The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, came together at the Grammy Awards on Sunday for a rare joint performance coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the British group's breakthrough on American television.
But while the music industry celebrated some of the biggest stars of the past, it anointed newcomer rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with the Grammy for best new artist and gave them the opportunity to preside over a mass wedding to celebrate same-sex equality later in the show.
The 56th Grammy Awards, the music industry's top honors handed out by the Recording Academy across 82 categories, may be remembered more for its performances and unscripted moments than the awards that are bestowed.
Daft Punk won Album of the Year for "Random Access Memories" and Record of the Year for "Get Lucky." Song of the Year went to newcomer Lorde, 17, for "Royals."
With McCartney at the piano and Starr at his drums, the two played a new song "Queenie Eye," a catchy tune that hearkened back to the Beatles' trademark hits. It was only the fourth time they had performed together on stage since a 2002 concert to honor the late George Harrison. John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and son Sean Lennon were in the crowd dancing along on Sunday.
That highlight might have been eclipsed by the mass wedding officiated by Queen Latifah as Macklemore & Lewis performed their hit "Same Love." Some 33 couples tied the knot live. Madonna also took the stage to perform during the wedding.
Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk picked up the Grammy for best pop/duo group performance for their dance hit "Get Lucky." Williams also won music producer of the year for his work with artists including Robin Thicke, Jay Z and Jennifer Hudson.
McCartney, 71, and former members of grunge rock band Nirvana, including Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, won best rock song for "Cut Me Some Slack."
Bruno Mars, who will play the Super Bowl half-time show in a week, won best pop vocal album for "Unorthodox Jukebox.