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.”
In May 1959, at a star-studded banquet in the Beverly Hilton, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences handed out 28 Grammys.
The academy, founded two years earlier, was a relative latecomer to the awards game, with the first Oscars having been handed out 30 years earlier and the first Emmys 10 years prior. The number of Grammy categories once grew to more than 100 but now stands at 83.
Entering to the strain of her father's "The Girl Is Mine" (though, curiously, during Paul McCartney's vocal) Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, referenced the controversy surrounding the Dakota Access oil pipeline in introducing a performance by the Weeknd.
We could really use this kind of excitement at a pipeline protest.
Never in a million years would a young musician named John Cale believe that he would one day be honored with a lifetime achievement award for his work with the seminal 1960s art rock punk band the Velvet Underground.
But he finds himself in just such a position this year. The band is among the artists who were awarded the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2017 -- others include Sly Stone and Nina Simone.
Cale, on the red carpet with his former wife and VU fashion designer Betsey Johnson, explained the way the band felt in the 1970s when mainstream success seemed unthinkable, "We just hated everyone until eventually we didn't."
John Cale of Velvet Underground receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Schoolboy Q, who was nominated for best rap performance for "That Part" featuring Kanye West, appeared on the red carpet with his 7-year-old daughter, Joyce.
The pair were dressed in distinctive bright pink, with Q wearing a hoodie emblazoned with the words, "Girl Power," and his daughter wearing a smart pant suit with a blue flower bow tie.
Elaborating on their choice of attire, Q said: "I see a lot of stuff going on with women these days and I'm here to support them. I could go out and protest and all that, but me having a little girl, I think it starts right here -- to let her know what's going on, how she needs to be treated and the respect she needs to be given."