Sunday night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles rewarded robots and newcomers, and recognised marriage equality.
French dance robot duo Daft Punk scored the double win of album of the year for “Random Access Memories,” and record of the year with the summer dance hit “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
It was impossible to know what the two masked musicians thought about their big win though, because they choose not to speak as part of their act.
Seventeen-year-old New Zealander Lorde will be making room on her mantlepiece for the song of the year Grammy for her breakout hit “Royals,” sharing the award for songwriters with Joel Little.
The Recording Academy anointed Seattle-based rapper-producer newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with the Grammy for best new artist. They also swept the rap awards and, in a first for the Grammys, 33 couples – both same and opposite-sex – were married in a mass wedding to the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis gay rights anthem, “Same Love,” giving the awards show a heavyweight emotional and political punch.
The music industry’s glamorous gathering also saw the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, come together for a rare joint performance.