2014 Grammy awards – as it happened

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• Daft Punk, Lorde take top prizes
• 33 couples get married during Macklemore performance
• Sir Paul McCartney reunites onstage with Ringo Starr
•  Full list of winners


Announced during the telecast:

Album of the year: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Record of the year: Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Song of the year: Royals - Lorde

Best country album: Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves

Best pop vocal album: Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars

Best rap/sung collaboration: Holy Grail - Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake

Best pop solo performance: Royals - Lorde

Best rock song: Cut Me Some Slack - Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear

Best pop duo/group performance: Daft Punk & Pharrell's Get Lucky

Best new artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Best for last

Those of you who stuck it out through the sleepier portions of the show have been richly rewarded with the best performance of the night: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age (Dave Grohl on drums!) and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

And of course the Grammys being the Grammys, the performance is cut off by a voiceover ad for an airline. 

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Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Photograph: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS



Album of the year: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Daft Punk snatches record of the year from Macklemore's tiny fists. And the Robot Uprising is complete! Engage kill protocol.

Seriously, though, songwriter Paul Williams gets the floor. This little guy wrote Rainbow Connection. He is probably part Muppet, so it would make sense that he's in cahoots with the robots. In all honesty, he's maybe one of the biggest legends on that stage, so it's nice to see him get some screentime. 

Latest video from Random Access Memories. 


The much-anticipated Miranda Lambert and Billie Joe Armstrong tribute performance to Phil Everly was abrupt, lasting about as long as the tweet Armstrong sent following Everly’s death earlier this month

From the obituary: 

With his older brother Don, Phil Everly, who has died of pulmonary disease aged 74, formed one of pop music's greatest vocal partnerships. If it was Elvis Presley who became the most spectacular icon of 1950s rock'n'roll, the Everly Brothers created a musical legacy which was every bit as influential. Their unique vocal harmonies, coupled with ingenious guitar arrangements and timeless material, had a revolutionary impact on the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash.

Dream, dream, dream. 

This is the portion of the night where we all say "Oh damn I forgot that person died." And then you turn off the TV and listen to George Jones for the rest of the night while tying one on for ol' Possum. Can we go to bed now please? 

Wedding bells

Queen Latifah introduces Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who perform One Love." The moment is a remarkable one – Macklemore, whether you like him or not, commands the room, delivering his pro-gay marriage anthem with authority. Latifah makes a strong statement in announcing that 33 same-sex couples will marry on television with the world as their witnesses.  

The idea for the mass wedding was that of longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, who told the New York Times that the segment was a reflection of his own personal beliefs (he has a gay daughter). "I would not want to make a broad statement that it represents the views of the academy or the CBS television network," he said.  

As Latifah oversees the ceremony, Madonna – rocking a cane, a white suit and a cowboy hat – hobbles onto the stage looking like a yoga enthusiast version of the Dowager Countess to sing a few verses of Open Your Heart to Me. 

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Members of the audience exchange vows during the Grammys Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
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Congratulations Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
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A happy couple Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images


Cyndi Lauper presented most of the awards at the pre-telecast ceremony this evening. While Lauper counts Girls Just Want To Have Fun among her most well known hits, the Grammy awards committee failed to ensure women had fun in some major categories this evening. The eight awards split among the rock and rap categories went exclusively to men, mostly because the rock category had only one nomination for a woman-led group and there were only three nominations that could have been shared with women songwriters and featured vocalists in the rap category. 

Click through for a partial list of the mostly male winners. 

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Musician Cyndi Lauper poses backstage with her award for best musical theatre album. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Photograph: LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS


Record of the year: Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams. 

That all just feels a little wrong, right?

The beautifully beautiful Jared Leto introduces a Lou Reed tribute with an affectless recital of Walk on the Wild Side. Let us henceforth ban all Jared Leto appearances at awards shows.

Classical Chinese pianist Lang Lang opens with a tempestuous prelude to Metallica's One. The mix is horrible and the performance of this late-80s anthem is sluggish. Lang Lang is the brightest spot of the affair. And we have no idea what this has to do with Lou Reed. 

