REPORTED LIVE FROM THE GRAMMYS
By Phyllis Pollack
The winner of the Album of the Year at the 56th Grammy Awards is Daft Punk for Random Access Memories. While the award was being accepted, on stage, Nile Rogers mused, "This is the most insane thing ever." Paul Williams joked, "Two robots called me and asked me to record an album."
Random Access Memories by Daft Punk featured artists Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams.
The Columbia Records album was produced by Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards. It was mixed and engineered by Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz and Daniel Lerner.
Antoine "Chab" Chabert and Bob Ludwig served as mastering engineers.
Also nominated for Album of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards was The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles, produced by Bareilles, Mark Endert and John O'Mahony.
Her album was engineered and mixed by Jeremy Darby, Mark Endert and John O'Mahony, and mastered by Greg Calbi. The album was released by Epic Records, a division of Sony.
The category also included the album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar, which featured an A-list of guests that included MC Eiht of Comptons Most Wanted and Menace II Society fame.
Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock, Jay Z, MC Eiht & Anna Wise, featured artists; DJ Dahi, Hit-Boy, Skye Hutch, Just Blaze, Like, Terrace Martin, Dawaun Parker, Pharrell, Rahki, Scoop DeVille, Sounwave, Jack Splash, Tabu, Tha Bizness, THC and T-Minus also grace the album.
Other collaborators were producers Derek Ali, Dee Brown, Andrew Coleman, Dr. Dre, James Hunt, Mauricio 'Veto"" Iragorri, Mike Larson, Jared Scott, Jack Splash and Andrew Wright.
Mike Bozzi and Brian 'Big Bass"" Gardner contributed as mastering engineers. The album was released by TDE/Aftermath/Interscope Records.
The Heist from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also flaunted a bevy of guests, with Ab-Soul, Ben Bridwell, Ray Dalton, Eighty4 Fly, Hollis, Mary Lambert, Baffalo Madonna, Evan Roman, Schoolboy Q, Allen Stone, The Teaching and Wanz joining in as featured artists.
Ryan Lewis produced the album, while Ben Haggerty, Ryan Lewis, Amos Miller, Reed Ruddy and Pete Stewart engineered and mixed The Heist. Tom Coyne and Brian Gardner mastered and engineered the album that was released by the label Macklemore LLC
Taylor Swift's Red, with featured artists Gary Lightbody and Ed Sheeran, was produced by Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker and Dan Wilson.
Joe Baldridge, Sam Bell, Matt Bishop, Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Michael Ilbert, Tyler Johnson, Jacknife Lee, Steve Marcantonio, Manny Marroquin, Justin Niebank, John Rausch, Eric Robinson, Pawel Sek, Jake Sinclair, Mark "Spike" Stent and Andy Thompson, engineered and mixed tracks on the album.
Swift's Red was mastered by Tom Coyne and Hank Williams.
Phyllis Pollack is covering the Grammys Live from Staples Center.
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