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Grammys 2014’s 25 Best and Worst Moments

From Daft Punk’s funky smash-up to Pink’s high-flying routine to a few Beatles grooving in the aisles


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Daft Punk, Macklemore and Lorde took home the most trophies at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night, but a slew of other stars also walked away big winners. True Grammys impact can be measured in metrics other than golden gramophones — like how many people were tweeting about your bizarre hat and who had Taylor Swift dancing in the front row all night. Rolling Stone kindly distilled all three-and-a-half-and-a-little-more hours of the ceremony into a breakdown of thrilling highs and disappointing lows. By Caryn Ganz, Andy Greene, David Marchese, Simon Vozick-Levinson and Christopher R. Weingarten

Catch up on all of our coverage of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards — lists, photos, interviews and more — right here.

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WORST: Nate Ruess’ Unfortunate Mustache

Pink and fun. singer Nate Ruess shared the stage with an unwelcome third party: the ever-so-slightly creepy pencil mustache perched on Ruess' upper lip. Maybe he was trying for "John Waters," but he landed on "uncomfortably friendly ice-cream truck driver." Apparently no one in his inner circle had the heart to tell him that his new look wasn't working. You could almost hear his inner monologue: "This 'stache is so sweet! I am killing it right now in front of an audience of millions!" Movember ended two months ago, dogg. Get rid of that thing.

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BEST: Daft Punk’s Silent Acceptance Speeches

One of the best things about Daft Punk winning awards for which people are traditionally expected to give speeches was that the two French dance masters don't speak. Their silence, though, provided an opportunity for Pharrell Williams to show some impromptu charm. Accepting after "Get Lucky" won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Pharrell looked to his robo-pals and said, "They wanna thank their families." Then, later on the show, when the same crew won again for Record of the Year, Pharrell mused, "I suppose the robots would like to thank . . ." and drew a blank. And when Daft Punk won for Album of the Year for Random Access Memories, collaborator Paul Williams accepted on behalf of the duo with a sweetly earnest speech about the unlikeliness of making music with the 'bots. The evening's most light-heartededly charming moments. 

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WORST: Hunter Hayes Cribs Set-Piece From Inspirational Calendar

Country cutie Hunter Hayes premiered his new song "Invisible" in front of inspirational quotes from John Lennon, Steve Jobs and famed philosopher Johnny Depp. The problem? It's your lyrics that need to do the heavy emotional lifting, not other people's words.

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