Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took a three-trophy haul, as their hit set “The Heist” scored best rap album, while their fizzy bestselling single “Thrift Shop” took best rap performance and (as writers) best rap song. The Seattle team will compete for album of the year, song of the year and best new artist this evening.
Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” was named best dance/electronica album, while the French duo’s engineering team picked up the award for best engineered non-classical album. The pair is up for record and album of the year honors tonight.
Pharrell Williams, the year’s most valuable player for his work on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” drew best non-classical producer honors for his work with Thicke, Jay Z, Jennifer Hudson, Destiny’s Child and Mayer Hawthorne.
Best new artist nominee Kacey Musgraves took a share of the best country song award for “Merry Go ‘Round,” penned with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.
Cyndi Lauper, hostess of the afternoon ceremony, repeated her Tony Awards triumph as “Kinky Boots” was named best musical theater album. It was only Lauper’s second Grammy; she was named best new artist in 1985.
Diva Alicia Keys won her 15th Grammy as “Girl On Fire” was tabbed as best R&B album.
Locked out of the big categories, comeback kid Justin Timberlake took a share of the best R&B song for “Pusher Love Girl,” written with James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon and Timothy Mosley. Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” from which the tune was drawn, has sold 2.4 million units to date.
The video for “Suit and Tie,” Timberlake’s collaboration with Jay Z (the day’s big nominee with nine nods), was selected as best music video.
In the awards for visual media, Adele nabbed her 10th Grammy for her title song for the James Bond pic “Skyfall,” which took an Oscar and a Golden Globe last year; Thomas Newman’s score for the feature was also recognized.
Perennial Grammy fave Dave Grohl’s “Sound City: Reel to Reel,” his doc about a defunct Van Nuys studio, collected a 14th award for the Foo Fighters front man as it won best compilation soundtrack. Grohl previously won as a member of the Foos, Nirvana and Them Crooked Vultures.
While “Radioactive” hitmakers Imagine Dragons nicked best rock performance, the rock field went old-school as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin won for best metal performance and best rock album, for “God Is Dead?” and the live album “Celebration Day,” respectively. It was Zeppelin’s first Grammy recognition and Sabbath’s second trophy.
Actor-bluegrass musician Steve Martin was the recipient of his fifth Grammy for “Love Has Come For You,” a composition authored with Edie Brickell that was selected best Americana roots song. Emmylou Harris took home her 13th Grammy for “Old Yellow Moon,” her collaboration with former bandmate Rodney Crowell, which was selected best Americana album.
Trumpeter and A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert won his seventh statue for “Steppin’ Out,” named best instrumental album. Composer-arranger Clare Fischer received his second consecutive posthumous Grammy, as “Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra” won as best instrumental composition.
Drummer-bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington became the first woman to collect the best jazz instrumental album award, for her “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.”
Veteran engineer Al Schmitt won his 23rd statuette for his work on Paul McCartney’s “Live Kisses,” named best surround sound album. He received his first in 1963. Another control room vet, Bob Ludwig, took his fifth award for his work on “Charlie is My Darling,” the year’s best historical album.
McCartney won his 17th Grammy, as “Live Kisses” took best music film. The ex-Beatle is scheduled to appear on tonight’s telecast with former bandmate Ringo Starr.
Afternoon presenter Tye Tribbett garnered two Grammys for best gospel album (“Greater Than [Live]”) and best gospel song (“If He Did It Before…Same God”).
In the classical categories, “Winter Morning Walks” collected two Grammys, for composer Maria Schneider and vocal soloist Dawn Upshaw.
The p.m. ceremony featured performances by the Larry Batiste Orchestra featuring Summer Horns, La Santa Cecilia (who scored best Latin rock, urban or alternative album honors for “Treinta Dias”), Roomful of Teeth (best chamber music/small ensemble performance winner, for their self-titled release), Hiatus Kaiyote and Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite (best blues album winners for “Get Up!”).