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Grammy Awards 2014 Recap: Daft Punk Win Big, Trent and Grohl Rock With QOTSA and More

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The 56th annual Grammy Awards have come and gone, and Daft Punk, Lorde, Vampire Weekend and Dave Grohl are among those likely to look back fondly on last night’s ceremony. All of the aforementioned artists left the Staples Center in Los Angeles with gramophone trophies, proving “music’s biggest night” sometimes gets it right.

Among Daft Punk’s five awards were Album of the Year, which they picked up for ‘Random Access Memories,’ and Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, both for universally loved summer (and really all-season) jam ‘Get Lucky.’ The enigmatic French man-bots performed said smash on the telecast, enlisting guitarist Nile Rodgers and singer Pharrell Williams, as well as Stevie Wonder, to help out.

Lorde earned Song of the Year honors for ‘Royals,’ which she also played live, while Vampire Weekend picked up Best Alternative Album, triumphing in a stacked field that also included Neko Case, the National and Nine Inch Nails.

While Trent Reznor was denied a Grammy for ‘Hesitation Marks,’ he did get to close the show, rocking with Queens of the Stone Age, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and Dave Grohl, who joined former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic and Sir Paul McCartney in accepting Best Rock Song for ‘Cut Me Some Slack,’ from the soundtrack to Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ documentary.

Unfortunately, CBS cut the NIN-QOTSA all-star jam short, switching to a Delta commercial before Josh Homme and his crew could finish ‘My God Is the Sun’ and proving “music’s biggest night” still gets a lot of stuff wrong.

Click here for a full list of winners, and check out some of the key performances below.

Watch Trent Reznor, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham

Watch Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers Join Daft Punk on ‘Get Lucky’

Watch Lorde Perform ‘Royals’

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