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Adele ended her night at the 2017 Grammy Awards with back-to-back wins for album of the year and record of the year, but used her final moments on stage to salute Beyoncé and her "monumental" album "Lemonade." Beyoncé, meanwhile, wowed the audience with a spiritual performance and also took home the prize for urban contemporary album. Chance the Rapper was also among the top winners of the night, taking the prize for new artist as well as rap album.

Daft Punk and The Weeknd keep the disco bleak

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The last time Daft Punk was on a Grammy stage, the act was playing alongside Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder just before accepting the album of the year award in 2014 for “Random Access Memories.”

This time, though, the French duo was happy to play backup to the Weeknd for an icy rendition of “I Feel It Coming,” one of the standout collaborations from the latter’s LP “Starboy.”

The trio played in front of a frigid interstellar setup that was part vintage Kanye West mountain range and part Hoth from “Star Wars.”

It didn’t have quite the vocal pyrotechnics of Adele’s opening number or much more live instrumentation than a little robot keyboard-poking. Daft Punk, much to the chagrin of fans, has pretty stuck to awards shows for live appearances since “Random Access Memories” brought the duo back to prominence.

But its stint with Weeknd has been an interesting case of perhaps the most famous act in electronic music willfully hanging back and adding analog sparkle to the Weeknd’s nihilism.

The Weeknd won a pair of Grammys last year for his album  “Beauty Behind the Madness” and his single “Earned It,” and The Weeknd is up tonight for his contribution to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.” While “Starboy” landed with mixed reviews, Abel Tesfaye has clearly found a couple of kindred spirits in reinventing disco for our bleaker era.

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