The elusive Daft Punk stepped out at the 2013 Video Music Awards, strutting across Barclays Center to help award the Moonman for Best Female Video to Taylor Swift. Collaborators Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers also joined the duo on stage.
Following a brand-new, Soul Train-esque clip featuring Daft Punk and Co. performing “Lose Yourself To Dance,” the French electronic duo emerged from a giant version of the KAWS Moonman’s head decked out in sparkling gold and silver blazers. Predictably, Pharrell and Rodgers did all the talking when presenting Swift with her Moonman, as Daft Punk stood silently by presumably watching all the action from behind their gleaming helmets.
From action figures to bootleg condoms, Daft Punk’s iconic helmets have become damn near ubiquitous since the chart-topping release of Random Access Memories in May and the massive success of their Pharrell Williams-featuring single, “Get Lucky.” That song scored the masked men a VMA nomination for “Best Song of the Summer.”
Random Access Memories is Daft Punk’s first album in eight years — since Human After All — and, as MTV News’ James Montgomery wrote back when the album came out, “the only possible response to dance music in 2013.” An epic album that took $1 million and five years to produce, Random Access Memories taps into the history of dance music in answer to the modern crop of dance musicians currently flooding the airwaves.