Daft Punk swept the stage Sunday night at the 56th Grammy Awards. The duo took home many of the coveted awards, including record of the year for “Get Lucky” and album of the year for “Random Access Memories.”
But the Grammys weren’t only a show of big name artist and former winners. Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Kacey Musgraves were the featured rising stars last night in the pop, rap, and country music categories respectively.
Lorde’s “Royals” won best song of the year and best pop solo performance. That’s a far cry from a year ago, when the New Zealand musician was playing gigs in small clubs.
The Seattle duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis left the Staples Center with best new artist, best rap performance, best rap song, both for the song “Thrift Shop,” and best rap album for “The Heist.” This was no easy feat as they were up again rap giants such as Jay-Z, Drake, and Eminem.
Sunday night wasn’t only about pop, rap and country.
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell won best Americana album for “Old Yellow Moon” and the Del McCoury Bank won best bluegrass album for “The Streets of Baltimore.”
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite won best blues album for “Get up!”
Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown spoke with the Harper and Musselwhite in August about blues as a “living, renewable tradition.”