Grammys: Daft Punk Takes Off Helmets, Celebrates Big Wins With Star-Studded Dance Party
Daft Punk followed their Grammy wins for album and record of the year with an exclusive, star-studded dance party at the Park Plaza Hotel on Sunday night. The electronic duo took over two floors of the venue for a bash that featured a light-up disco dance floor and multiple open bars, serving Perrier-Jouet champagne and Red Bull. The A-list crowd consisted of everyone from Madonna to Stevie Wonder to Jay Z and Beyonce to Paul McCartney, all of whom grooved in celebration with the band.
Chris Holmes, McCartney's opening tour DJ, kicked off the night and later Daft Punk themselves took off their famous helmets and took over the turntables, playing a eclectic mix of electronica and '80s hits like David Bowie's "Let’s Dance." Daft Punk later turned the music over to DJ Premier, who shouted to the crowd, "Make some noise if you went to the Grammys tonight!" He added, "We're here for Daft Punk! Congratulations to Daft Punk for winning record of the year and album of the year."
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Other stars in attendance included Beck, Jared Leto, Chris Pine, Aziz Ansari, Pharrell Williams, Questlove, Trent Reznor, Billie Joe Armstrong, members of Vampire Weekend, Joaquin Phoenix, Skrillex and Ellen Page. Wonder, along with his family, were among the first to arrive and spent the evening seated in a VIP booth by the dance floor. Madonna arrived with her kids, followed shortly by Lorde and a massive entourage. Jay Z and Beyonce showed up midway through the party and took over their own VIP section. The couple danced happily to DJ Premier's set and were seen kissing several times throughout the evening. McCartney spent much of the night on the dance floor alongside Pine, Bonnie McKee and other elated partygoers. Columbia GM and executive vp Joel Klaiman was also among those celebrating Daft Punk's multiple Grammy wins.
According to a source, Daft Punk funded the majority of the party themselves. The band's performance at the Grammys with Wonder and Williams was their first live rendition of hit single "Get Lucky," and there have been very few events involving the duo in several years, particularly since they haven't toured recently. Last evening's party, which extended late into the morning, represented the pair's first real celebration of last year's album Random Access Memories. Despite unfounded rumors of a live performance with Madonna at the party, the focus of the night was the light-up dance floor and those dancing on it.
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Daft Punk were awarded Grammys for album of the year and best dance/electronic album for Random Access Memories, record of the year and best pop duo/group performance for "Get Lucky" and best engineered album, non-classical -- winning in all categories in which they received nominations. The duo presently have no tour dates booked for 2014.