. Take your race baiting somewhere else.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 10:32 PM

If you feel the need to make a statement like the one @9:56 you're a bonafide retard

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 10:35 PM

Shutup, 10:20.
By your logic, why give any music awards to white people at all? Wasn't rock n' roll invented by black people too?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 10:47 PM

I'm glad Macklemore beat Kanye.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 10:51 PM

I agree with 9:52
I would like to see more of B's coochi

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 10:51 PM

Music historians say that black people invented hip hop or blues, but white people always took things to the next level, such as Elvis or Beastie Boys. Name one hip hop album that tops Paul's Boutique in terms of music/lyrics. You can't. At the time of their release Elvis's Sun recordings were the pinnacle as far as blues/rock were concerned.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 11:06 PM

Haha daft punk, the most wanted live act in the world, standing on stage pretending to push a couple buttons

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 11:09 PM

I'd just like to point out that Queens of the Stone Age are playing with Dave Grohl tonight at the Grammys.

God, Josh Homme is such a bad ass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 11:16 PM

11:06 AGREE!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 11:18 PM

how many awards did speedy ortiz win?

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 11:36 PM

11:36, the same number as Kanye. ZERO.

Posted by Anonymous | January 26, 2014 11:45 PM

***** No Grammy for OutKast? I'm going to start a tumblr about this travesty!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 12:08 AM

10:20 "culture" is a myth.... a fabrication... come to terms with this, buddy. Most of those white beatniks pre-date hip hop by decades. But I guess now Maklemore is the culture vulture hey? Sounds more like a comment from some lame bedroom producer who's "trynna makeit in tha game." Good luck with that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:03 AM

10:20 HIp hop music is a vulture. Talking drug deals and misogyny over samples of music you can't comprehend let alone play? Disgusting vultures.

Posted by Magda K. | January 27, 2014 1:08 AM

God save any genre that claims Beastie Boys as a pinnacle, let alone participant.

Paul's Boutique easily most overrated album of all time. Listen again & look yourself in the mirror, posers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:14 AM

KoRn Rulez. Dey got snubbed, yo

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:14 AM

i watched about 15 minutes of the grammys and now I think I am gAY.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:26 AM

To Korn's credit, they did start a new genre: Nu Metal—they deserve respect for that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:28 AM

1106 PE's A Nation Of Millions blows it away. Elvis's Sun recordings were not blues. Go back and learn some history.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 4:19 AM

Kanye is not happy.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 4:21 AM

917 Why? They're too old.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 4:22 AM

I'm not sure if this is relevant, but hummus is equally enjoyed by both black and white people.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 4:55 AM

>4:19 NO! NO! NO!: Chuck D himself said that Paul's Boutique was vastly superior to A Nation of Millions: "in a VIBE interview, Chuck D of Public Enemy was quoted as saying that the "dirty secret" among the black hip-hop community at the time of release was that "Paul's Boutique had the best beats."

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 5:30 AM

>ALSO 4:19 I'm well aware that many do not consider Elvis's Sun recordings blues. There is debate about this because these recordings are Elvis TRANSFORMING the stale Blues genre into what we now now of as ROCK AND ROLL. I know my history. It seems that you've been watching too much Flava of Love.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 5:36 AM

Nothing for Katie Perry? No justice, no peace in Obama's America.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 6:33 AM

The "culture vulture", as you put it, achieved massive success without the support of a major label, without having to guest on someone else's record to gain familiarity, without being repped by Kanye or Weezy, without acting like a thug to attain street cred. He just made a good pop record, plain and simple.
And even more props to him for calling out the hiphop community for being anti-gay, and props for having the balls to diss Jimmy Iovine (one of the most powerful people in the industry) on record.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 6:42 AM

the BV demographic is vividly on display here.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 7:39 AM

leave it to a bunch of brooklyn gentrifiers to claim there's no such thing as a culture to steal in the first place...

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 7:49 AM

who do you think did a better job of advancing hip-hop to the next level, Yelawolf, Vanilla Ice, Brian Austin Green, or Machine Gun Kelley?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 7:54 AM

Ironman>Only Built 4 Cuban Linx>Liquid Swords>>>>>>Paul's Boutique

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 8:14 AM

Daft Punk are the Jerry Lewis of pop music

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 8:28 AM

The Grammys: still giving out awards to musicians who were around when they were relevant.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 8:56 AM

8:14 WU-TANG? Is yall serious? Hip Hop is my life, but we all know Wu tang FELL OFF HARD and ain't nothing can fix that broke legacy. RZA was a straight biter, all those beats were pre programmed with a few samples tossed on top. Wu were pitiful rappers. When the Rza tossed em aside like trash, look what happened? They end up collabin with Limp Bizkit!! And yall talkin like Wu Tang be classix? Get Schooled Son! IMO Schooly D is the originator of All Yall!

