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56th Annual Grammy Awards

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Written by Emily McNair

Posted on 02 February 2014

The 56th annual Grammy Awards had more than just high fashion and music, though those were probably the main draws for millions of viewers. This year, 33 couples tied the knot after Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's performance of "Same Love." Queen Latifah acted as a temporary commissioner for the State of California and presided over the weddings. Several same-sex couples were included in the proceedings, and the event was kept secret for nearly two weeks. Even Madonna joined the fun and sang "Open Your Heart" as part of the performance.

While the mass wedding was certainly the most eye-catching aspect of the Grammys, it only lasted for a fraction of the entire event. The majority of the event focused on performances from many notable celebrities from Lorde to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Taylor Swift's performance of "All Too Well" garnered her considerable attention, as head banging while playing piano is certainly not common. Many parents were shocked to see Beyonce's risque outfit during her performance of "Drunk in Love" with her husband Jay-Z, and that was not the end of the outrage. The closing performance featuring Nine Inch Nails, Lindsey Buckingham, and Queens of the Stone Age was cut off so that commercials and credits could air. CBS didn't even continue the broadcast online, which left many fans angry.

The awards themselves were somewhat surprising to viewers. Although Taylor Swift was nominated for four awards, she didn't win a single one. "Skyfall", the theme to the latest James Bond movie, garnered Adele the award for Best Song in Visual Media. The popular Imagine Dragons song "Radioactive" was the Best Rock Performance, and Lorde won the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for her song "Royals." However, the winners' list was dominated by two artists: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Daft Punk.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ended the evening with four awards to their names. They won the award for Best New Artist, and the celebrations didn't end there. The duo's well-known song "Thrift Shop" garnered them the awards for both Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, and their album "The Heist" won the award for Best Rap Album.

The French electronic music duo Daft Punk walked away from the Grammys with the most coveted award, Album of the Year, for "Random Access Memories." The album also received two other awards, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The famous song "Get Lucky," which features Pharrell Williams, won Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

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