Grammys 'Get Lucky' and celebrate 'Same Love'

Posted: January 28, 2014

HOW GAY (and lucky) was the 56th annual Grammy Awards celebration?

Very happy indeed, as the celebrants for "Same (sex) Love" (and "Thrift Shop" music making) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won the majority of (seven) awards for which they were nominated. And French pop duo Daft Punk made the Grammy voting gang go daffy.

Rapper Macklemore (a/k/a Ben Haggerty) and producer Lewis also pointedly stole the performance thunder from show openers Beyonce and Jay Z ("Drunk In Love"), a witchy/spell casting Katy Perry ("Dark Horse") and high-flying Pink (once Bucks County's Alecia Moore), among others. In a production stunt owing as much to reality shows, Macklemore and Lewis' TV rendering of "Same Love" with vocalist Mary Lambert and semisurprise Madonna played out with an onstage marriage ceremony for 33 (!) couples - gay and straight, young and old alike - officiated by Queen Latifah.

Macklemore's sis was among the hetero-hitching crew, although the rapper held back from tying the knot with his newly introduced-to-the-world fiancee Tricia Davis.

Even in the webcast "preshow" before the Grammys went network, Macklemore and Lewis had already claimed all three rap-realm Grammys for which they were eligible - best performance and song (both for "Thrift Shop") plus best rap album for "The Heist," in the latter category shutting out the likes of Jay Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West.

Then, fresh out of of the prime-time gate, M&L nabbed the New Artist grammaphone from the clutches of Lamar, Kacey Musgraves, James Blake and Ed Sheeran.

But the guys couldn't pitch a perfect game. Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" bested M&RL's "Can't Hold Us" for best music video. Timberlake likewise had a piece of the best rap/sung collaboration with Jay Z for "Holy Grail."

Also getting the regal treatment on this increasingly global Grammys were New Zealand teen Lorde (scoring best pop vocal and song of the year for "Royals").

And how about Parisian popsters Daft Punk. The robotic helmet heads took pop duo-group honors for the infectious "Get Lucky" with vocal collaborator Pharrell Williams (also Grammy producer of year) on hand to speak up for them - and thank their moms. The French popsters also exported their second dance/electronica album plum for "Random Access Memory" then helped their big team of producers/engineers to win Record of the Year for the self-same "Get Lucky." And for cappers, won Album of the Year.

Bruno Mars, Hawaii's gift to blue-eyed soul (and Super Bowl 2014 halftime attraction), plucked pop vocal album honors for "Unorthodox Jukebox."

Closer to home, Camden's contemporary-gospel titan Tye Tribbett was a two-time (gospel album and song) winner and did nicely in preshow hosting duties. Elkins Park-spawned trumpeter Randy Brecker led the otherwise made-in-Poland project "Night in Calisia," Grammy winner for large jazz ensemble.

Also in the preshow, Brooklyn boys Vampire Weekend rolled out of bed to claim the alt-rock album honor, and Imagine Dragons nailed best rock performance for "Radioactive" - later performed live for the world with a multi-multi-bleeped Kendrick Lamar. Hope he enjoyed the performance.

Country newcomer Musgraves made a much better prime time impression with her be-what- (and with-whom) you-want twang anthem "Follow Your Arrow." Early on, the cutie took home the country song Grammy (a co-write) for "Merry Go Round" and then (hoorah!) grabbed best country album for "Same Trailer, Different Park." When record sales are tallied next week, we're betting Kacey's numbers will bump up better than any other winner.

Longtime "True Colors" celebrant Cyndi Lauper, oft- fumbling as hostess of the preshow, was still rewarded as composer of the drag-fashion-themed musical "Kinky Boots."

Women also ruled in soul as Barbados-born Rihanna was "Unapologetic" for top urban contemporary album and Alicia Keys claimed best R&B album.



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