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56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on CBS culminates GRAMMY Week events

Daft Punk wins big at 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Daft Punk wins big at 56th Annual GRAMMY AwardsPhoto by Jeff Vespa

The City of Angels hosted the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 26, 2014 after a full week of exciting Pre-telecast concerts, parties, panel discussions, entertainment law initiatives and charitable events produced by The Recording Academy, its allied partners and various corporate sponsors. The Academy honors achievements in the recording arts and is engaged in many activities that promote the interests of music makers and raise awareness of our country's recorded sound legacy.

GRAMMY Foundation events

Among the events and activities presented by the GRAMMY Foundation during GRAMMY Week were the GRAMMY Camp Basic Training, Jazz Session Public Performance and Jazz Session Recording Sessions; GRAMMY In The Schools featuring Vampire Weekend; and the 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative and Scholarship Presentation.

As its 16th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy Concert, this year’s theme was “A Song Is Born.” The event was presented by Seagate. Featured songwriters/performers spotlighted many previous GRAMMY winners including Valerie Simpson, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Webb, and Paul Williams.

Kent Knappenberger of Westfield Academy and Central School in Westfield, N.Y., was the recipient of the first annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

2014 MusiCares Person of the Year event hosted by Jimmy Kimmel

Carole King was honored as this year’s Person of the Year. King was being honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her extraordinary creative accomplishments as well as her significant charitable work, which has included a range of philanthropic activities over the years. Performers included Sara Bareilles; Jakob Dylan; Gloria Estefan; Louise Goffin; Amy Grant; Jesse & Joy; Alicia Keys; King; Lady Gaga; Martina McBride; Leah McFall; Miguel; Jason Mraz; Jennifer Nettles; Pink; James Taylor; Train; Steven Tyler; will.i.am; and, from the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, Merry Clayton, GRAMMY winner Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and Darlene Love. The celebration culminated with the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards which aired on CBS.

Pre-Telecast Concert hosted by Cyndi Lauper

The first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories were handed out at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 30 days following the event. For a full list of presenters and winners, please visit http://www.grammy.com/live.

GRAMMY Awards telecast hosted by LL Cool J

The big winners were Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The EDM, rap duos and producer scored four awards each to top all winners. Daft Punk earned their GRAMMYs for the coveted Album Of The Year category for Random Access Memories and Record Of The Year with Williams and Nile Rodgers for "Get Lucky." Random Access Memories also won Best Dance/Electronica Album and "Get Lucky" took Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' wins included Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Thrift Shop," and Best Rap Album for The Heist. Pharrell Williams won as an artist and producer on Daft Punk's Record and Album Of The Year and Best Pop/Duo Group Performance wins, as well as Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical honors. Other notable awards went to Terri Lynne Carrington, who in accepting the Best Jazz Instrumental Album GRAMMY for Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, pointed out she was the first woman to win in the category, Wayne Shorter for Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Orbits), Gregg Porter for Best Jazz Vocal Album (Liquid Spirit) and Maria Schneider for Best Contemporary Classical Composition (“Winter Morning Walks”) For a full list of winners, please visit http://www.grammy.com/nominees.