Daft Punk took home the Album of the Year award at the 56th Annual Grammys tonight for their funky nostalgia trip Random Access Memories. The competition was stiff this year, with fellow contenders Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Sara Bareilles coming from multiple corners of the industry.
The French outfit's principle competition seemed to be Macklemore as the festivities wore on; the rapper won four Grammys, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for The Heist. Daft Punk, for their part, won five of their own, including Best Dance / Electronica Album and Record of the Year.
"Two robots called me and asked me to make an album."
Random Access Memories was a massive artistic undertaking, involving nine collaborators — including guitarist Nile Rodgers, who joined the robots at the awards — and fashion by Yves Saint Laurent. During the acceptance speech, Grammy winner and collaborator Paul Williams admitted, "Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there. And then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album."