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Here's Your Grammy Recap: Gay Marriage, Hair Flipping And Pinkrobatics
The artists who killed it at last night's 56th annual Grammy Awards were overrated rappers and wordless robots.
French electro-bots Daft Punk were the biggest winners last night, winning five Grammys, including Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and Record of the Year for "Get Lucky." Anyone hoping to hear what they actually sounded like during their acceptance speeches were disappointed, with Pharrell speaking "on behalf of the robots."
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also won big, cleaning out the rap categories and beating the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar (who inexplicably went home with NOTHING). There was some controversy before the broadcast, with many people in the rap community trying to get the Seattle duo nominated in the pop categories instead.
The incredibly long telecast, hosted by LL Cool J, featured a number of great performances: Beyonce and Jay Z opened the show with a killer performance of "Drunk In Love," which involved many sexy movements on a chair; Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams (along with Pharrell's insane Canadian Mountie/Arby's Logo Hat) teamed up with Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder for an awesome performance of "Get Lucky;" Pink flew through the air above the crowd and demonstrated her finest acrobatics during her performance of "Try;" and Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons tore the whole arena down with their "Radioactive/Good Kid m.A.A.d. City" mashup (video bonus: Taylor Swift dancing like, well, Taylor Swift):
But the most anticipated moment of the night came from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who enlisted the help of Queen Latifah and (to a much lesser extent) Madonna to marry 33 gay and straight couples in a mass marriage that even made Keith Urban cry.
Here's the full performance:
Interestingly, when any of the same-sex couples moved in to kiss each other during the ceremony, the cameras cut away.
Later, when asked about the moment, Latifah said, "It's great to be a part of something so special, to be able to change someone's life."
When asked if she was going to marry anybody else, Latifah replied, "No, but it could be my new gig!"
Bruno Mars also won Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox, and Jay Z looked like he was positively over it:
Lorde was also a big winner at the Grammys, snatching up Song of the Year for "Royals" and having a very gothy reaction to the win. It's okay though, her acceptance speech was awkwardly cute:
Probably the best journo/artist interaction came in the press room, where the Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea were fielding questions about their Grammy win for Best Regional Mexican Music Album. When one reporter asked band leader Cindy Shea, who is white, if it was hard for her to get into mariachi music, Shea replied, "Well no, I live in Los Angeles. You can be getting gas and there will be a mariachi there."
Besides Kendrick, other snubs of the night included Drake and master hair-flipper Taylor Swift, who had the best reaction of the night when she thought she won Album of the Year, but didn't. Poor Taylor.
One of the artists who mercilessly took a Grammy away from Taylor Swift was Kacey Musgraves, who won Best Country Album for Same Trailer, Different Park.
"When I heard Same Trailer Different Park, I thought, 'Darn, I didn't get it, but then I realized it was me!" an ecstatic Musgraves later said.
Kathy Griffin arguably stole the show during the pre-telecast awards yesterday afternoon. When she won for Comedy Album of the Year for "Calm Down Guurl," Griffin pranced onto the stage, elated that Grammy gold was finally hers.
"I'd like to thank the Miami Beach Police Department, who saved my life and steered me out of harm's way, as somebody was drag racing the other day while driving his Lamborghini with his dick," Griffin said in reference to Justin Bieber's latest brush with Johnny Law in South Florida.
"I'm going to get an EGOT, obviously," Griffin later said, referring to that hallowed position of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. "I've got two Emmys and now a Grammy, nothing can stop me,"
The press room was full of memorable moments from the stars who got up to be interviewed, including Lalah Hathaway, winner of Best R&B Performance with Snarky Puppy, who spent a good chunk of press room time talking about her new Xbox One.
In all, the Grammys proved to be another three-plus hours of artists getting awards they didn't really deserve (at least Macklemore texted Kendrick Lamar saying he was sorry). Tune in next year when Beyonce wins everything.