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Yeah, hi, Jared. Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images



Song of the year: Royals - Lorde.

Well now we all know Lorde is not her birth name. Congratulations to Ella Yelich O'Connor and co-songwriter Joel Little. 

Lorde became the third-youngest Grammy winner in history earlier tonight when she won the best pop solo performance award. LeAnn Rhymes and Luis Miguel hold the top two spots for the awards they won at age 14. 

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Lorde wrote Royals when she was 15 Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Royals is a great song with an undeniable hook and a much easier message to digest than Blurred Lines. The success of this anti-bling anthem is well-deserved. Lorde has an authenticity and a voice that is rare in fully matured musicians, much less in a 17 year old.

"We made this song originally to give away for free," Lorde's co-songwriter Joel Little tells the audience. What a year it's been.

Just ask Lorde herself, who wrote the song when she was 15: "Thank you to everyone who has let this song explode because it's been mental," she said.


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Stevie Wonder performs Get Lucky with Daft Punk Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Photograph: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS

"Bonjour, people of Earth," Neil Patrick Harris says by way of introducing Daft Punk. The duo performs their monster hit "Get Lucky" with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rogers. Stevie's mic doesn't appear to be working at first, and he's playing an iPad or something. Daft Punk themselves are in a separate DJ booth twiddling with nobs that surely don't do anything. How do we know who's really under those masks? My money's on Elvis and Biggie.

The song segues into Chic's Le Freak (Freak Out), which Rogers played on. They also segued into a Stevie semi-deep cut in Another Star. Whatever else happens tonight, though, we're pretty sure Pharrell, already one of the luckiest guys in the industry this year, doesn't need to stay up too late tonight to get lucky – hat nothwithstanding.

What if Daft Punk is actually Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

— Jordyn Taylor (@jordynhtaylor) January 27, 2014



Best country album: Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves.


Is this the cast from Walking Dead? No! Wait!

Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson are still alive! A trio of the last surviving original outlaws, it's great to see the old guard still holding it down. Not sure Blake Shelton is cut from the same black cloth as these legends. But hearing them all do Haggard's right wing anthem "Oakie from Muscogee" is a nice enough moment, but we wonder if anyone in the audience has actually familiarized themselves with the lyrics. ALSO LOOK AT THE BASS PLAYER'S BEARD! 

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Nice set. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Still to come tonight: album of the year, record of the year (which is a song, as opposed to album), and song of the year (which is to the single or radio hit off the record). (Note to Grammys: let's come up with some clearer awards categories).


Best pop vocal album: Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars.


A Beatles "reunion"

They've been teasing it all night, and here's Sir Paul McCartney with special guest – surprise! It's Ringo! – and a new song. 

The camera just panned to Yoko, and we're all dealing with Very Complex Feelings right now.

It's kind of neat to see Macca and Ringo sharing the stage again. But Sir Paul's weave is a little distressing and it's embarrassing for everyone to need a second drummer stage right dong the job Ringo can't really do himself but no one minds that much because he's Ringo and he was in that band once. 

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Ringo is aging well. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images


Watching the clock

LL Cool J: ”Really, we’ve only just begun.” Dear god, no. 

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Another hour to go. At least. Photograph: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Photograph: Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP


Looking ahead

Macklemore and Lewis have already won best rap song, best rap performance and best rap album – beating out Jay-Z, Kanye "Yeezus" West and Drake. They deserve it – they had a great year and struck a chord with a lot of people. 

But. Here's hoping Kendrick Lamar's stellar "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" picks up record of the year, for which it's nominated. Lamar is a stunning talent from Compton, California. His flow is sick and the narratives he can weave over tough and gritty but surprisingly melodic beats are often nothing short of breathtaking. 

He stole the show from Imagine Dragons from right out of their lair. Macklemore himself told the hip-hop magazine the Source “we obviously had a massive success on commercial radio and I think that in ways the Heist was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album.” 

