Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ won the award for Album of the Year at the 2014 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26. The much-talked about album beat out some of the most acclaimed records of the year for the honor!
French electronic robot duo Daft Punk took home the biggest prize tonight at the 2014 Grammy Awards, beating out some of music’s most celebrated artists to take home the precious Album of the Year trophy. Do you think the right artist won?
Daft Punk Wins 2014 Album Of The Year Grammy
Alicia Keys, Olivia Harrison, and Yoko Ono named the nominees for album of the year, and seemed psyched to announce Random Access Memories as the eventual victor. Since Daft Punk are robots who cannot speak, songwriter Paul Williams took the stage along to accept the award, and gave an amusing and touching speech that perfectly capped off the night.
“Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there that were frightening,” Paul said. “Then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album.”
Then Paul — on behalf of the robots — praised Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ earlier performance, during which 34 same-sex couples were married.
Daft Punk had some pretty stiff competition this year. In addition to Random Access Memories, Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest, Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist, and Taylor Swift’s Red all racked up nominations for Album of the Year.
Daft Punk’s big Grammy wins also drove a huge spike on Spotify following the show – streams of Daft Punk songs increased by over 200 percent. Additionally, streams of “Another Star,” which Daft Punk performed with Stevie Wonder, increased by 635 percent on Spotify – more than any other song performed at the Grammys.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did Daft Punk deserve to win?
— Shaunna Murphy