LOS ANGELES — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might shop at thrift shops, but they now have a ton of Grammy gold.
The rap duo won four Grammy Awards on Sunday, including best new artist and rap album for “The Heist,” beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.
“Wow, we’re here on the stage right now,” said Macklemore, thanking fans first, then his fiance and team. “I want to say we made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support.”
Beyonce kicked off the Grammy Awards with steamy and smoky performance of “Drunk In Love:” She started on a chair and then grinded in a revealing black outfit. Jay Z emerged in a fitted suit to rap his verse, and the couple — parents of little Blue Ivy — held hands and danced together.
Robin Thicke performed with Chicago, singing the group’s songs before going into “Blurred Lines,” which energized the crowd. Thicke finished the performance singing on the floor. Katy Perry sang “Dark Horse” in an eerie forest with fire that mirrored the song’s vibe, and John Legend and Taylor Swift — who whipped her head, and hair, back and forth — played pianos during their slow songs.
Daft Punk, nominated for record and album of the year, were double winners, picking up honors for best dance/electronica album for “Random Access Memories” and pop duo/group performance for “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
“Dude, on the behalf of the robots . thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Williams, who also won non-classical producer of the year.
Looking to Daft Punk, sporting their signature helmets, Williams said: “They want to thank their families. And of course, the incredible Nile.”
Macklemore & Lewis’ wins, which include best rap song and rap performance for “Thrift Shop,” come after the Grammy rap committee almost ousted the group from its categories. A source told The Associated Press that the rap committee rejected the duo, but that was later overruled by the general Grammy committee. The rap committee felt Macklemore & Lewis should qualify for the pop awards instead because of their massive success on Top 40 radio. The source, who attended the general Grammy meeting, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.