For Daft Punk’s return to the Grammy stage and the first-ever live performance of their smash “Get Lucky,” the French electronic duo threw a massive funk-disco-soul party that featured Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder and Chic’s Nile Rodgers.
At the start, Pharrell and Stevie switched off on verses while the robots were nowhere in sight. But about three minutes in, at the back of the fake analog studio set-up, a black screen disappeared, yielding Daft Punk manning the DJ decks in all white and their trademark helmets. The song instantaniously turned the Staples Center into a five-minute dance party. Yoko Ono, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Steven Tyler, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and many others were all spotted getting down in the audience. The crew barrelled through a smash-up that covered “Get Lucky,” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” Chic’s “Le Freak, and Wonder’s “Another Star.”
While Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” was the biggest song of their 20-plus year career, they opted out of any live performances in support of Random Access Memories until tonight. Still, the album was a huge success – it topped the charts in countries around the globe, including hitting Number One on the Billboard chart, the first time in their career.
“We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive – the random way that memories are stored,” Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter told Rolling Stone last Spring about the record’s concept. “Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it’s not moving one inch. That’s not what artists are supposed to do.”
Daft Punk were nominated for five Grammys. During the broadcast, “Get Lucky” won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Pharrell accepted the award onstage, while they stood next to him and silently nodded.