Over the past few years the Grammy’s have evolved from just an award show to a performance mashup of all of the nominees. If there is one thing to be certain of, just like the Super Bowl, the first act has to pull the audience in. After Beyonce dropped her new visual album on iTunes unannounced on Dec. 13, many thought the new mother had something to prove.
She hit the stage to perform “Drunk in Love” with hubby Jay Z, and no one was disappointed. Jaws hit the floor seeing her post baby body, and it was refreshing to see her on stage sans backup dancers.
The three hour show continued, and the awards were piling up in Daft Punk’s favor. The “Get Lucky” singing robots took home the awards for best album, best record, best pop/duo group performance and best dance/electronica album.
However, the duo was never seen actually accepting their awards. Instead, two people dressed as the robots went up on stage while the actual performers sat unmasked in the audience. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo quietly applauded while the ‘fake’ them mutely accepted the award, according to Pop Crush. The real duo didn’t even react when their album was announced.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took home the awards for best new artist, best rap performance, best rap song and best rap album. Although the pair had an impressive haul to take home, their awards were not their shining moment of the night.
Thirty-three couples were married at the Grammy’s with Queen Latifah serving as the minister, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert performing “Same Love” and a guest appearance by Madonna as the maid of honor.
Whether young, old, black, white, straight or gay, all of the couples had a once in a lifetime chance to make a statement on live television.
Other big winners from the night were Kacey Musgraves for best country album and song and Lorde, who took home two awards for best song of the year and the best solo pop performance.
If the Grammy’s didn’t provide anything shocking for you this year there is one fact that separated this show from the previous years: Taylor Swift did not take home a Grammy for anything.