Every year, the Grammys can always be counted on to be jam packed with some of the most spectacular performances and surprising award wins of the year, and 2014's show was nothing short of just that. This year, the 56th annual Grammy Awards proved to be a celebration of music past, present, and future, with host LL Cool J guiding the night through it's incredibly diverse music collaborations and dynamic performances. It was only right, then, for the Queen B herself, Beyonce, and music mogul husband Jay Z to start the show off right with a slick and sexy performance of 'Drunk In Love' that made sure everybody was going to "be all night."
The Grammy for Best New Artist was easily one of the most anticipated of the night, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis winning out over Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, and James Blake, but it was nice see that an electronic music producer like James Blake could get recognition for making such big waves in music over the last year, and he wouldn't be the only one making a splash for the electronic music industry that night either.
Between performances by Lorde, Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, and more, Daft Punk picked up 4 Grammys including the coveted Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and Best Dance/Electronica Album. As if winning that many awards wasn't enough of a testament to the impact the French duo have on the music industry, they along with Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, and legend Stevie Wonder performed for the first time in almost 6 years. Their performance of the Random Access Memories hit 'Get Lucky' was incredible, with snippets of 'Harder, Better, Faster,' 'Around The World,' and Chic's 'Le Freak' working their way into the mix from inside the studio step up on stage.
Creative collaborations including Chicago with Robin Thicke, Imagine Dragons with Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney with Ringo Starr, Metallica with pianist Lang Lang, and, having won 4 Grammys themselves, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' performance turned marriage ceremonies with Queen Latifah, Mary Lambert, and Madonna propelled the night into musical history. 33 couples were married during the massive performance of 'Same Love,' a monumental moment for music and social justice alike, and one that will live forever in the long lineage of Grammy history.
The 2014 Dance/Electronica Grammy nominees and winners were a sight for sore eyes this year, with Disclosure, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and Pretty Lights all making a name for themselves in the music spotlight. Better still, it was Zedd's 'Clarity' featuring Foxes that took home the Grammy for Best Dance Recording, solidifying the track's status as a wildly popular single from the past year. Suffice it to say that after the results of this year's Grammy awards, the music to come in 2014 is promising.