Beyonce kicked off the CBS telecast by performing "Drunk in Love" atop a black chair on a revolving platform, wearing an all-black ensemble, smoky eyes and a wet bob. Jay Z later emerged in a black tux to rap his verse in the Beyonce track, and the two finished off the midtempo jam holding hands and dancing together.
"Music gave her the perfect way to express whatever she was going through," said LL Cool J of Taylor Swift during his opening monologue. "Because Taylor shared her truth, a new generation of young women are growing up, ready to write about whatever guys are doing wrong to them – so gentlemen, behave yourselves." The Red singer welcomed the lighthearted jab, giving her guest a high-five.
The rap duo from Seattle won best new artist following their phenomenal success with hits like "Same Love," "Can't Hold Us" and "Thrift Shop." Earlier in the day they also took home awards for best rap album, best rap performance and best rap song for "Thrift Shop."
Hunter Hayes took a seat at a grand piano to debut his new single "Invisible" on the Staples Center stage. The country singer performed the ballad with encouraging quotes from the likes of Steve Jobs, Johnny Depp and Lady Gaga.
Katy Perry Channels Witchcraft
The singer took the stage with Juicy J to perform "Dark Horse," shedding a purple cape to reveal a black bustier with glowing red outlines. The performance was accessorized with giant broomsticks, towering trees and a burning at the stake.
Lorde made her Grammy debut by performing her breakout hit "Royals" at the Staples Center. With projections of statues behind her and a rhythmic opening sequence, the dark-lipped singer took the stage with her signature mane tamed and wearing a sleeveless white button-up with black trousers.
Daft Punk won the Grammy for best pop duo or group performance for "Get Lucky" -- which featured Pharrell Williams and was co-written by Williams and Nile Rodgers -- but Williams hilariously accepted the award for all. "On the behalf of the robots," he began after Daft Punk gestured for him to take the microphone. The producer thanked the Recording Academy and acknowledged the talented fellow nominees in the category. "Of course, they want to thank their families," he said on behalf of the duo, to laughter from the audience.
Chicago and Robin Thicke took the stage together to perform a medley of the band's hits before easing into Thicke's "Blurred Lines."
Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr.
Keith Urban teamed up with Gary Clark Jr. for a guitar-heavy performance of the American Idol judge's "Cop Car." Clark was a winner earlier in the night for best traditional R&B performance.
John Legend Performs
John Legend took to the piano to perform his hit ballad "All of Me" while his wife, Chrissy Teigen,watched from the front row.
Taylor Swift Takes the Stage
Taylor Swift performed "All Too Well" while seated at a grand piano and wearing an embellished gray dress. The singer, nominated for album and record of the year, flipped her hair wildly during the song's climactic bridge.
Pink opened her performance with a live version of her "Try" music video, complete with the singer spinning over the audience on aerial silks, bouncing on bungee cords and battling a dancer. She then reunited with fun. frontman Nate Ruess to perform their hit duet, "Just Give Me a Reason."
The Beatles member performed "Photograph," the single from his 1973 album complete with black-and-white photos projected behind him.
Jay Z's Shoutout to Blue Ivy
Jay Z delivered one of the best quotes of the night, making a rare reference to his daughter Blue Ivy as he accepted the award for best rap/sung collaboration for "Holy Grail" with Justin Timberlake. "I want to tell Blue that 'Look, daddy got a gold sippy cup for you!'"
The artists joined forces for a mashup of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," for which they won the best rock performance Grammy, with Kendrick Lamar's "m.A.A.d City," off of the rapper's seven-times-nominated Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. The band and rapper -- dressed in white -- rocked out together on a smoke-filled stage, strobe lights blazing.
Kacey Musgraves also played with light when performing "Follow Your Arrow," thanks to her light-up cowboy boots and embellished dress. The best country album winner's band was outfitted in matching light-up jackets, and they were surrounded by glowing cacti props in pink, green and red.
Paul McCartney took to a colorfully painted Magical Mystery Tour piano while Ringo Starr manned the drum set for a performance "Queenie Eye," McCartney's new song. After the performance, the two former Beatles took a bow while holding hands and shared a hug.
Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson kicked off the performance with "Highwayman," with Blake Shelton joining Merle Haggard for his hit "Okie from Muskogee." The four musicians then joined for "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," which Nelson recorded with Waylon Jennings in 1978.
Daft Punk's TV Return
Daft Punk performed on television for the first time in six years, taking the stage with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers (of Chic) and Stevie Wonder for their rendition of summer anthem "Get Lucky," plus a few phrases of Chic's "Le Freak" and Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." After Williams and Wonder each had their turn at verses of the catchy song, the duo -- dressed in white helmets and suits -- was revealed behind the glass of the makeshift recording studio set.
Metallica teamed up with pianist Lang Lang for an interesting take on their 1989 song "One." This version of the song -- inspired by the anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun -- seamlessly combined guitar shredding and classical piano runs.
Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson
Though not listed as performers for the evening's awards show, Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson took advantage of their momentary mic time by singing a few riffs of each other's songs. The Aerosmith frontman broke out into Robinson's "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" while Robinson sang a line from "Dude Looks Like a Lady" before presenting the record of the year Grammy to Daft Punk for "Get Lucky."
Macklemore, Madonna and Marriage
As Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed "Same Love" with Mary Lambert and jazz artist Trombone Shorty, 33 couples were simultaneously married in the aisles of Staples Center, with Queen Latifah officiating. Madonna then joined to sing a few bars of "Open Your Heart." Ringo Starr was overheard saying to Paul McCartney, "Let's all renew our vows," and McCartney then shook the hands of every couple that walked by.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert performed "When Will I Be Loved" by the Everly Brothers after an in memoriam segment that paid tribute to the song’s writer, Phil Everly.
Album of the Year
Daft punk engaged in a long embrace before accepting the album of the year Grammy for Random Access Memories, the first dance album to win album of the year since Saturday Night Fever. Still, it was an opportunity to praise others. "I just got a message from the robots, and what they wanted me to say was, as elegant and as classy as the Grammy has ever been is the moment when we saw those wonderful marriages," said Paul Williams of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis'performance. Of Daft Punk, he added. "They sail on a ship called generosity."
Closing Number Cut Off
Worlds collided to close the show -- audiences rocked out to a supergroup performance from Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, who shared the best rock song Grammy for "Cut Me Some Slack." Unfortunately, the performance was cut off, of whichRecording Academypresident Neil Portnow said, "We save the end slot for something that is a bit of a jam, because you can have the energy go, and then it's just a matter of the clock."
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