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Lorde, Macklemore win big at Grammys

Contributing Reporter

Published: Monday, January 27, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 00:01

Macklemore Ryan Lewis

Associated Press

Producer Ryan Lewis and pop star Macklemore swept the rap category at the 54th Grammy Awards.

With a few artists hiding under Pharrell Williams’ hat, mute robots, and a girl from Middle Earth winning big, the Grammys brought unique and unexpected performances and surprising winners Sunday.

The 56th Grammy Award Show opened with a steamy and seductive performance from Beyoncé alongside husband Jay Z. The duo charged the award show with a sensually choreographed dance number to go along with her hit single, “Drunk in Love.”

Yet it was Williams role as Daft Punk’s spokesman and a funky collaboration with Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers that stole the show.

The 40-year old rapper not only rocked the stage but brought home a few Grammy awards for producer of the year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for his collaboration with Daft Punk, who also reeled in Album of the Year.

“I’m not surprised that Williams won Producer of the Year,” mass communications senior Taylor Perry said. “He’s a genius, and he’s been producing for years. He deserved it.”

However, overshadowing his multiple wins was his choice of fashion accessory. Williams wore a large hat by Vivien Westwood that resembled one similar to the one worn by Smokey the Bear sparking a social media frenzy.

Aside from William’s brilliance on stage and in the studio, Lorde took the spotlight as one of the most decorated newcomer to the Grammy’s.

The New Zealand native won two of the biggest awards of the night including song of the year and pop solo performance for her hit single “Royals.” She also hit the stage to perform a stripped down version of the song.

Live Performances

The Grammy’s live performances displayed a mashup of polarizing genres that included a witchy Katy Perry and an lifeless Metallica.

Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons delivered a performance described by USA today as “hip rock,” in which they seamlessly blended their individual hit singles “Radioactive” and Lamar’s up-beat song, “Man Down.”

 “I enjoyed the mixture of hip hop and rock, and it proved that Kendrick should’ve won over Macklemore,” junior psychology major Joshua Bibbs said. “It was a good balance of both genres, and I really appreciated the performance.”

Macklemore performed his pro-equality song “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert. Queen Latifah and Madonna shared the stage with Macklemore. His performance also served as a symbolic altar for 33 same-sex, heterosexual, and interracial couples’ marriages.

Queen Latifah acted as the officiant of the massive ceremony, asking couples to exchange rings. Even though she is not an ordained minister, she was able to legally officiate the marriages by being sworn in as a commissioner for the state of California.

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