56th Grammy Awards

While we spend our days spreading as much #weknowthedjwisdom as possible, we also make it known that for us, it’s all about the music. People and artists all around the world—including the GRAMMY board—share the “music only” mentality of WeKnowTheDJ. An award show that ranks in our top five of the year, the GRAMMY’S always showcases the best music of the previous year and the 2014 ceremony was no exception! We loved this year’s ceremony so much that we’re providing in-depth reports of each performance so be on the lookout for those to be posted throughout the week! While the music numbers were a HUGE part of the night, it wouldn’t be an award show without winners so it’s only appropriate to recap the artists who took home a gold award.

28.51 million viewers turned on their televisions Sunday night to watch the 56th GRAMMY Awards, the second largest audience in 21 years. The largest audience came in 2012 with 39 million people, following the death of Whitney Houston. With numerous performances throughout the night, there simply isn’t enough time to present every category during the televised portion. Honestly, if the broadcast hadn’t been cut down to three hours and forty-five minutes, we’d still be in front of our TV screens watching the ceremony.

After a performance from Beyoncé and Jay Z blew us away and portrayed the perfect start to the broadcast, it was time to get to the awards! 2013 was notorious for introducing new talent so it’s only appropriate that the first award of the night was for Best New Artist. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took home the first GRAMMY of night, after sweeping the rap categories they were nominated in, including Best Rap Performance for “Thrift Shop,” Best Rap Song for “Thrift Shop,” and Best Rap Album for “The Heist.” With “Thrift Shop” taking the spot as 2013’s second biggest seller with 6.15 million downloads, “The Heist” selling millions and an incredible performance of “Same Love” (which Blake is ecstatic to be reporting on!) it’s safe to say that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had a great Sunday night!

Taking home Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories,” Record of the Year for “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Get Lucky,” and Best Dance/Electronica Album for “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk was definitely the night’s biggest winners, making the 2014 GRAMMYs a night to remember. Winning a combination of Record of the Year and Album of the Year isn’t common, only happening 5 times in the past 20 years, most recently when Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took home both awards at the 2009 ceremony. Our guess is Daft Punk definitely wasn’t feeling the Monday Morning Blues today—how could you after a winning night?

Rounding out the top three biggest winners of the night, Lorde proved she’s come a long way from New Zealand as “Royals” won Song of the Year, making her the youngest artist to win a general category not including Best New Artist. The seventeen year old also brought home Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals” The night’s most tweeted about artist, Lorde captured everyone’s attention, especially during her acceptance speech where she showed the world that she’s still a teenager and gets overwhelmed by the attention.

After an incredible opening performance with wife, Beyoncé, Jay Z made a second appearance on stage as he took home the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake. While JT wasn’t in attendance, Hov made everyone’s heart swell as he thanked his wife and then shocked the world with his shout out to daughter Blue Ivy, stating “I want to tell Blue, ‘Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.’” Yes, that’s the sound of the entire world filling with envy of a two year old. No, I never had a gold sippy cup!

While we don’t have time to go in-depth with each acceptance speech and winner (I don’t think WordPress allows that much content!) we’re definitely impressed by what we saw! Were you? Social media has definitely taken over the world as Twitter recorded more than 15.2 million tweets were sent related to the GRAMMYS. It’s time for you to add to those tweets and send one to @weknowthedj sharing your thoughts on this year’s winners and ceremony.

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