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Kendrick Lamar performs onstage Photograph: Kevin Winter/WireImage Photograph: Kevin Winter/WireImage



Best rap/sung collaboration: Holy Grail - Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake.

"Give it up to Ringo Starr," says Jamie Foxx  in a painful English accent, before making an awkward joke about ogling Beyonce – and then handing her husband his trophy for Holy Grail. Mr Knowles thanked God and the universe for conspiring to allow him to win Bey's heart. Then he addressed his daughter, the notorious BIC. "Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you," he chuckled. 



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Tommy Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath introduce a performance by Ringo Star Photograph: Mar Photograph: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS


Ozzy is out. We're honestly not sure what he's saying.

Oh. He's introducing Ringo. Gawd, what year is this again?

Black Sabbath couldn't not laugh their way through the intro to Ringo. Which is fine because we wouldn't have understood a word they said anyway. Ringo on the Grammys is a pity invite. No other way to describe it. If anyone else had released this song in the past 10 years it wouldn’t have done anything. And I’m saying this as someone who likes Ringo and his little photographs.

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They look ... happy? Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images



Best pop solo performance: Royals - Lorde

Lorde just beat Justin Timberlake for best pop solo performance. She's 17, and gosh darn it, people like her. Looking either overwhelmed or underimpressed or both, she says "This is the one thing that I did not expect the most about tonight.” She thanks everyone in their category saying she's been inspired by all of them.



Can't believe security let a baseball umpire from 1875 hop on stage when Dave, Pat and Paul accepted their award. pic.twitter.com/ll06wtiKyp

— Dan McQuade (@dhm) January 27, 2014

Congratulations to Daniel Plainview on his Grammy pic.twitter.com/fqdsnysVJO

— Mark Berman (@themarkberman) January 27, 2014


Nice hat, Pharrell 

Gryffindor or Slytherin? pic.twitter.com/sxIGU3baTl

— Racked National (@Racked) January 27, 2014


Best rock song: Cut Me Some Slack - Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear.

"We wouldn't be here if it weren't for Ringo and for Paul," a beaming Dave Grohl says. Krist Novoselic, awkward to the bitter end, makes sure to interject that they are also indebted to co-nominees Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin as well.

"We knocked this out in two hours," said Grohl. "To me that's what rock and roll is all about." Sir Paul, bless him, is happy to be Sir Paul. 

We are taking advantage of this opportunity to share this video of Dave Grohl performing Tiny Dancer:

Tiny Dancer, a song originally by Elton John. 


We're an hour into a possibly unending event and there is yet to be a wedding. What kind of awards show is this? 

There will be a wedding, hundreds actually, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform Same Love

Queen Latifah will officiate at the nuptials, with pop diva Madonna performing the song with the hip-hop duo and featured vocalist Mary Lambert, the Times said. 

Lewis said that the weddings, including 34 couples of various ages and races, some gay, some straight, "will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing," the report said. "We're serious about this," the Times quoted Ken Ehrlich, the long-time producer of the Grammys, as saying. 

It's a quiet moment here, with John Legend singing, so we're catching up with WNYC's Grammys Bingo card

How horrible to be Legend's wife Christine Teigen, forced to sit in the spotlight as he sings All of Me. Not that the Sports Illustrated model is unaccustomed to the spotlight. But there she sits with a strained smile as he serenades her before an audience of millions. PS: Remember that Steve Martin and Lilly Tomlin movie All of Me? Good times.

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The legend, John Legend Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images


Need a drink yet? Here's a Blurred Lines cocktail recipe

If you’re having a Grammy party and it’s something is missing try making a Blurred Lines cocktail! Here’s all you need:

1½ oz vodka

¼ oz coffee liqueur (like Kahlúa)

¼ oz hazelnut liqueur (like Frangelico)


Soda water

This comes courtesy of People magazine, which says “We Know You Want It.” Wow.

