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French duo Daft Punk recruited a number of stars for their show-stopping Grammy performance.
Fresh off his producer of the year Grammy win, Pharrell Williams — with his headline-making hat — was joined by musical legends Nile Rodgers (of Chic) and Stevie Wonder for their rendition of Daft Punk’s summer disco anthem “Get Lucky.”
After Williams and Wonder each had their turn at verses of the radio hit, Daft Punk — dressed in pristine white helmets and suits — was revealed behind the glass of the makeshift recording studio set to add even more pep to the performance.
Almost flawlessly, the beat transitioned into Chic’s “Le Freak,” Wonder’s “Another Star” and remnants of Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”
Among the stars grooving to the performance: Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Jay Z, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Bruno Mars, Marc Anthony, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, with the rest of the Staples Center crowd also on its feet.
Following the performance, Rodgers reminisced about sharing the stage with Wonder. “Normally, I’m never at a loss for words, but this is a shock for me tonight. Getting a chance to play with Stevie Wonder was all I expected. I’m really blown away,” Rodgers said in the press room.
Earlier in the evening, Daft Punk took the stage to accept the award for pop/duo performance for “Get Lucky,” though the members did not speak — instead allowing Williams (and his headline-making mountie hat) to speak.
“On behalf of the robots,” Williams began after Daft Punk gestured for him to walk up to the mic. After thanking the Recording Academy and the other nominees, Williams said, on behalf of Daft Punk. “Of course, they want to thank their families,” Williams added, which prompted laughter from the star-studded audience.
At the end of the nearly four-hour show, Daft Punk took home the night’s biggest prize album of the year with the duo embracing each other in a long hug. Their celebratory hug prompted several hashtags on Twitter, including #RobotHug. Following the show, Williams also came to realize that his Vivienne Westwood hat has become the night’s pop-culture moment, learning that it had its own Twitter and Instagram accounts.
In August, Daft Punk was scheduled to make a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, but their “surprise” was spoiled by Stephen Colbert (who also snagged a Grammy on Sunday evening), after they were no-shows on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
Daft Punk is nominated for several Grammys, including album of the year (Random Access Memories), record of the year (“Get Lucky”), dance/electronica album and pop duo/group vocal performance.
Roy Trakin and Shirley Halperin contributed to this report.
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