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It’s the Grammys, “music’s biggest night.” David Malitz and Clinton Yates are here to weigh in throughout tonight’s show, and, we’ll tell you what worked, what didn’t work and what made us yell at the TV in horror. Follow the social conversation here. See full list of winners.

One last collaboration for the road

How else could the Grammys end but with a jumbled collaboration between big names that cross generations? Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme and Lindsey Buckingham sent everyone home, a whopping three hours and 45 minutes after Beyonce took the stage to open the program.

So what looked like it would be a huge night for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ended up being just a very, very good night, as it was another duo, Daft Punk, that ended up winning the biggest. That’ll do it for the live blog. This show ran so long that next year’s Grammys can’t be too far off. See you then.

Daft Punk wins album of the year

In what has to be considered a slight upset, the helmeted ones, Daft Punk, win album of the year for “Random Access Memories.” The French duo, joined on stage by their small army of collaborators, remained in character to the end, refusing to remove their headgear and staying silent throughout the acceptance speech delivered by singer Paul Williams.

Daft Punk beat out Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sara Bareilles and Kendrick Lamar for the evening’s biggest honor.

For a brief moment, when presenter Alicia Keys lingered on the “r” in “Random Access Memories,” Taylor Swift thought she won for her album “Red.”

When I was in the 3rd grade...

Madonna performs  as Queen Latifah celebrates after performing a mass marriage ceremony.   (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Madonna performs as Queen Latifah celebrates after performing a mass marriage ceremony. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

…my best friend Thomas had the tape of the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique on the My First Sony deck. When Macklemore was in 3rd grade, he was confused, understandably. But he still uses the word that starts with F to describe people in song. I like this song because the young lady who sings in it has a cool tatttoo. Obviously, beyond that, it is an important track.

AND QUEEN LATIFAH IS OUT HERE MARRYING PEOPLE. I’m kind of in love with this. It’s kitschy, and a bit camp, but whatever. Who cares. If I could get married on national TV, I would. Madonna looks ridiculous, though.

Let’s break this down for a minute. A rapper from Seattle, set the stage for Latifah, who then passed the mic to Madonna, who is wearing a cowboy hat. I’m not sure I get what any of this means from a presentation standpoint (outside of awesome 90s representation all grown up), but I know that a lot of people just got married, and have a moment they’ll never forget to their credit.

Can’t complain about that.

Lorde & Taylor: BFFs

Lorde and Taylor Swift at the Grammy Awards (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Lorde and Taylor Swift at the Grammy Awards (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Daft Punk wins Record of the Year

To be clear, nobody on earth expected Daft Punk of all people to break out of the blocks with a smash hit this year. Those dudes hadn’t made a hit song in ages. Then, they show up with Pharrell, the gawd, and bless us with the most danceable jam we’ve been privy to in the better part of a decade.

And Smokey Robinson was on stage, to boot? Two men from France and one man from Virginia came together and made beautiful music. I’m so happy I got to be around for this. Trust me, you’ll tell your kids about how great this song was. I promise.

Jared Leto salutes Lou Reed

Jared Leto.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Jared Leto. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Count that headline among things I wish I never had to type.

The Golden Globe-winner/30 Seconds to Mars frontman then introduced Metallica, who might have been able to deliver a more fitting tribute to the late rock iconoclast since they teamed with Reed for the universally-reviled 2011 album “Lulu.” (Guitarist Kirk Hammett was wearing a Lou Reed T-shirt.) Instead, Metallica performed “One” with pianist Lang Lang.

Lorde wins song of the year

As Lorde wins song of the year for “Royals,” we’ll repeat what we repeat every year. Song of the year is a songwriting award; record of the year is a performance award. That’s why Lorde’s co-writer, Joel Little, was up there accepting with her.

“It’s been mental,” she says of her success. It’s Lorde’s second win of the telecast; she won previously for best pop solo performance. She’s also up for record of the year, one of two remaining awards.

I'm up all night

This song is a VERY close second to Blurred Lines for the song of the year, IMO, but it happens to be my favorite. And with Stevie singing, this is incredible. Sidebar: what is Pharrell doing with these hats? This medley has got a lot of people in my family up and grooving. Same goes for the star-laden crowd.

But, can we talk more about Beyonce’s dress? Because it’s amazing.

Beyonce poses backstage.    (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Beyonce poses backstage. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Kacey Musgraves, this is your moment

Kacey Musgraves accepts the award for Best Country Album.    (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Kacey Musgraves accepts the award for Best Country Album. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Some of you have no idea who she is, but that look on Taylor Swift’s face tells you everything. Kacey got next.