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Robin Thicke, toned down a bit from his last awards show. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Chicago and Robin Thicke are performing, on stage, together. Despite having won Grammys in the past, Chicago has never appeared on the show. "We've performed all kinds of places in our long career. To finally be on the Grammys after not being around when we won is a real thrill," the band told the LA Times.

The smooth jazz-and-soul infused horn lines is a much more natural fit for Thicke's sound and image than, say, any collaboration with Hannah Montana. The band is tight and slick and actually classes up a song that has been in need of some classing up.

Amanda: meanwhile, I looked up at the screen thinking Keith Urban's performance was still Chicago. As a woman born in 1990, this whole thing makes me confused and uncomfortable.

Brian: As a man born in 1975, this makes me confused and uncomfortable, too. 

I kinda wish Chicago had worn foam fingers, stuck out their tongues and tried to hump Robin Thicke. #twerk

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 27, 2014

Katy Perry channels her inner goth Hot Topic bar witch to premiere her new song Dark Horse. She looks like an extra from a mashup of the Crucible and War Horse. The stripper poles on this set piece are brooms. And then, after she pranced around like Stevie Knicks at the Hogwarts prom, they burned her at the stake. Guest rapper Juicy J does his most high profile verse since It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp. 

Perry is known fan of magic in real-life, as evidenced by her appearance in David Blaine's Real or Magic, a special that features Kanye West and Woody Harrelson – together. 

Kanye West and Woody Harrelson, together, I said. 


Best pop duo/group performance: Daft Punk & Pharrell's Get Lucky.

Pharrell, who is having the most ridiculous year of just about anyone else here tonight, accepts his award "on behalf of the robots" and guitarist Niles Rogers. He looks like a Canadian mountie who has just arrested some robot time bandits at the border. Daft Punk has clearly spent a little extra on helmet polish for tonight. 


And now is the moment where we all take a bathroom break. And/or Google Hunter Hayes, nominated for best country solo performance but here performing a new song, "Invisible." Hayes is 22, and is "unbelievably nervous" to debut this song, according to Entertainment Tonight. The song is anodyne, safe and bland. It’ll do fine.

Fun facts, learned from CBS News: he plays 30 instruments, Robert Duvall gave him his first guitar. Also, he five years older than Lorde. The Grammys is starting to look more and more like Nick Jr. 

Here's how a random person from the internet describes him:

BTW Hunter Hayes is the country Bruno Mars. Humunculous with crazy chopz.

— Jody Rosen (@jodyrosen) January 27, 2014

According to Merriam-Webster, Homunculus means "a little man" and "a miniature adult that in the theory of preformation is held to inhabit the germ cell and to produce a mature individual merely by an increase in size." Rosen was probably going for the second one. 


Lorde, a 17-year-old who achieved massive international success in about four months, steps on a small, round stage to perform a stilted version of her megahit Royals. Applause to her for excelling under the pressure, delivering an unexpected rendition of the song and not getting arrested for drunk driving in Miami. 

The live performance video is not online, but it was sort of like this:

Flight of the Conchords are from New Zealand. 

Lorde's Royals was so instantly iconic that newly-minted New York mayor Bill De Blasio used it as his populist campaign and victor song this year. And here is Lorde, all angular and intense, like a latter day Lydia Deetz – from Beetlejuice – ripping her anthem out from inside of her for all of us to enjoy.  

In the Jan 31 issue of Hollywood reporter, the New Zealand teenager said she's "excited for everything that goes along with the day. Seeing a bunch of my friends, dressing up. Performing will be really fun … It sounds like proid on 'roids, or something."

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Lorde performs "Royals" Photograph: Mar Photograph: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS


Who wore it better?

Katy Perry and Cyndi Lauper both went with piano chic. Which do you prefer?

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Cyndi Lauper and Katy Perry. Photographs: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (left) and Danny Moloshok/Reuters Photograph: Getty images


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are take home another award – this one for best new artist

Macklemore thanks his fans and explains how they went around the system and did not use a traditional label. They are promptly given the music cue to get offstage. 


