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Same-sex weddings, robots mark Grammys
2014-01-27

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The 56th Grammy Awards will be remembered for two mute Frenchmen and a mass wedding ceremony involving same- and opposite-sex couples.

The French dance-music duo Daft Punk's Random Access Memories took honors as Album of the Year, while the album's hit single "Get Lucky" was Record of the Year. The act also earned the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Williams ( as well as album co-producer Paul Williams ) spoke on behalf of Daft Punk, who wore helmets and essentially are mute robots in public.

However, for many ( including members of the LGBTQ community ), the highlight of the Grammys was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ( along with Mary Lambert ) performing its equality anthem "Same Love"—which was followed by Queen Latifah officiating a group wedding event with 33 couples of various sexual orientations. Madonna then sang a slowed-down version of her 1980s hit "Open Your Heart."

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won three rap categories and was honored as Best New Artist. Seventeen-year-old New Zealander Lorde won for Best Pop Solo Performance for her global hit "Royals," and Song of the Year went to "Royals" songwriters Joel Little and Ella Yellich O'Connor—Lorde's real name.

Kacey Musgraves won for Best Country Album for Same Trailer, Different Park, upsetting Taylor Swift, who was favored for Red. During the show, Musgraves performed "Follow Your Arrow," which contains the lyrics "Make lots of noise/Kiss lots of boys/Or kiss lots of girls/If that's something you're into."

The performances paid tribute to music's past as well as its future, and featured several unique collaborations. Among other highlights, Robin Thicke performed with Chicago; Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams, Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder; Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons; Carole King and Sara Barielles; and Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr—a reunion of the surviving members of the Beatles.

Among other winners, Kathy Griffin prevailed in the Best Comedy Album category for Calm Down Gurrl, and Kinky Boots won for Best Musical Theater Album over Matilda: The Musical and Motown The Musical, according to Grammy.com .

See the full list of winners at www.Grammy.com .


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