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Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk & Nile Rodgers

*(Via LA Times) – French electronic duo Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” was named album of the year on Sunday to cap the 56th Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy voters singling out the dance-minded collection over nominated albums by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, rapper Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and pop-country queen Taylor Swift.

The group also collected record of the year honors for “Get Lucky,” its romantically frisky collaboration with R&B producers-performers Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

Macklemore & Lewis, who delivered a breakthrough hit album, “The Heist,” fueled by hit singles “Thrift Shop” and a gay-rights anthem, “Same Love,” took four awards, including new artist and three rap category awards. “Same Love” played out in a performance by Macklemore and guest vocalists Madonna and Mary Lambert while singer-actress Queen Latifah presided over the nuptials.

“First and foremost, I want to thank our fans, the people that got on us on this stage,” rapper Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, said in accepting with producer Lewis. “Before there was any media, before there was any buzz … it spread organically through them, and without them, there would be no us.”

Lorde collected song of the year honors for “Royals,” a pointed study in class consciousness she and songwriting partner Joel Little wrote just to see if they could attract anyone’s attention.

beyonce & jay z - grammysThe opening performance by Beyonce of her “Drunk In Love,” with hubby Jay Z providing the midsong rap, was bleeped three times by network censors for expletives in the lyrics of her ode to steamy married sex. Lamar’s number with Imagine Dragons also was bleeped several times for language during their pyrotechnic-filled collaboration.

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Here’s the list of winners:

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis *WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

See photos: Grammy Awards Red Carpet Arrivals

Best Pop Group/Duo Performance
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and Pharrell *WINNER

“Just Give Me a Reason” by P!nk and Nate Ruess
“Stay” by Rihanna feat. Mickey Echo
“Blurred Lines” feat. T.I. and Pharrell
“Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake and Jay Z

Best Rock Song
“Ain’t Messin ‘Round” by Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
“Cut Me Some Slack” by Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear *WINNER
“Doom And Gloom” by The Rolling Stones
“God Is Dead?” by Black Sabbath
“Panic Station” by Muse

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles
“Royals” by Lorde *WINNER
“When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars
“Roar” by Katy Perry
“Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake

Also read: Grammys: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Sweep Early Rap Awards, Win Best New Artist

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Power Trip” by J.Cole featuring Miguel
“Part II” (On The Run) by Jay Z featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake *WINNER
“Now Or Never” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” by Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd

Best Pop Vocal Album
“Paradise” by Lana Del Rey
“Pure Heroine” by Lorde
“Unorthodox Jukebox” by Bruno Mars *WINNER
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke
“The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience” by Justin Timberlake

Best Country Album
“Night Train” by Jason Aldean
“Two Lanes of Freedom” by Tim McGraw
“Same Trailer Different Park” by Kacey Musgraves *WINNER
“Based on a True Story …” by Blake Shelton
“Red” by Taylor Swift

Also read: Grammys: Anti-Materialism Anthems ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Royals’ Thrive 

Song of the Year
“Just Give me A Reason” by P!nk
“Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars
“Roar” by Katy Perry
“Royals” by Lorde *WINNER
“Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert

Record of the Year
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams *WINNER
“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
“Royals” by Lorde
“Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams

Album of the Year
“The Blessed Unrest” by Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk *WINNER
“Good Kid M.A.A.D. City” by Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” by Taylor Swift

For the remainder of the 82 total categories, click over to the Grammy website.

The Grammys are determined by about 13,000 voting members. The eligibility period for nominated recordings was Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013.