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Daft Punk Scores Big At 2014 Grammy Awards

"You know honestly, I bet France is really proud of these guys right now." Pharrell Williams made this astute observation while speaking on behalf of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of the French duo Daft Punk at last night's Grammy Awards. Bangalter and de Homem-Christo looked on silently, in all white uniforms, with their hallmark space helmets obscuring their features. The pair won five awards this year, including album of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best dance/electronica album, all for their 2013 Random Access Memories. It was an unprecedented haul for a French group, and more awards than any other artist that night. True to their artistic alter-egos Bangalter and de Homem-Christo only appeared onstage in costume, and recruited musical collaborators like Pharrell, who provides the vocals on their hit single "Get Lucky," and singer-songwriter Paul Williams to give their acceptance speeches. The album has received praise from critics all year, but even with that warm reception it was a surprising Grammys sweep for an idiosyncratic album whose sweeping disco-tinged songs veer far from any standard pop formula. Paul Williams summed up their achievement in fittingly whimsical style saying, "back when I was drinking, I would imagine things that weren't there and I'd get frightened. Then I got sober and two robots called and asked me to make an album...Captain Kirk uses the Enterprise. They sail on a ship called Generosity...This is a labor of love and we are all so grateful."