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French duo Daft Punk win five Grammy Awards

English.news.cn   2014-01-27 19:10:06

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Daft Punk won five awards on Sunday night at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, taking home gongs in all the categories they were nominated in.

The wins for the helmet-clad French dance duo included album of the year for "Random Access Memories" and record of the year for "Get Lucky."

At the ceremony at Los Angeles' Staples Center, two-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams -- one of the collaborators on the album -- delivered an acceptance speech on behalf of Daft Punk's typically silent musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

"I suppose the robots would like to thank ... you know, honestly, I bet France is really proud of these guys right now," Williams said.

Another duo, Seattle-based hip-hop newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, collected four awards, including best new artist, best rap album for "The Heist," best rap song "Thrift Shop" and best rap performance.

At the ceremony, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis sang the marriage-equality anthem "Same Love" as, in an historic moment, actress and talk show host Queen Latifah officiated the mass wedding of 33 couples, including same-sex unions.

Pop crooner Justin Timberlake grabbed three awards, while 17-year-old New Zealand singing sensation Lorde picked up two Grammys, including song of the year for "Royals," making her the youngest person in Grammy history to win a general category award, and the third-youngest winner ever.

On the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' rise to stardom in America, Paul McCartney was another double winner, taking home awards for best music film with "Live Kisses" and best rock song for "Cut Me Some Slack."

He also took to the stage with the other living Beatle, Ringo Starr, after earlier bringing the audience to their feet with a rendition of his 1973 hit song "Photograph."

McCartney and Starr performed a song from McCartney's recent album, "New." It was the first time the legendary pair had played together since 2009.

Chinese pianist Lang Lang collaborated with hard rock group Metallica and played "One," a track Metallica played at their very first Grammy Awards 25 years ago. Lang Lang, who was not among this year's nominees, is the award show's cultural ambassador to China.

Editor: Yang Yi
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