Daft Punk wins the 2014 Grammy for album of the year for "Random Access Memories."

The French electronic music duo topped offerings from Sara Bareilles, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Taylor Swift.

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Talk about your Beatlemania!

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two surviving members of the Beatles, performed together onstage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunaday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

They performed the song "Queenie Eye."

Ringo Starr also performed separately, doing the song "Photograph."

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Taylor Swift amazes

Taylor Swift is known for putting on big, flashy pop spectacles onstage.

She went the other direction at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, shooting for a subtle -- yet no less powerful -- singer-songwriter moment.

The result was pure magic.

She sang "All Too Well" from the piano, captivating viewers in the same fashion that Alicia Keys routinely does.

It was impressive sign that Swift is far more than just a pop star.

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Lorde rules

The first hour of the Grammy broadcast featured two of the world's top pop stars -- Katy Perry and Lorde.

They appeared back to back on the Grammy stage, with one shining far brighter than the other.

That one was Lorde, who delivered an absolutely mesmerizing version of her smash "Royals."


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Perry was definitely off the mark during her performance of "Dark Horse," delivering a magical mystical tour of cliches better suited for Stevie Nicks and Sarah Brightman. It was the musical equivalent of a Dungeons and Dragons game -- which, really, is something we usually turn to the band Yes for, not Perry.

She should've delivered the "Roar."

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Best Beatles line

An early nominee for best line of Grammy night 2014 came courtesy, of course, from Steve Coogan.

The great British comedian, who starred in the fantastic music film "24 Hour Party People," was talking to the crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles about Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney -- who many suspect will perform together at some point in the show.

"The Grammys had the choice of reuniting two of the Beatles or all of the Jonas Brothers," Coogan said. "That was a tough one."

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win best new artist Grammy

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the hot hip-hop duo that rose to fame with the songs "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love," won the 2014 Grammy Award for best new artist.

Macklemore thanked the fans in his acceptance speech for the award, which was the first one handed out during the television broadcast.

"Without them, there would be no us," he said. "We made this album without a record label. We made it independently. And we appreciate the support."

Earlier in the night, before the televised portion of the awards show, the duo won three rap awards: best performance and best song for "Thrift Shop" and best album for "The Heist." The rap album award came over entries from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also nominated in the album of the year and song of the year categories, among others.

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Stephen Colbert, Michael Buble among early winners

Michael Buble, Ziggy Marley and Stephen Colbert were among the early victors at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Buble's "To Be Loved" won the Grammy for best traditional pop vocal album, topping offerings from Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan, Cee Lo Green and Dionne Warwick.

Marley's "Ziggy Marley in Concert" won for best reggae album, besting outings from Beres Hammond, Sizzla, Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters and Snoop Lion.

Colbert's "America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't" won for best spoken word album, over offerings from Carol Burnett, David Sedaris, Billy Crystal and Pete Seeger.

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