From Queen Latifah presiding over more than 30 marriage ceremonies to Taylor Swift's cringeworthy dancing, this year's Grammys were a night to remember.
Daily Beacon contributor Jonathan Garner analyzed the results and provided a recap with commentary in case you missed music's biggest night.
Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Macklemore and Lewis had nothing but success in 2013 with mega-hits like "Thrift Shop," "Same Love" and "Can't Hold Us." I'm going to say this was definitely the right pick – especially when you consider the fact that they also won best rap album and best rap song; it seems fitting that they should have won this award. If you have the best song and album in your genre in the same year as a new artist, you are indeed the best. Much love to Kendrick Lamar though.
Song of the Year: "Royals" by Lorde
Lorde has made it on the scene the past year in a big way, capped off by this signature win. It's hard to argue this one. I personally have gotten sick of hearing this song on the radio a million times, but if it's getting played a million times on the radio, you are probably doing something right.
Record of the Year: "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Congrats to Daft Punk, Imma let you finish, but "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons was one of the best records of all time. Seriously, it was a let down that Daft Punk won this. I guess I just prefer a record that isn't made by Daft Punk. Oh well.
Album of the Year: "Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk
Mumford and Sons won the coveted album of the year award last year, but this year it was won by Daft Punk. It definitely says something when you can beat the likes of Taylor Swift ("RED") and Macklemore ("The Heist"). With album of the year and record of the year, Daft Punk had a superb night to say the least, and we got to see Pharrell's hat almost constantly throughout the evening.
Other notable awards won Sunday: Best R&B album was not surprisingly won by Alicia Keys this year. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration was won by Jay Z and Justin Timberlake for their song "Holy Grail."
Rihanna didn't leave empty-handed this year, winning Best Urban Contemporary Album for her album entitled, "Unapologetic."
Alas, another Grammys has passed, filled with surprises and letdowns that lead us to question – is something wrong with the awards system? Do you agree or disagree? Tell @UTKBeaconArts what you think using the hashtag #beacongrammys.
Jonathan Garner is a senior in communications studies. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.