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  • 27 January 2014, 12:02

Grammys: Daft Punk And Lorde Are Big Winners

Daft Punk have been crowned kings of the Grammy awards - but Lorde stole the show with two gongs for her breakthrough hit Royals.

The French electronic pioneers won the night's most prestigious award as Random Access Memories was named album of the year.

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo - wearing their trademark robot masks - hugged each other for several seconds before taking the stage with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Paul Williams, part of the large crew who helped them produce the album.

It was one of four awards for the duo, who were joined by Pharrell, Rodgers and Stevie Wonder for a show-stopping performance of record of the year Get Lucky.

New Zealand teenager Lorde - unknown to most music fans a year ago - bagged two of the night's biggest awards for her breakthrough hit Royals.

The 17-year-old took to the stage to perform the worldwide smash, which earned her awards for song of the year and best solo pop performance.

She said: "Thank you everyone who has let this song explode because it's been mental."

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the night's other big winners, picking up four awards, including a clean sweep in the rap category and the best new artist prize.

Macklemore said: "I want to say we made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support."

Madonna joined the duo to perform their anti-homophobia anthem Same Love as more than 30 couples took part in a mass wedding in LA's Staples Center in a celebration of gay marriage.

The couples exchanged rings on the stage which was momentarily transformed into a brightly lit church with a gospel choir.

The night could have turned out differently for the pair, with AP reporting that they were initially rejected by the Grammy rap committee for being "too pop" before the general committee overruled the decision.

As usual with the Grammys, the show was packed with memorable performances and collaborations, and the 56th awards were no exception.

Husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyonce kicked off proceedings, holding hands and dancing together during a steamy performance of Drunk In Love.

Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar wore all-white outfits and collaborated on a performance that jumped between rap and rock.

Robin Thicke teamed up with Chicago on a medley of the group's songs before launching into his own biggest hit Blurred Lines - ending the song singing from the floor.

Katy Perry sang Dark Horse in an eerie forest with fire that mirrored the mood of the song and John Legend and Taylor Swift played piano during the evening's more laid-back moments.

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr staged a rare reunion, performing together to mark 50 years since their breakthrough US TV performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Sir Paul also picked up two trophies - for best music film and best rock song for Cut Me Some Slack, recorded with the surviving members of Nirvana.

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