The 56th-annual Grammy Awards were Sunday night, hosted by LL Cool J. The show lasted three and a half hours beginning at 7 p.m. Beyonce and Jay-Z opened up the show with a performance of “Drunk in Love.” The Grammys had a lot of unexpected winners and losers and some interesting mash-ups between new artists and legends. By morning, over 4 million tweets were about the #Grammys. Here are a few things that viewers were talking about after the show.
5. The Beatles’ Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney was scheduled to perform at the Grammys with a “surprise guest” – who happened to be Ringo Starr. Possibly more notable than the actual performance of “Queenie Eye” was 80-year-old Yoko Ono rocking out during the song.
It was also announced that The Beatles would be featured in a two-hour special for the 50th anniversary of the group’s performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” “The Night that Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles” will air from 8-9 p.m. on Feb. 9 on CBS.
4. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift did not receive any awards this year; she won Grammys in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Swift may have expected to win Album of the Year, however, because she mistakenly reacted a bit too soon when Alicia Keys began announcing “Random Access Memories” as Album of the Year, possibly thinking Keys was announcing her “Red” album.
She was also nominated for Best Country Album and Best Country Song, but was beat out by newcomer Kacey Musgraves.
By the end of the show, 1.2 million people had tweeted about Taylor Swift. Some talk was about her performance of “All Too Well” when she began head banging, maybe with a little too much enthusiasm, toward the end of the song. She also jammed out during the Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar performance of “Radioactive.” Tweeters joked they should have also shown Swift on camera during Metallica’s performance.
The Big Awards
Lorde performed her hit “Royals” at the awards show and was awarded Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. She was also the most-tweeted-about celebrity at the Grammys. Lorde’s resemblance to a witch, Severus Snape, the girl from “The Grudge,” Ozzy Osbourne, etc., may have been talked about more than her actual Grammy nominations and wins.
2. Daft Punk
Daft Punk, the French electronic duo recognized by their robot helmets, took away Best Pop Duo/Group Performance featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers with “Get Lucky” and Best Record of the Year with “Get Lucky,” while “Random Access Memories” was awarded Album of the Year.
Pharrell made several appearances with Daft Punk, but he was also awarded Producer of the Year – and he sported a Smokey-the-Bear hat (or Arby’s, your call) all night. His hat is now featured in several memes and has its own Twitter account (@Pharrellhat).
1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took home four awards out of their seven nominations at the Grammys this year: Best Rap Performance for their hit “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz, Best Rap Song with “Thrift Shop,” Best Rap Album for “The Heist” and Best New Artist.
Not only did the duo rack up some new shelf dÃ©cor, but they made a huge gesture for equality during the “Same Love” performance. Thirty-three couples – gay, straight, of different ages and colors – were married during the song with Queen Latifah reading the vows. Madonna also made an appearance at the end with her song “Open Your Heart.”