Posted by Wasson T. | January 27, 2014 8:58 AM

7:49 : your culture is an empty potato chip bag blowing across a basketball court.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:01 AM

^ Organic sea salt potato chips.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:02 AM

4:19 WTF?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:04 AM

9:56 for the win! Anyone who watched or cared about this show already lost.

7:49 the dude defending Macklemore and insisting "white people take things to the next level" is not a Brooklyn gentrifier, I'm pretty sure he's one of the outer outer borough, conservative douchebags that troll this comment section. Know who to hate, here at Brooklyn Vegan!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:07 AM

For the record, I defended Macklemore at 6:42, but I am not the person who said that white people take things to the next level. I defended Macklemore based on the fact that he achieved success despite the odds being against him (ie. not having major label support, not having urban radio support, not having hiphop community support, not having hipster/Pitchfork support).

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:25 AM

9:07 is one of those deluded fascists that want to tell you what to think. What a tool!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:30 AM

907 You can tell where someone lives from their comment? Truly amazing!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:32 AM

This whole idea of ranking music - - who is better than who - - is a waste of time. Music is art and art is subjective. Paul's Boutique is an amazing album as are many of the hip hop albums released by other artists. There's no need to rank them - - just enjoy listening to them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:34 AM

530 I really don't care what Chuck D said in some magazine. NOM is a much better album especially lyrically. As for Flava of Love, I've never seen it and am not even sure what it is. And blues was never a stale genre. Maybe white people just didn't get it. Elvis' music was more country than blues.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:37 AM

I love Paul's Boutique. I love It Takes A Nation Of Millions. I appreciate Elvis but love the contemporaneous Chess sides (Muddy, Howlin Wolf, etc.). It's American music, with contributions from all races. Bringing race into this discussion is symptomatic of the degradation of the culture and society over the last bunch of years, and it just disgusts me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:37 AM

kanye is pissed because his baby is UGLY

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:45 AM

Google Flava of Love. But I warn you: if you do you will never be able to take Public Enemy seriously ever again.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 9:57 AM

kanye is pissed because kim got tagged by ray j first and the whole world has seen it

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 10:16 AM

shut this thread down its done

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 10:22 AM

yay, two button pushing robot frenchman and an overrated douche in a stupid hat won a bunch of trinkets! music is saved!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 10:32 AM

^lol magic powers not working?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 10:32 AM

What time did they go on?

I think 1025 nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 10:37 AM

I'm going to start giving myself high-5s seeing that everyone else on this site is self referential

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 10:44 AM

Just as an example of what a joke the Grammy's are -- Best rock song category was Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, 2/3 of Nirvana w/ Sir Paul, Muse, Gary Clark Jr. and Imagine Dragons.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 11:16 AM

11:06 pm, aka idiot/troll who said white people take things to the next level probably likes to point out that the NBA logo is modeled on Jerry West's silhouette.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 11:20 AM

Oshin by The Dive shoulda won best alt album! They sold out 285 once!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 11:21 AM

PINK IS THE SHIT.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 11:56 AM

Wait, someone believes that Imagine Dragons are rock?

What kind of world has Barack Obama created?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 12:26 PM

Where is D when you need him?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 12:31 PM

No mention of Snarky Puppy? A Brooklyn band? That won a grammy?

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 1:05 PM

Your My Boy Blue!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 2:12 PM

11:56 - Agreed! Seriously...the chick had no safety net. One miscalculation or muscle failure and she falls and splatters all over a few celebs and record industry big wigs. Can't believe they keep letting her do that aerial routine.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 2:41 PM

Mackelmore turned their backs on hardcore, and this shit happens!

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 2:45 PM

Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 3:15 PM

8:50 I agree about Wu Tang. Esp method man he was my fav rapper when i was younger then he just became a parody with all those lame stoner movies.

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2014 4:30 PM

937 am Yeah u right!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2014 12:38 AM

It's all hummus. The entire show was hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2014 4:14 AM

there's something lazy about doing electronic music with auto-tuned voices.

Posted by Hynes | February 24, 2014 5:30 AM

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