The 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday was a bombastic celebration of music industry luminaries of the past and present, but when the biggest winners of the evening accepted each of their three awards, they responded with nothing but silence.
Daft Punk took home three Grammys, winning for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, along with collaborators Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Taking the stage wearing their trademark helmets, however, the robots (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo) did not say a word, instead letting Williams and Rodgers give an acceptance speech for them.
“I suppose the robots would like to thank … you know, honestly, I bet France is really proud of these guys right now,” Williams said to the Staples Center crowd in Los Angeles.
All four musicians were joined by the legendary Stevie Wonder for a live performance of the summer blockbuster “Get Lucky,” which featured Daft Punk inside a makeshift recording studio. The Random Access Memories single morphed into their own “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” Rodgers’ “Le Freak” and Wonder’s “Another Star.”
Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox was named Pop Vocal Album of the Year, beating out Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Lorde and Lana Del Rey, giving him plenty of momentum as he heads towards his upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance spot.
Another highlight of Sunday’s broadcast was an epic closing performance that paired Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl with Nine Inch Nails first, followed by Queens of the Stone Age.
Meanwhile, several artists were honored earlier in the week at the 2014 Special Merit Awards Ceremony that preceded the Grammys on Jan. 25 at L.A.’s Wilshire Ebell Theatre. That night, the Isley Brothers received a Lifetime Achievement Award for their prestigious career.
“I want to thank our parents, and the hand of divine providence that gave us such longevity. Not everybody gets that,” said a teary Ernie Isley. “And I want to thank Neil Portnow for a phone call that now I wish I had recorded.”
Watch Daft Punk and Queens of the Stone Age in action at the Grammys below and click here for a full list of winners.