By Christa Speranza
Assistant Copy Editor
The fashion, the artists, and most importantly, the music—these elements represent each and every year of the Grammy Awards. On Sunday, Jan. 26, the 56th Annual Grammys were all about Daft Punk’s latest and critically acclaimed album, “Random Access Memories,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love,” and rapper/ producer Pharrell William’s eccentric brown hat.
Winning not only Album of the Year, but also the coveted Record of the Year for “Get Lucky,” the electro-dance duo known as Daft Punk were not hesitant on their big comeback. “I really liked Daft Punk and Pharrell’s performance with Stevie Wonder, but Pharell killed it on stage,” said Alexis Cobb, a junior Childhood Education major.
Moving on to the fashion statements made on the red carpet, it seemed as though the “lucky” musical artist Pharrell took inspiration from a traditional Canadian Park Ranger; he donned a red Adidas jacket, jeans, and dirty worker boots with a brown headpiece to match. Pharrell’s hat was one of the night’s top-trending topics onTwitter.
Some other fashion faux-pas included Madonna’s Ralph Lauren tuxedo, Paula Patton’s zebra dress by Nicholas Jebrang, and Paris Hilton in Haus of Milani.
More surprises unfolded as Beyoncé took the stage for the first time after releasing her self-titled, visual secret album. The “Drunk in Love” singer sported a sexy bob with a transparent outfit to match. On the red carpet, the fierce lady was wearing a beautiful Michael Costello lace gown.
Other fashionable ladies included Taylor Swift, who rocked a glimmering Gucci dress, Katy Perry’s musically inspired Valentino and Alicia Keys in a plunging custom blue Armani gown. The men of today’s music were also looking fine in their threads, such as John Legend, Jay-Z, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who took home the Grammy for Best New Artist.
Performing alongside Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on stage were singers Madonna and Mary Lambert. As the duo performed one of their biggest hits, “Same Love,” actress and ordained minister Queen Latifah helped marry 33 straight and same-sex couples right outside of the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center.
“Macklemore’s performance was really cool,” said Katie Pallini, a sophmore English Education major, “I was really surprised that Queen Latifah was an ordained minister—that came out of nowhere.” This was definitely one of the most memorable moments of the nights.
Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, Pink, Metallica, and Paul McCartney with Ringo Starr all gave amazing displays of their talents on stage in between each award given. To finish out the award ceremony, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac completely blew rock fans and aficionados out of the water by performing “Copy of A” and “My God is the Sun,” both songs from respective group’s Grammy nominated albums.