Daft Punk wins first Grammy award of the night as Katy Perry goes ‘Dark’ and Pink flies high

Beyoncé and Jay Z open Grammys with hot performance

Daft Punk and Pharrell grabbed the first presented award of the night for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Get Lucky.” Of course, Pharrell, who was up for Producer of the Year, spoke for the helmet wearing robots. 

Hot pop star Katy Perry took the Grammy stage for a wicked performance of “Dark Horse” alongside rapper Juicy J.

Robin Thicke, with gold microphone in hand, performed the undisputed song of the year “Blurred Lines.” Chicago joined Thicke and jazzed things up for the musical spectacle. Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr. capped things off for the first hour of the Grammys with “Cop Car."

John Legend soothed into the second quarter of the evening for “All of Me,” a ballad written for his wife, Chrissy Teigen. Philly’s own Kevin Hart and Charlie Wilson presented Best Rock Song, with the honor going to Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl for “Cut Me Some Slack.” 

Taylor Swift, who was up for Album of the Year, delivered an emotional piano-driven performance for “All Too Well.” Doylestown pop star Pink decided to hit the air instead of the stage for a Cirque-inspired act and was later joined by fun. frontman Nate Ruess.

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Lorde grabbed the honor for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals.” The first time award winner was grateful enough to give thanks to her fellow nominees and gushed about how much of an inspiration Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry were to her.

After a short commercial break, Jamie Foxx decided to indirectly hit on Beyonce before handing the award over for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration to her husband Jay Z for his song “Holy Grail.”

Rock and rap blended together for a wild and stellar performance from Kendrick Lamar, up for Best Rap Performance, and Imagine Dragons, up for Record of the Year, which brought together their individual hits “M.A.A.d City” and “Radioactive.”

One of the most anticipated events of the evening arrived when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr joined together for “Queenie Eye.”

Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony presented Best Pop Vocal Album to Bruno Mars, who took the prize for Unorthdox Jukebox.

And possibly the most talked about moment of the night came when Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder joined forces to perform a funky rendition of “Get Lucky.”

Sara Bareilles, up for Album of the Year, and Carole King performed Bareilles’ hit “Brave.” The two ladies then presented Lorde with the coveted Song of the Year award for “Royals.”

Dallas Buyers Club star Jared Leto invited the crowd to join in with Metallica to honor late rock music legend Lou Reed.

Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson presented Record of the Year to Daft Punk for their first album since 2007, Random Access Memories.

Queen Latifah introduced four-time Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who were joined by Trombone Shorty for “Same Love.” Thirty-four straight and gay couples in the audience were united in marriage as an emotional Latifah officiated the ceremony and Madonna joined for the end of the performance.

Chinese pianist Lang Lang introduced the In Memoriam tribute and capped off with Amanda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong.

Daft Punk took home another big award, this one for the coveted Album of the Year.


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Album of the Year

Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Taylor Swift – Red

Record of the Year

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – "Get Lucky"
Imagine Dragons – "Radioactive"
Lorde – "Royals"
Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I. – "Blurred Lines" 

Song of the Year

Pink feat. Nate Reuss – "Just Give Me a Reason"
Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"
Katy Perry – "Roar"
Lorde – "Royals"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert – "Same Love" 

Best New Artist

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance

Sara Bareilles – "Brave"
Lorde – "Royals"
Bruno Mars – "When I Was Your Man"
Katy Perry – "Roar"
Justin Timberlake "Mirrors" 

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – "Get Lucky"
Pink feat. Nate Reuss – "Just Give Me a Reason"
Rihanna feat. Mikky Eiko – "Stay"
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I. – "Blurred Lines"
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z – "Suit & Tie"

Best Pop Vocal Album

Lana Del Rey – Paradise
Lorde – Pure Heroine
Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Various Artist – Viva Duets
Michael Buble – To Be Loved
Gloria Estefan – The Standards
Cee Lo Green – Cee Lo's Magic Moment
Dionne Warwick – Now

