Daft Punk, a French electronic music duo that wears robot helmets, doesn't speak in public and rarely makes appearances, danced away with five Grammys, including album of the year and record of the year for their disco anthem "Get Lucky."
"This is the most insane thing ever," said their collaborator Nile Rodgers after the duo's "Random Access Memories" won album of the year Sunday night at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. The album also won best dance/electronica album and best engineered album. They cemented their memorable evening with a massive jam with Stevie Wonder, Rodgers and Pharrell.
However, newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis may have made a more lasting impression with their radio-friendly, idealistic hip-hop and a stunning performance that ended in 33 weddings and a duet with Madonna.
The Seattle duo won for best new artist and swept the rap category, taking Grammys for best rap song and rap performance for "Thrift Shop" and best rap album for "The Heist." But their emotional performance of "Same Love," an anthem for equal rights for same-sex couples, may be discussed long after the awards, as Queen Latifah presided over a group wedding at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madonna joined in with a moving version of "Open Your Heart" backed by a gospel choir.
Paul McCartney, who received a lifetime achievement Grammy with Ringo Starr and the family members of the rest of The Beatles, added some current awards to his collection Sunday night as well, winning best rock song for "Cut Me Some Slack," his collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana, and best music film for "Live Kisses." He even performed a new single, "Queenie Eye," with Starr on drums -- a rare collaboration between the surviving Beatles. Two other McCartney projects also received awards: best surround sound album for "Live Kisses" and best boxed package for "Wings Over America."
Jay Z, who had a night-leading nine nominations, had to settle for only two wins -- best music video for "Suit and Tie" and best rap-sung collaboration for "Holy Grail." However, he took the win in stride, thanking God for bringing a "beautiful light of a young lady in my life," as he looked at wife Beyoncé. He quickly added a note for their daughter, "I wanna tell Blue, 'Look, Daddy got a gold sippy-cup for you.' "
Whether they won any awards or not, the power couple was the talk of the show, opening the evening with a rare joint appearance on a steamy version of Beyoncé's single "Drunk in Love."
Other highlights included:
MEMORABLE. Pink delivered a highflying take on "Try," suspended by cables while she sang and spun over the crowd, before performing her song of the year nominee "Just Give Me a Reason" with Nate Ruess. A wild mash-up between rockers Imagine Dragons and rapper Kendrick Lamar was a blinding display of rage and release.
LOCAL HERO. During the nontelevised portion of the ceremony, Seaford's Matthew Koma got shout-outs from both Zedd and Foxes, as they accepted the best dance recording Grammy for "Clarity," which Koma co-wrote with them.
THANKFUL. Lindsay Lohan and the entire Lohan clan in Merrick received thanks from Kathy Griffin in her acceptance speech for best comedy album because they, along with Oprah Winfrey and Ryan Seacrest, provided her with the material for her success.