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GRAMMY Rewind: A Silent Daft Punk Accept Their Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY For "Get Lucky" Via Pharrell Williams
Revisit Daft Punk's unconventional acceptance speech from 2014, when their "Get Lucky" collaborator Pharrell Williams spoke for the helmeted duo as they stood silently beside him on stage.
Since their earliest origins in the early '90s, French electronic duo Daft Punk have always gotten creative about their appearance. Citing a desire to keep the focus on the music, they avoid being photographed or showing their faces on screen. In 2001, they adopted their signature robot helmets, and they also typically decline to speak on camera.
Those artistic choices make for some interesting work-arounds when the two DJs — Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — have to give speeches at awards shows, and made for some very memorable moments at the 56th GRAMMY Awards in 2014, when they won four trophies.
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch how Daft Punk handled their acceptance speech for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky," along with their collaborators Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
The helmeted pair made their way to the stage, but quickly gestured to Williams, inviting him to speak on their behalf. The results were humorous — but decidedly memorable — attempts on Williams' part to figure out what the duo would say, if they were to give their own acceptance speech.
"Um, on the behalf of the robots, I'd just like to say...first of all, man, thank you, thank you, thank you," Pharrell said, as one member of Daft Punk blew a kiss to the audience. "In this category, there's a lot of great nominees, and we're honored to be considered here."
He added, "Of course, they wanna thank their families," breaking into a giggle as he gestured in Daft Punk's direction. "And of course, the incredible Nile, and everybody that worked on the record."
It wasn't the only time that Daft Punk would have to enlist someone to give an acceptance speech on their behalf at the GRAMMYs in 2014. They also won Best Dance/Electronica Album and Album of the Year for Random Access Memories, as well as the coveted Record of the Year for "Get Lucky." Williams once again spoke for the duo for Record of the Year, and Paul Williams (one of Daft Punk's many Random Access Memories co-writers) did the honors for their Album of the Year win.
Press play above to watch the unconventional speech in full, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Will Smith Dedicate His 1999 Best Rap Solo Performance GRAMMY To His Son
In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith"
Today, Sept. 25, we celebrate the birthday of the coolest dad—who else? Will Smith! For the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we revisit the Fresh Prince's 1999 GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
In the below video, watch rappers Missy Elliott—donning white leather—and Foxy Brown present the GRAMMY to a stoked Smith, who also opted for an all-leather look. In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith." He dedicates the award to his eldest son, Trey Smith, joking that Trey's teacher said he (then just six years old) could improve his rhyming skills.
The classic '90s track is from his 1997 debut studio album, Big Willie Style, which also features "Miami" and 1998 GRAMMY winner "Men In Black," from the film of the same name. The "Está Rico" rapper has won four GRAMMYs to date, earning his first back in 1989 GRAMMYs for "Parents Just Don't Understand," when he was 20 years old.
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Janelle Monáe: 'Dirty Computer' Track List Features Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams
The R&B singer reveals the inspiration behind each of the 14 tracks on her upcoming studio album
We're just two days out from Janelle Monáe's first studio album since 2013's The Electric Lady, and today she revealed the LP's track list thanks to an interactive website packed with goodies.
The interactive website announcing Dirty Computer's track list requires users to type "I am a dirty computer" before entering. Then we get to the details, including the titles, guest artists and inspirations behind the 14-track album — which are prompted when a user clicks through the tracks on an orange circular backdrop.
Dirty Computer will feature guest appearances by former Beach Boy Brian Wilson ("Dirty Computer"), Zoë Kravitz ("Screwed"), the previously released collaboration with Grimes ("Pynk"), and Pharrell Williams ("I Got The Juice").
We also learn the wide-ranging and often political influences Monáe has channeled for the LP, which range from Bible verses to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., to Barack Obama, Quincy Jones, Prince, and Black Panther and "the vibranium in Wakanda."
The reveal of Dirty Computer's track list also comes one day before the 44-minute sci-fi Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture short film starring Monáe and actor Tessa Thompson that will air exclusively on MTV and BET on April 26. It features a futuristic storyline in a society where citizens are referred to as "computers" and will set the tone for the album's release the following day on April 27.
"Dirty Computer is a near-future story about a citizen who finds love and danger in a totalitarian society. She's an outlaw because she’s being herself," she said, per Billboard. "Overall, I wanted to reflect what's happening in the streets right now, and what might happen tomorrow if we don't band together and fight for love."
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Santana & Rob Thomas Self-Assuredly Win Record Of The Year For "Smooth" In 2000
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch Santana and Rob Thomas win Record Of The Year at the 42nd GRAMMY Awards for "Smooth," the unlikely smash-hit pairing of the classic rock legend and Matchbox Twenty leader
By all accounts, Santana's and Rob Thomas' 1999 megahit "Smooth" almost didn't happen. In its embryonic stages, Carlos Santana was skeptical of the tune; the AM-radio effect on Thomas's voice alone engendered its own smattering of arguments.
But in a quintessential lesson about why you should never, ever give up, "Smooth" became the second-biggest single of all time, second only to Chubby Checker's "The Twist." It also led to the 2000 GRAMMY Awards, where the unlikely pair won the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year.
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the moment 21 years ago when an unlikely gambit paid off in dividends, putting a feather in the cap of Matchbox Twenty's leader and landing a classic rocker back on the airwaves.
Check out the throwback GRAMMY moment above and click here to enjoy more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Celine Dion Win Record Of The Year For "My Heart Will Go On"
Two decades before Billie Eilish's 2020 win, Celine Dion stepped onto the GRAMMY stage to take home Record Of The Year for her smash hit "My Heart Will Go On"
Long before Billie Eilish's 2020 Record Of The Year win, French-Canadian pop sensation Celine Dion stepped onto the GRAMMY stage to take home Record Of The Year for her smash hit "My Heart Will Go On."
It was 1999: two years after Dion's ballad was prominently featured in James Cameron's star-crossed epic "Titanic," a song placement that forever impacted the way music was used in film. The Canadian vocal powerhouse was up against the Goo Goo Dolls ("Iris"), Monica and Brandy ("The Boy Is Mine"), Madonna ("Ray Of Light") and Shania Twain ("You're Still The One").
During her acceptance speech, it was only fitting that Dion, who took home the golden gramophone along with Walter Afanasieff, Simon Franglen and James Horner, thank the person who made her own heart, well, go on.
Watch the GRAMMY Rewind video above to hear Dion's speech, which thanked her late husband and manager, René Angélil.