By Shylo Adams
Music`s newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis conquered the 56th Annual Grammy Awards by winning a slew of awards and making a strong political statement.
The performance-filled award show, hosted by rap mogul LL Cool J, saw Macklemore & Ryan Lewis receive three awards before the ceremony began. Once the show started, the rap duo continued their domination by receiving the first award of the night for Best New Artist. The “Thrift Shop” performers stole the show with a performance everyone will be talking about. They performed their controversial song “Same Love” while Queen Latifah married multiple LGBT couples. Madonna, the Material Girl herself, graced the stage as well to show her support for same-sex marriage.
Though Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the talk of the night, Daft Punk beat them in number of awards won. The robotic duo snagged five Grammys, including Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year for their song “Get Lucky,” which featured Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Daft Punk performed their award-winning song in a studio-like setting with Rodgers and Williams, adding music legend Stevie Wonder to the mix. At the end of the night, the European duo continued to win by receiving the prestigious award for Album of the Year for Random Access Memories.
17 year-old Lorde`s break out song “Royals” won Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. She gave a simple performance of her award-winning song earlier on in the night, with only a drummer and keyboardist accompanying her on stage.
The star-studded night saw once in a lifetime legendary performances by several artists.
Music legend Ringo Starr performed “Photograph” and reminisced with the audience. Old pictures of the Beatle, his band mates and friends graced the screen behind him as he sang.
Starr later performed with former band mate Paul McCartney as audience members, such as Yoko Ono, sang and danced along. Even though the two only make up half of the iconic English band, the Beatles, it was an historic performance.
Country fans were treated to a one-time performance from Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Kris Kristofferson for a rendition of “Okie From Muscogee.”
If that wasn’t enough, the Grammys treated metal fanatics to a performance by Metallica and Chinese pianist Lang Lang. The group played Metallica’s infamous song “One”.
In addition to the legends, Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar gave an ovation-inducing mash up of “Radioactive” and “M.A.A.D City.” Everyone got to his or her feet, but Twitter focused on Taylor Swift’s noticeable enthusiasm during the colourful performance.
The night ended how it started – with music. Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac closed out the show.
For a full rundown of all of tonight’s winners and performances visit the Grammys’ website. Check out a few candid photos below.