The French electronic music group Daft Punk was the big winner at the 56th Grammy Awards in a ceremony held in Los Angeles, where luck smiled on the performers of "Get Lucky," sending them home with the most important prizes.
Daft Punk garnered four awards, including Album of the Year and Recording of the Year for "Random Access Memories" and "Get Lucky," respectively, as well as separate Grammys for Best Dance/Electronica Album for "Random Access Memories" and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky."
The chords of that song sounded from the stage at Staples Center, the L.A. arena where the gala was held and where the French group was accompanied by Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder, who got people on their feet and dancing from Yoko Ono and Beyonce to rocker Steven Tyler, who were in the audience.
The album "Random Access Memories" also took home the prize for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, though the golden gramophone went to the technicians who recorded the disc, not to the artists.
Despite their success, the members of Daft Punk, costumed as robots as usual, never took off their helmets nor uttered a word of thanks, though Pharrell Williams, the vocalist on "Get Lucky," stepped in and did it for them.
Williams himself took four prizes, three for his work with Daft Punk and a fourth as Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
The hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won gold as Best New Artist and took the same number of prizes as Daft Punk, but in the rap categories.
Flamenco was rewarded in the category of Best World Music Album for the Gipsy Kings' disc "Savor Flamenco," an honor shared with the Ladysmith Black Mambazo group's "Live: Singing For Peace Around The World."" EFE