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Daft Punk and Pharrell get lucky but Beyonce steals show at the Grammys

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 Taylor Swift. Photo: Getty

Taylor Swift. Photo: Getty

Taylor Swift. Photo: Getty

"BACK when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren't there that were frightening. And then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album," said producer Paul Williams, who stood on stage with Daft Punk.

The French duo won four awards including best dance/electronica album for Random Access Memories and pop duo/group performance for Get Lucky, which earned Pharrell a trophy.

Pharrell, like Daft Punk, won four honours. He came into the night with seven nominations, but competed with himself in three categories. Williams won his first Grammy for non-classical producer of the year.

 

Princess

Lorde was the princess of the Grammys; her hit, Royals, won song of the year and best pop solo performance.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis clinched four wins: best new artist, rap song, rap performance, and rap album for The Heist. The duo performed Same Love, and 33 same-sex and heterosexual couples got married in the middle of the performance as Queen Latifah officiated. Madonna joined in wearing an all-white suit and hat and sang Open Your Heart and some of Same Love with Mary Lambert. Keith Urban cried and Katy Perry caught a bouquet during the performance, where Lewis' sister was among those tying the knot.

Taylor Swift lost best country album to rising singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, who also clinched best country song.

Justin Timberlake, who wasn't up for any of the major awards, won three trophies: best R&B song, music video and best rap/sung collaboration. Bruno Mars won best pop vocal album. Paul McCartney, engineer Bob Ludwig and gospel singer Tye Tribett were double winners.

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