Daft Punk performed on national television for the first time in six years, celebrating a year of disco-inspired hits on the Hot 100 at the 56th GRAMMYs Sunday (Jan. 26).
The performance began in a set designed like a posh, high-budget studio, evoking images of setting that brought their album “Random Access Memories” to life. But before the robots took the stage, Pharrell Williams, 25-time GRAMMY winner Stevie Wonder and disco/dance music pioneer Nile Rodgers held the spotlight, grooving through the early notes of the 2013 smash “Get Lucky.” Taking a pass from Pharrell, Wonder took on the second verse with aplomb, with co-writer Rodgers strumming along to his familiar disco licks.
But they weren’t done. Once dance music’s biggest hit of 2013 subsided, Daft Punk’s esteemed collaborators dug into their past hits, offering a mash-up of a Rodgers’ Chic classic (“Le Freak”) and Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star.” Those listening closely could hear blips of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” dispersed in the mix.
When the camera panned to the crowd Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr could be seen getting their respective grooves on.
After hitting the red carpet in black tuxedos, the bots were dressed in all-white suits and helmets for their time in the DJ booth. Moments later, “Get Lucky” got the nod for Record of the Year, with Smokey Robinson presenting the award to the robots, Rodgers, and Williams, now sporting a slightly more modest ranger-inspired cap than the model flashed on the red carpet.
Earlier in the night, Daft Punk won the GRAMMY for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Get Lucky.” Their album “Random Access Memories” was nominated for five awards.
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