Daft Punk shared the Grammy stage tonight (January 26) with some pretty heavy-hitters: Nile Rodgers, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams and yet another of Skateboard P’s hats. This one looked like it belonged to Indiana Jones himself!
When the assemblage took the stage to perform “Get Lucky,” the first thing visible through the gloom was undoubtedly Pharrell’s chapeau, a markedly different — larger — model than the “Smokey The Bear” dealie he was sporting at the beginning of the eve. (That hat already has its own Twitter account with more than 7,000 followers.)
Next, we caught a glimpse of Wonder’s glittering jacket and Rodger’s gleaming suit. Still, it wasn’t until almost the end of the performance that a shade raised up in the recording booth in the back, revealing Daft Punk decked out in what looked to be white Hazmat suits.
The jam — which included a “Le Freak” and “Another Star” mashup — had the whole crowd dancing. Beyonce shimmied. Yoko Ono flashed a peace sign. Steven Tyler grooved. I couldn’t really see many of the robots’ moves, however, as they hunkered back in the booth and out of the neon, technicolored fray.
This was the second time that Daft Punk has appeared on TV — the first being at the 2008 Grammys — and the first live appearance the act has done around their record Random Access Memories, for which they won Grammys for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Record of the Year.
Sure, the guys appeared on stage for the 2013 MTV VMAs, but they didn’t play a note live. Much to the world’s chagrin.
So, now that they’ve finally come out of the recording booth (kind of), do you think the robots’ appearance was worth the wait?
Also, and this is important, guys: Which of Pharrell’s hats did you like best?