Grammys host LL Cool J is opening the show and he did say "Mama said knock you out," so all remains stable in the world. He then made some global comment about how everyone comes from different places, like  Alan Robin Thicke in the Hollywood Hills and Kendrick Lamar in Compton. LL Cool J did not mention that he also released a song called Accidental Racist. 

LL Cool J's opening speech is very much a rehash of last year's. It wasn't broke, apparently, so no one fixed it. We got to hear about the unifying power of music. We heard how Robin Thicke was moved by music in the Hollywood Hills much as Kendrick Lamar was moved by music in Compton.

"Music has the power to bring us together like nothing else in thus world," he said. "Music unleashes us -- wherever we are and whoever we dream about being. I" know this because music did that for me in my life."  

Daft Punk, he said, was touched by music in France. And there they are, in polished They dreamed their robot dreams and now, here they are, highly polished in their future helmets. Which leads us all to wonder: What does the inside of their masks smell like at the end of the night?

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Daft Punk arrive. We think. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images


The academy knows what it's doing. It opens with Beyonce singing Drunk In Love – the hottest star on earth right now fresh off a stealth record release. She's very Sally Bowles right now. All Cabaret tights, wet hair and ass. This, along with XO is one of the strongest songs on the album.

Oh and here’s Mr Knowles, delivering his verse from the album. Jay-Z has been phoning in his verses lately. They’ve been tired, sluggish and complacent. But Beyonce is absolutely at the top of her game. (Just look at T-Swift boogie). And Jay can afford to coast for a minute.

The Grammys comes out with guns a-blazing, it will be interesting to see if they can manage to not fizzle. 

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Beyonce performs Drunk In Love.  Photograph: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS


We know you were waiting with bated breath to learn the best album notes winner (It's Neil Tesser – yes really). News on that category and more of the pre-ceremony award winners below: 

Neil Tesser won best album notes for his work on Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered and Expanded). This is very exciting for Neil who was nominated once before. It is not so exciting for Alec Palao and Sean Wilentz, who had also received their second nomination in the category

Best instrumental arrangement goes to Gordon Goodwin for On Green Dolphin Street, which gets my award for best song name in Grammy history. 

• A tie in the best world music album category! Gipsy Kings' Savor Flamenco tied with Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Live: Singing For Peace Around The World. 

• Music from the film Skyfall took two awards: best score soundtrack for visual media and best song written for visual media. Thomas Newman composes the score and Adele sings the song she cowrote with Paul Epworth. 

Adele's Skyfall


Neil Patrick Harris is speaking to the "dapper" Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. Harris is president of The Academy of Magical Arts

The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. has been and will continue to be the premier organization in the world dedicated to the art of MAGIC.

We are an organization which promotes the art of magic, encourages fellowship and maintains the highest ethical standards. We provide a friendly environment where members and their guests can enjoy the art and each other’s company.

Harris is officially there to talk up the last eight episodes of How I Met Your Mother, on host network CBS. He also, dashingly, teases an image of his upcoming musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Doogie is effortlessly charming and we will love him forever for his Harold and Kumar cameos and for Dr Horrible. But nothing will surprass the time he got hammered on margaritas on Instagram and invited us all along for the ride. Stars, they're just like us!

Oh Neil


Hours before the telecast, most of the 2014 Grammy awards were handed out at the pre-show ceremony in Los Angeles. Cyndi Lauper, clad in a piano key skirt, hosted the event – and won an award herself for Kinky Boots. Gallery of the exciting event here

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Kacey Musgraves, winner of the best country song award for Merry Go 'Round Photograph: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Photograph: Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/AP


The Grammys is, above all else, a night of performances. Watching the red carpet show, with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest chatting up American Idol judge Keith Urban, underscores a slight irony: eight years ago the ratings for the Grammys was half of that for the evening's episode of American Idol on rival network Fox. The public had spoken – and they wanted spectacle.

