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Music stars dazzle, rock the red carpet ‘Pink va-va voom’

“It was magic for me playing with these guys,” said McCartney, adding “I found myself in the middle of a Nirvana reunion and I was very happy.”
The surviving Beatles on Sunday reunited in spirit with their late bandmates at the Grammys as Yoko Ono danced to the jamming of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The two living members of the Fab Four were in attendance to receive an award for lifetime achievement for the Liverpool band, widely considered among the most influential acts in music history.
As Starr took the stage to join McCartney on his song “Queenie Eye,” Ono — widow of the late John Lennon — swayed back and forth in the crowd in her trademark dark shades and black hat.
Their son Sean Lennon, who bears a striking resemblance to his slain father with his glasses and unkempt hair, danced respectfully next to his mother. Olivia Harrison, the widow of fellow late Beatle George Harrison, and the wives of McCartney and Starr were also in attendance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Music’s brightest stars bared lots of skin at the Grammys in Los Angeles on Sunday, oozing sex appeal and taking fashion risks on the industry’s biggest night.
Beyonce, who opened the show with a sultry performance of “Drunk in Love” with her husband Jay-Z, smoldered in a curve-hugging white mesh Michael Costello gown with strategically placed flowers, leaving little to the imagination.
Swift, who was nominated for Album of the Year but lost out to Daft Punk, glittered in a metallic belted short-sleeved golden Gucci gown with a daring slit up the back, and her hair in a simple ponytail.
In the va-va-voom category, Pink, who was nominated for the Song of the Year award for “Just Give Me a Reason,” exuded glamour in a strapless fire-engine red Johanna Johnson gown.
Pop princess Katy Perry, who had two nominations for her girl power anthem “Roar,” floated up the red carpet in a gauzy white Valentino number, with music notes playfully scattered along the skirt.
The Grammys have been the scene of some of fashion’s classic red-carpet moments: Jennifer Lopez’s plunging barely-there green Versace gown in 2000 is still a benchmark.
Alicia Keys, a winner for best R&B album for “Girl on Fire,” was a red-carpet triumph in a cobalt blue Armani halter gown with a wide plunging neckline and shiny black detailing at the waist.
Madonna rocked a tailored gender-bending double-breasted Ralph Lauren black suit and tie — and carried a walking stick. Her son David wore a similar look. He had helped her choose the ensemble, she said.
Cyndi Lauper, a Grammy winner for best musical theater album for her Broadway show “Kinky Boots,” sported a black Alexander McQueen cape-style coat and leggings, looking every bit the rock chick.
The male stars at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles did not disappoint.
Both hip-hop star Macklemore — a winner for Best New Artist — and “Blurred Lines” crooner Robin Thicke wore velvet tuxedo jackets — the former in turquoise, the latter in navy Armani.
Grammys host rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J also went with a velvet jacket, in deep purple.
Macklemore’s bandmate Ryan Lewis strutted his stuff in a black and gray large houndstooth suit, while rapper Kendrick Lamar opted for a tight-fitting slate blue suit, with a black shirt underneath.
French electro duo Daft Punk — the big winners for album and record of the year — of course wore the ultimate accessory: their trademark shiny black helmets.
For their performance of their mega-hit “Get Lucky,” they switched to all-white ensembles and striking white helmets.
The Grammy awards, music’s biggest night, is as much about the lively performances and often rare collaborations between big names as it is about the awards handed out across 82 categories.
Here is one of Sunday night’s top moments telecast live from the Grammy stage.
n Their “Sippy Cup” Runneth Over
A scantily-clad, sultry Beyonce opened the Grammy awards by gyrating on a fog-filled set, singing “Drunk in Love” with rapper husband Jay Z, her first public performance since the stealth release of her latest, self-titled album. The song is a follow-up to the couple’s 2003 duet on “Crazy in Love.”
Later in the show, Jay Z gave a shoutout to the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, while accepting the award for best rap collaboration for “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake — “I want to tell Blue, look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.” Within minutes, the hashtag #GoldSippyCup became a top trending topic on Twitter.
n Beatles Come Together
The two surviving members of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, joined forces to perform a new song, “Queenie Eye.” The catchy rock song hearkened back to the Beatles’ trademark hits. The Liverpool band will be honored by the Recording Academy at a special tribute concert on Monday marking the 50th anniversary of their arrival in the United States on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
n Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Celebrate “Same Love”
Thirty-three couples, both same-sex and heterosexual, were married live on television as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert performed “Same Love,” an ode to marriage equality and gay rights. Queen Latifah officiated the mass marriage on a Grammy stage made to resemble a cathedral with giant arches, while Madonna, dressed in a white suit and cowboy hat, came on to sing her hit, “Open Your Heart,” before joining Lambert to finish the ceremony.
