What were the moments that packed the most punch at the 2014 awards show?
The Grammys featured big wins for Daft Punk, big hair for Taylor Swift and black fingertips for Lorde. VPC
This year, the Grammys red carpet was a little boring. No nip slips, no questionable hair or outrageous outfits, but the show more than made up for it. USA TODAY's Korina Lopez had the daunting task of picking the five most notable moments. She failed. Here are six.
Everyone loves Beyonce: Last week, rumors were rampant that Beyonce would perform during the awards show. Then there was the juicier rumor that hubby Jay Z would join her. That they opened the show with a sexy, tawdry rendition of Beyonce'sDrunk in Love popped the proverbial cork on the Champagne bottle. Beyonce, bound in lace and leather, performed impressive feats on a chair before Jay Z stormed the stage. Generally, the couple keep the PDA to a minimum, so watching them slow dance for a moment seemed a sweet peek into their romance. Later, there was the adorable moment during Jay Z's acceptance speech for best rap/song collaboration for Holy Grail, when he told daughter Blue Ivy that he had a "gold sippy cup" for her.
Swift flips out: Taylor Swift put the guitar aside for All Too Well, a piano ballad. Sitting down didn't make her performance any less dramatic, though. A few angry hair flips ended up on Vine, and that video has since gone viral.
Yesterday becomes today: The Beatles started a revolution half a century ago, long before many of the Grammy nominees were born. But time stood still when Paul McCartney and his "surprise guest" Ringo Starr, who also sang his solo hitPhotograph, reunited onstage to perform McCartney's latest single, Queenie Eye.Yoko Ono, who recently patched things up with McCartney, danced in her seat.
Bon temps: For their second Grammy performance, Daft Punk brought the house down, the inside of the venue looking more like a nightclub than a seated event. Daft Punk's performance got more than a clapping, swaying reaction from the crowd. Beyonce and Katy Perry were dancing. The first minute or so of Get Lucky was a little scary, though. Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder were onstage. But where was Daft Punk? Did the notoriously camera-shy duo skip out? Then, there they were, in angelic white suits and helmets.
And although they nabbed the biggest win of the night -- album of the year -- the French duo remained silent, their helmets firmly locked in place. (Paul Williams did the acceptance honors.)
Opposites attract: We loved the odd collabs. Rapper Kendrick Lamar joining Imagine Dragons to perform the rock band's hit song Radioactive was Grammy magic. The jet-fueled performance included booming drums, splashing paint and laser lights. It echoed the boom year Imagine Dragons had in music.
The ultimate wedding singers: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis proved they talk the talk as their hit single, Same Love, became the anthem for gay rights. At the Grammys, they walked the walk, leading 33 gay and straight couples to newlywed bliss. Not only did Queen Latifah officiate, but a white-suit-clad Madonna (with cane) sang a couple of verses from one of her classics, Open Your Heart. Sixty-six newlyweds can actually say "Madonna sang at my wedding." The ceremony left a few attendees dabbing tears -- most notably, Keith Urban.