Best Country Solo Performance

Lee Price – "I Drive Your Truck"
Hunter Hayes – "I Want Crazy"
Miranda Lambert – "Mama's Broken Heart"
Darius Rucker – "Wagon Wheel"
Blake Shelton – "Mine Would Be You" 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

The Civil Wars – From This Valley
Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill – "Don't Rush"
Little Big Town – "Your Side of the Bed"
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban – "Highway Don't Care"
Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton – "You Can't Make Old Friends"

Best Country Song

Taylor Swift – "Begin Again"
Lee Brice – "I Drive Your Truck"
Miranda Lambert – "Mama's Broken Heart"
Kacey Musgraves – "Merry Go Round"
Blake Shelton – "Mine Would Be You"

Best Country Album

Jason Aldean – Night Train
Tim McGraw – Two Lanes of Freedom
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park
Blake Shelton – Based on a True Story
Taylor Swift – Red

Best Dance Recording

Duke Dumont feat. AME & MNEK – "Need U"
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – "Sweet Nothing"
Kaskade – "Atmosphere"
Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – "This Is What It Feels Like"
Zedd feat. Foxes – "Clarity" 

Best Dance Album

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Disclosure – Settle
Calvin Harris – 18 Months
Kaskade – Atmosphere
Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes – "Always Alright"
David Bowie – "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
Imagine Dragons – "Radioactive"
Led Zeppelin – "Kashmir"
Queens of the Stone Age – "My God is the Sun"
Jack White – "I'm Shakin'" 

Best Rock Song

Gary Clark Jr – "Ain't Messin Round"
Paul McCartney – "Cut Me Some Slack"
The Rolling Stones – "Doom and Gloom"
Black Sabbath – "God Is Dead?"
Muse – "Panic Station" 

Best Rock Album

Black Sabbath – 13
David Bowie – The Next Day
Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull
Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
Neil Young With Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill

Best R&B Performance

Tamar Braxton – "Love and War"
Anthony Hamilton – "Best of Me"
Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Q-Tip – "Nakamarra"
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – "How Many Drinks?"
Snark Puppy with Lalah Hathaway – "Something" 

Best R&B Song

Anthony Hamilton – "Best of Me"
Tamar Braxton – "Love and War"
PJ Morton feat. Stevie Wonder – "Only One"
Justin Timberlake – "Pusher Love Girl"
Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot – "Without Me" 

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Tamar Braxton – Love and War
Fantasia – Side Effects of You
Salaam Remi – One: In the Chamber
Rihanna – Unapologetic
Mack Wilds – New York: A Love Story

Best R&B Album

Faith Evans – R&B Divas
Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
John Legend – Love in the Future
Chrisette Michele – Better
TGT – Three Kings

Best Rap Performance

Drake – "Started From the Bottom"
Eminem – "Berzerk"
Jay Z – "Tom Ford"
Kendrick Lamar – "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – "Thrift Shop"

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

J. Cole feat Miguel – "Power Trip"
Jay Z feat. Beyonce – "Part II (On the Run)"
Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake – "Holy Grail"
Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige – "Now or Never"
Wiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd – "Remember You"

Best Rap Song

ASAP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar – "F***in' Problems"
Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake – "Holy Grail"
Kanye West – "New Slaves"
Drake – "Started From the Bottom"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – "Thrift Shop"

Best Rap Album

Drake – Nothing Was the Same
Jay Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Kanye West – Yeezus

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Coldplay – "Atlas" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Jessie J – "Silver Lining" from Silver Linings Playbook
Adele – "Skyfall" from Skyfall
Colbie Caillat feat. Gavin DeGraw – "We Both Know" from Safe Haven
Lana Del Rey – "Young and Beautiful" from The Great Gatsby
Regina Spektor – "You've Got Time" from Orange Is the New Black

Best Gospel Song

Tye Tribbett - "If He Did It Before... Same God [Live]"
Deitrick Haddon - "Have Your Way"
Charlie Wilson - "If I Believe"
Erica Campbell - "A Little More Jesus"
Percy Bady Featuring Lowell Pye - "Still"