You knew it was going to be a good night for music when hip hop's premiere power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé started the show. The entertainment juggernauts had the star-studded crowd in awe early with an oh-so-sexy performance of Queen Bey's hit single, "Drunk in Love."
When the smoke cleared it was an otherwise quiet night for Hov, who came into the evening with nine nominations but left with only one award in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his Justin Timberlake-assisted hit "Holy Grail."
The same can't be said for producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams, who continued to show the world that he could dominate any genre he so chooses. After a monster year of putting out No. 1 hits, P took home Producer of the Year honors. He also snagged Record of the Year for his part in the Daft Punk mega hit "Get Lucky," which he performed along with the French duo and surprise guest Stevie Wonder.
The Neptunes' fearless frontman proved that it was more than luck as he also won the coveted Album of the Year honors, which he received for his contributions to the robotic phenoms' latest album, Random Access Memories.
Grammy night's other big winners were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as the Seattle based duo also won four awards including three in the rap category and one for Best New Artist. The "Thrift Shop" hustlers put a punctuation on the evening with a live rendition of their controversial hit, "Same Love."
The performance took on historic significance as Queen Latifah (certified by the state of California) performed a wedding ceremony, marrying 34 same sex couples alongside the rapper/producer team. Madonna joined the performance with her own equal rights anthem "Open Your Heart" to an overwhelming crowd response.
While fan-favorite Kendrick Lamar may have gone home empty handed in his first year as a Grammy nominee the good kid undoubtedly made his hometown of Compton, CA, proud. K. Dot teamed up with alt rock band Imagine Dragons for an unforgettable mashup performance of "m.A.A.d city" with the Las Vegas band's breakout hit "Radioactive." Kendrick, who was named GQ's Rapper of the Year was nominated in seven different categories for his universally acclaimed major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city.
Overall, it was another memorable night for music and yet another example of just how much hip hop has evolved over the years.
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