The 56th Annual Grammy Awards were full of epic moments. Daft Punk, Pharrell, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Lorde were big winners of the night. Here are the top 5 moments from “music’s biggest night:”
1. Music’s ‘First Couple’: Beyoncé & Jay Z + Blue Ivy’s Special Gift
Beyoncé and Jay Z opened the show with a steamy performance of their hit record “Drunk in Love.” This was Queen Bey’s first performance of the record since releasing her top-secret album in December. The 17-time Grammy winner stunned in a leotard and short wavy hair. Beyoncé, 32, lit the Grammy stage with her “surfboard” dance moves.
Katy Perry tweeted the song lyric after the couple’s performance.
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) January 27, 2014
Jay Z won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his duet with pal Justin Timberlake for “Holy Grail.” When the rap mogul, 44, went to accept the award he gave the usual thanks to God and Beyoncé but also said he would be using his new trophy in a different way for his daughter Blue Ivy.
“I want to tell Blue that, ‘Look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.’”
2. Lorde: 17-year-old is One of Youngest to Win Big Category Award
Lorde proves she really is “royal,” taking home 2 Grammys. She also becomes one of the youngest winners of the “Song of the Year” category at just 17. The teenage singer has made a big splash onto the pop music scene since the release of her debut album “Pure Heroine” last year.
When the nominations for the Grammys were first announced, Lorde was noticeably absent from the Best New Artist category, which many said she was sure to win. Despite being overlooked in the category she prevailed as one of the night’s biggest new Grammy artists, also winning Best Pop Solo Performance.
During her acceptance speech, Lorde spoke on the rise of her hit “Royals.”
“I just want to say, we made this song originally just to give away for free and to be here now in this room with so many legends and people who we all admire is a complete honor, so thank you for that.”
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2014
3. Kendrick Lamar & Imagine Dragons’ Epic Performance
Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons offered up a mash-up, bringing Rock and Hip-Hop together with Lamar’s song “m.A.A.d City” and Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive.” The duo set the Staples Center on fire … Not literally, but almost. Strobe lights and smoke filled the stage, setting the scene for the electrifying performance. Taylor Swift was among those seen waving their hands in the audience to the set.
Imagine Dragons won Best Rock Performance and tweeted this photo, thanking their supporters.
Best Rock Performance Grammy. What a crazy night. Could not be more grateful to all of you who brought us here. pic.twitter.com/PP6DMTrv28
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) January 27, 2014
4. Pharrell + Daft Punk Prove They Are More Than “Lucky” + Pharrell’s Hat
French Electronic music duo Daft Punk won Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories.” The album featured collaborations and production by hip-hop crooner Pharrell. Everyone in the audience was dancing during Daft Punk and Pharrell’s performance of “Get Lucky.” Pharrell, a recent Oscar nominee, also won Best Producer. These gentlemen are showing they are more than “Getting Lucky” – they’re winning!
Also please check out Pharrell’s epic hat that had everyone, including Ryan Seacrest, talking on Twitter.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) January 27, 2014
Even fast-food restaurant Arby’s got in on the fun.
— Arby’s (@Arbys) January 27, 2014
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Dominate Rap Categories + Bring Madonna, Queen Latifah to the Stage
Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, winners of best new artist, won four awards for their album “The Heist.” The group did face some controversy for their rap wins as the AP noted the group has dominated more on the Top 40 pop charts versus the Rap charts. In an interesting move, Macklemore posted a screenshot of a text message he sent to his competitor Kendrick Lamar, noting that Lamar should have won over the duo.
My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I'm honored and completely blown… http://t.co/TOnjGU6aGi
— Macklemore (@macklemore) January 27, 2014
The group, known for including social messages in their music, used their platform to make a statement on marriage equality.
One of the most interesting moments came when Madonna joined the performance in a white tuxedo singing “Open Your Heart to Me,” her first public performance since her Instagram photo controversy.
Bonus: Taylor Swift’s Hair Flip
Taylor Swift got really into her performance of “All Too Well” while playing the piano. She flipped and swung her hair and of course it went viral.