Despite being one of the hottest acts in the music industry, Bruno Mars lost out to electronic music duo Daft Punk at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
Daft Punk won the coveted ‘Record of the Year’ award for their single ‘Get Lucky’ that featured the musical talents of Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
The French musicians managed to beat off stiff competition from Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, Lorde and Imagine Dragons. As well as Record of the Year, the duo also managed to scoop the biggest award of the night and took home the ‘Album of the Year’ for their star-studded album ‘Random Access Memories’.
The robot pair went on to score the ‘Best Dance/Electronica Album’ and ‘Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical’ making them the hit of this year’s Grammys.
Daft Punk have been around since the late 90s and are considered to be one of the pioneers of French house music. Their debut album ‘Home Work’, released in 1997, was well received amongst fans and critics. The most popular song from Homework was ‘Da Funk’ and featured in the Val Kilmer remake of ‘The Saint’ which catapulted the musicians into the public eye.
Two more successful albums followed, and the duo have also produced a number of movie soundtracks, short films and even appeared on the video game DJ Hero. Daft Punk are well-known for their energetic performances and have played at several high-profile festivals including the UK’s RockNess, Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Coachella held in California.
Other winners at this year’s Grammys included Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who also took home four Grammys for ‘Best New Artist’, ‘Best Rap Performance’, ‘Best Rap Album’ and ‘Best Rap Song’. Newcomer Lorde also cleaned up scoring both ‘Song of the Year and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’.
Live performances on the night certainly didn’t disappoint, and the ceremony kicked off with a very sexy rendition of ‘Drunk in Love’ by music royalty Jay Z and Beyonce. Pink wowed the crowd with a high-flying performance featuring a heart-stopping aerial silk display high above the cheering crowd. Daft Punk topped off the night with a performance of ‘Get Lucky’ featuring Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder.
Daft Punk’s phenomenal success at this year’s Grammys has made them one of the hottest properties in the music industry. After the awards show, the robots climbed to number 6 on the Social 50 which ranks the most popular artists on social media. Visits to the Daft Punk Wikipedia page have also increased by 740%. Bruno Mars managed to jump 6 places up the Social 50 list landing at number 10.
The Grammy Awards is largely considered to be the music industry’s biggest night of the year and brings together an eclectic mix of musicians, artists, producers and comedians. Taking home one of the awards is a sign of an artist’s talent, innovation and dedication to their craft that puts them head and shoulders above the competition.