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56th Grammy Awards winners and surprises

Sunday, Jan. 26 brought us music’s biggest night. Garnered as the Oscars of music, the 56th Grammy Awards announced who was the best in 2013. It also brought a few surprises.

Daft Punk Wins Big at the 56th Grammy Awards
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Hosted by Def Jam Record’s first artist and now respected actor, L.L. Cool J expressed the power of music. The Grammy’s proved it to be true.

Let’s first congratulate the winners:

Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk for “Get Lucky”

Best Rock Song: Dave Grohl/Paul McCartney for “Cut Me Some Slack”

Best Pop Solo Performance: Lorde

Best Rap Collaboration: Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake for “Holy Grail”

Producer of the Year: Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album: Bruno Mars for “Unorthodox Jukebox”

Best Country Album: Kacey Musgraves for “”Same Trailer Different Park”

Song of the Year: Royals

Record of the Year: Daft Punk for “Get Lucky”

Album of the Year: Daft Punk for “Random Access Memories”

The performances were huge and entertaining. The reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr proved that music brings people to a common ground and together. Prime example was the performance of Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragon. Another example was the collaboration of Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton and Merle Haggard. If that wasn’t enough, the mixture of Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder sealed the deal.

It’s surprising that Taylor Swift didn’t win for Country Album of the year, however; Kacey Musgraves had an incredible album. Another surprise was Queen Latifah hosting a marriage ceremony for 33 couples during Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert’s song “Same Love”. The performanced peaked when Madonna appeared to sing “Open Your Heart” during the ceremony.

The Grammy’s, for years, has been a controlled suit and tie event. This year, it seems like the academy has loosing up a little. Surprising.