Among the Grammys 2014 winners on Sunday night were rap stars Jay-Z as well as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The hip hop superstars also put in some of the most talked about performances of the evening. Other winners included the robotic group Daft Punk along with Pharrell Williams, who took home one of the night's biggest prizes.
According to LA Times on Jan. 27, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four awards out of seven major categories they were nominated in. Those included Best New Artist and Best Rap Album, a category in which they bested not only Jay-Z and Kanye West, but fellow Album of the Year nominee, Kendrick Lamar for his critically-acclaimed “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” album. According to Hollywood Reporter, Macklemore himself also told Kendrick via text he felt they robbed him in the category, as he was quoted saying:
"You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech, and I froze.
Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love."
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also had one of the evening’s “show stopper” performances, as they did a rendition of their hit song “Same Love” about same sex marriage and gay/lesbian rights on stage along with singers Mary Lambert, the legendary Madonna and rapper/actress Queen Latifah all playing a part in a huge marriage ceremony that was conducted with couples standing in the audience aisle. The performance occurred at the Staples Center with audience members giving a standing ovation and congratulating the newlywed couples following the mass ceremony. A YouTube video of the performance has been viewed nearly 60,000 times as of this report, with almost 1,000 comments left on it.
Moments later was the show’s biggest award, which was the Album of the Year given out to the robotic group Daft Punk for “Random Access Memories.” The group which had help from hip-hop producer and rapper Pharrell Williams on hits like “Get Lucky,” was able to win the award over the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift and Sara Berailles. The group Daft Punk not only won Album of the Year but also Record of the Year for “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams. Other awards they took included Best Dance/Electronic Album, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Other winners on the night included Lorde’s “Royals” for Song of the Year as well as Best Pop Solo Performance, Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” for Best Rock Performance, and Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake for the best rap collaboration song "Holy Grail." Beyonce and Jay-Z were among the opening acts for the show, performing a sizzling performance of the song “Drunk in Love” from Beyonce’s latest album. View the video here.
The 2014 Grammys were held in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26 with CBS providing live televised coverage and red carpet specials also streaming online as early as 3 p.m. EST. All the 2014 winners can be seen at Grammy.com.