Too much on the back end

What is going on with the latter half of this show? Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard? This performance should have been in the 8 o’clock hour. Nobody who cares about this is still awake.

Bruno Mars wins pop vocal album

Bruno Mars accepts the Best Pop Vocal Album.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Bruno Mars accepts the Best Pop Vocal Album. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Next week’s Super Bowl halftime entertainer, Bruno Mars, wins his first Grammy of the night for best pop vocal album, for “Unorthodox Jukebox.” As he’ll show next week — and later tonight — Mars is best appreciated as a live performer.

McCartney jams with Ringo

Do you have Beatles fatigue? I sure hope not, because as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landing in America, we will be inundated with even more stories and specials about the Fab Four. How is that well not completely dry at this point? In any case, Sir Paul banged out a pretty solid new song with Ringo joining him on drums — which is clearly his best spot, especially after that rough performance he gave earlier in the evening.

Kacey Musgraves follows her arrow

It’s no secret that we love Kacey Musgraves here at The Washington Post. Her performance of “Follow Your Arrow” was refreshingly straightforward after that Kendrick Lamar/Imagine Dragons mashup. We hope to get a better look at those light-up boots she was wearing when she accepts the award for best country album later tonight.

KDot and Imagine Dragons

Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

There are few things that Kendrick Lamar can do wrong in my eyes, musically. “good kid, m.A.A.d city” was an instant masterpiece in my book. I wrote about it. Unfortunately, he’s kind of locked into that haircut for a long time. But, as far as Imagine Dragons go, these guys aren’t much according to David Malitz. As he puts it, “Imagine Dragons is Nickelback for millennials.”

HEY. This is the new age, after all.

Jay Z, Timberlake win for 'Holy Grail'

Jamie Foxx hands over the Grammy for Best Rap Song for

Jamie Foxx hands over the Grammy for Best Rap Song for “Holy Grail.” (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

It seems weird that Jay Z didn’t thank any corporations in his acceptance speech for best rap/sung collaboration. He won for “Holy Grail,” his song with Justin Timberlake from last year’s data-collection-as-album experiment, “Magna Carta … Holy Grail.” No thanking Samsung, who ensured the album immediately went gold. No thanking Target, Timberlake’s primary sponsor? Nope, just a reminder that Jay is a just a guy, and even a likable one: “Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you,” he said to his daughter, Blue Ivy, before leaving the stage.

Ringo, #cmonson

This is not how it was supposed to end, Ringo. 50 years ago next month, The Beatles played their first live concert right here in Washington, D.C. Now you’re dancing and singing on stage with a dozen people no one’s ever heard of. This feels like a high school assembly.

Lorde wins best pop solo performance

The 17-year-old breakout star of 2013 wins her first Grammy on the strength of her massive hit, “Royals.” She bested Sara Bareilles, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars in the best pop solo performance category.

“Well, hello,” she said upon accepting the award. “This is the one thing that I did not expect the most about tonight.” It’s nice to be modest, but she was a slam-dunk winner in this category.

Pink needs a new gimmick

Pink hangs in the air from a sling. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Pink hangs in the air from a sling. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

LL Cool J introduces Pink by talking about her 2010 Grammys performance of “Glitter in the Air,” which featured some high-flying acrobatics. Now four years later … she’s still doing the same trapeze thing! Pink, it’s time to get both feet back on the ground. The only person to keep a gimmick this long is Goldust.

Taylor is unstoppable

Taylor Swift is extremely unlikeable in certain ways. But when she just sits down and sings a song, it’s impossible to argue with. Especially if the camera is swirling in circles. But as someone who knows little to nothing about her music, I enjoyed this performance. I’m not sure America is ready for Swift to become an actual woman versus the girl she’s marketed herself as for some time. And by that I mean, America is totally ready.

It’s a Reba 2.0 situation. And I watch “Reba” everyday.

Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl win best rock song

Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney accept the award for Best Rock Song. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney accept the award for Best Rock Song. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

While it’s always a thrill to see Pat Smear at an awards show, on stage, anywhere … this best rock song Grammy for “Cut Me Some Slack” — a collaboration between Smear, Grohl and Krist Novoselic (the surviving members of Nirvana) and Paul McCartney — feels, frankly, lame. It embodies all the problems with the Grammys — favoring bland collaborations and veteran artists over anything that’s new and exciting.

“Cut Me Some Slack” is not a thrilling song — it sounds like talented musicians spent two hours in the studio and recorded the first thing they came up with. Which Grohl basically confirmed in accepting this award.

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