Zedd, Cedric Gervais Take Home First GRAMMYs


Winners For Best Dance Recording Zedd and Foxes give their acceptance speech on stage at the pre-telecast show for the 56th Grammy Awards at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2014.

Daft Punk won two trophies early at the 56th GRAMMY Awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album for "Random Access Memories" and Best Engineered Album (non-classical). Zedd earned his first GRAMMY ever in the Best Dance Recording category for his breakthrough hit "Clarity" featuring Foxes.

Zedd and Foxes came to the podium to accept their award, both offering thanks to songwriter Matthew Koma and with Zedd dedicating the win to his friend Skrillex, who was in the audience. "He was one of the first people in the industry who believed in me," Zedd said of the six-time winner.



For her part, Foxes appeared somewhat flustered, noting that she had been chewing gum until it came time to make an acceptance speech.  "It's been like a dream and I can't believe it," she gushed. "This is otherworldly."

Daft Punk's winning album, "Random Access Memories," debuted at No. 1 on the BIllboard 200 in May. The duo is nominated in five categories tonight, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Get Lucky" featuring Pharrell. The robots were not on hand to accept the award during the pre-telecast held at the Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles as they were preparing for a performance during the televised awards later. 

The award for Best Engineered Album is a technical award, presented to "Random Access Memories'" engineers, including Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Daniel Lerner, and Bob Ludwig.

Daft Punk had two GRAMMY Awards going into the night, both from 2009 when they took home trophies for Best Electronic/Dance Album for live set "Alive 2007" and Best Dance Recording for "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."

Another pre-telecast GRAMMY went to Cedric Gervais in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category for his mash-up of Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness." Gervais thanked his agent, manager and Del Rey herself for, as he put it, "letting me touch a classic." This was the first Grammy for Gervais.