The academy listened. Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy since 2012, struck on the idea to pair musicians in surprising and unorthodox couplings. Hence Elton John and Eminem in 2006 and Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder tonight. “It’s a television program,” Portnow told Rolling Stone. “And not all great music makes great television.”

We’ll see if tonight’s lineup proves Portnow right for all the wrong reasons. This evening's broadcast boasts no fewer than 21 performances. Here's what the long and winding road has in store for all of us:

  • Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert in tribute to Phil Everly

  • Sara Bareilles with 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King

  • Gary Clark Jr

  • Daft Punk with Nile Rodgers (of Chic), Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder and the RAM (Random Access Memories) session players:  Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr.

  • Merle Haggard, 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Blake Shelton

  • Hunter Hayes

  • Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons

  • John Legend

  • Lorde

  • Madonna with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert

  • Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who as members of the Beatles will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Metallica and Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang

  • Kacey Musgraves

  • Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham in a rousing finale

  • Katy Perry

  • Pink and Nate Ruess (of Fun.)

  • Taylor Swift

  • Robin Thicke and Grammy-winning group Chicago

  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

  • Keith Urban

– BB


And we're off

The pre-telecast ceremony is well under way, and if you're into awards shows without the pomp, you can watch it by clicking this link

Here are some of the "highlights" so far. 

Led Zeppelin won best rock album for Celebration Day, the live album recorded in 2007. Cyndi Lauper accepted it on their behalf. It is 2013 2014. 

• Best spoken world album to Stephen Colbert for America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't. 

Kathy Griffin won best comedy album for Calm Down Gurrl. 

• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' won best rap performance, beating Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Their song Thrift Shop also won best rap song – again defeating the people mentioned above, except Eminem. If you are upset about this, I'm sorry to tell you they won best rap album too. 

A closer look at the Grammy voters who gave best rap album to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. pic.twitter.com/Oy0jtjGV53

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 26, 2014



Why hello there, and welcome to the Guardian's 2014 Grammys live blog. Brian Braiker and Amanda Holpuch are here to give you the wine-soaked commentary, curated Twitter jokes and questionable music puns that you can’t live without.

LL Cool J is hosting the ceremony for the third consecutive time – two years after his respectful hosting job in the wake of Whitney Houston’s unexpected death and less than a year after the April 2013 release of his remarkably questionable song Accidental Racist, the country ditty he made with Brad Paisely.

This ceremony also presents an opportunity for womankind to be set back a few small steps, as Miley Cyrus victim Robin Thicke eyes the record of the year award for his “kind of rapey” Blurred Lines. And in the four-award rock category, a total of one woman graces a 22-nomination field. Best of luck, Alabama Shakes guitarist and singer Brittany Howard

Aside from such stirring political undertones, dramatic battles will be waged across the 82-award field. With four nominations, can 17-year-old Lorde become the third-youngest Grammy winner ever? Is Jay Z’s performance-art piece, Picasso Baby, going to win the best music video award, defeating more traditional nominees? And which two-time nominee, Alec Palao, Neil Tessler or Sean Wilentz, will finally take home the award for best album notes?

As for the customary unexpected collaborations, we've been promised Daft Punk with Stevie Wonder, Chicago plus Robin Thicke (yes, him again) and what will hopefully be an adequately adoring tribute to Phil Everly by Miranda Lambert and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong – who is recovering from a substance abuse problem. Organizers said on Friday that Madonna will be in there somewhere too

Join us around 6.30pm ET as we sprint through the 56th annual Grammy awards, wildly throwing out commentary about the night's winners and losers. Please let us know your favorite artists and who is missing from the nominations pile in the comments or by tweeting @GuardianUS



Amanda Holpuch and Brian Braiker

The GuardianTramp

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Britain's reign at the Grammys comes to an end as diversity flourishes | Ben Beaumont-Thomas
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Grammys 2020: who will win the big categories – and who should
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Daft Punk and Lorde win top honours at 2014 Grammy awards
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