French duo Daft Punk swept all five Grammy Awards for which they were nominated and with music legend Stevie Wonder as well as Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers they delivered an epic live performance of ‘Get Lucky,’ their smash hit.
Yes, indeed, it was a jam session of monumental proportions at the Grammys, spanning genres and decades of music and continents. The Staples Center audience collectively rose to their feet to dance to ‘Get Lucky’ which has topped charts around the world last summer and is from Daft Punk’s multi-platinum selling ‘Random Access Memories’ album.
It was a rare live performance from the duo comprised of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, both 39 years old and from Paris, France. But yet Daft Punk were on stage in white uniforms and their signature helmets. Never without these masks in public, earlier in the evening, walked the red carpet clad in tuxedos as you can see from the picture above.
On stage, they were in a glass enclosed “recording booth.” Stevie Wonder traded vocals with Pharrell Williams as Nile Rogers rocked out on guitar. At one point, the dynamic remix sampled the funk classic Chic’s ‘Le Freak’ and its signature lyrics, ‘Freak Out.’
Daft Punk weren’t the only ones with notable headgear. Pharrell Williams — guest vocalist and producer of the song — wore a large hat, an enormous tan fedora reminiscent of that of Smokey the Bear, that got so much attention it soon had its own Twitter account, @Pharrellhat and became an instant Internet meme. And while his hat was being celebrated, he himself did not go home empty handed as he took home the prestigious Best Non-classical Producer of the Year Grammy.
And as for Daft Punk’s awards, count them, five! And how do the masked duo make an acceptance speech. Well, in the case of the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, they took to the podium and did not speak. Instead, it was Pharrell Williams who became their interpreter and started off by saying, “Well, I suppose the robots would like to thank….” He went on to say, “I bet France is really proud of these guys right now.”
In total, as noted, Daft Punk received five Grammy Awards for their dance music album ‘Random Access Memories’ which has had such mainstream appeal worldwide. Notably, the it won Album of the Year, as well as Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The song ‘Get Lucky’ won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, as noted, as well as the coveted Record of the Year.
All in all an outstanding night for two “robots” and of much significance for the genre of electronic dance music.
You can relieve Daft Punk’s memorable Grammys performance in the replay video below!
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