n Robots “Get Lucky” With Wonder
French electro-music duo Daft Punk performed their second televised performance ever with their hit “Get Lucky,” sung by Pharrell Williams and veteran soul singer Stevie Wonder. Daft Punk, dressed in white suits with white helmets, fused “Get Lucky” with 1970s hit song “Le Freak” and Wonder’s “Another Star” on a stage resembling a recording studio. The audience was its feet, dancing along to the infectious beats.
n Las Vegas Meets Compton
Rapper Kendrick Lamar, from Compton, California, and Las Vegas alt-rock group Imagine Dragons fused their musical styles together to perform a mash-up of their singles “M.A.A.D City” and “Radioactive,” accompanied by large drums and strobe-lights.
n Flying High
Pink performed aerial acrobatics over the Grammy audience while singing “Try,” before jumping on stage to sing “Just Give Me a Reason” with Fun. frontman Nate Ruess.
n Metal Meets Ivory Keys
Hard rock group Metallica stormed the Grammy stage with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang, performing a rousing rendition of the band’s single, “One.” Lang Lang later showcased his classical talents by performing Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” to lead the Grammys’ tribute to late pianist Van Cliburn.
Winners in selected categories at the 56th annual Grammy Awards announced Sunday during ceremonies at the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center:
n Album of the year: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk.
n Record of the year: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
n Song of the year: “Royals,” Lorde.
n New artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
n Pop solo performance: “Royals,” Lorde.
n Pop vocal album: “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars
n Pop/duo group performance: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk with Pharrell and Nile Rodgers.
n Rap/sung collaboration: “Holy Grail,” Jay Z with Justin Timberlake.
n Rock song: “Cut Me Some Slack,” Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.
n Country album: “Same Trailer Different Park,” Kacey Musgraves.
n Traditional pop vocal album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble.
n Rap performance: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.
n Rap song: “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz.
n Rap album: “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
n R&B performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway.
n Traditional R&B performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
n R&B song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake.
n R&B album: “Girl on Fire,” Alicia Keys.
n Urban contemporary album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna.
n Rock performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons.
n Rock album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin.
n Hard rock/metal performance: “God is Dead,” Black Sabbath.
n Alternative music album: “Modern Vampires of the City,” Vampire Weekend.
n Dance recording: “Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes.
n Dance/electronica album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk.
n Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams.
n Latin pop album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa
n Latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Treinta Dias,” La Santa Cecilia.
n Latin jazz album: “Song for Maura,” Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente.
n Tropical Latin album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra.
n Country solo performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker.
n Country duo/group performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars.
n Country song: “Merry Go ‘Round,” Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osbourne.
n Gospel song: “If He Did It Before ... Same God (Live),” Tye Tribbett
n Gospel album: “Greater Than (Live),” Tye Tribbett.
n Blues album: “Get Up!,” Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite.
n Folk album: “My Favorite Picture of You,” Guy Clark.
n Americana album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.
n Bluegrass album: “The Streets of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band.
n Reggae album: “Ziggy Marley in Concert,” Ziggy Marley.
n World music album: “Live: Singing for Peace Around the World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and “Savor Flamenco,” Gypsy Kings (tie).
n Children’s album: “Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi.
n Spoken word album: “America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert.
n Comedy album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin.
n New age album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan.
n Jazz vocal album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter.
n Jazz instrumental album: “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington.
n Large jazz ensemble album: “Night in Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Wlodek Pawlik Trio and Kalisz Philharmonic.
n Pop instrumental album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert.
n Compilation soundtrack album: “Sound City: Real to Reel,” Dave Grohl and various artists, Butch Vig.
n Score soundtrack album: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer.
n Song written for visual media: “Skyfall,” Adele and Paul Epworth.
n Musical theater album: “Kinky Boots,” Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Sammy James Jr., Stephen Oremus and William Wittman.
n Producer of the year, classical: David Frost.
n Instrumental composition: “Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orechestra,” Clare Fischer.
n Orchestral performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4,” Osmo Vanska, conductor.
n Opera recording: “Ades: The Tempest,” Thomas Ades, Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna, Alan Oke, Jay David Saks.
n Choral performance: “Part: Adam’s Lament,” Tonu Kaljuste, conductor.
n Short-form music video: “Suit & Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, David Fincher, Timory King.
n Long-form music video: “Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney, Jonas Akerlund, Violaine Etienne, Aron Levin and Scott Rodger.
n Historical album: “The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums” of Bill Withers, Leo Sacks, Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff and Mark Wilder, and “Charlie is My Darling,” Teri Landi, Andrew Loog Oldham, Steve Rosenthal and Bob Ludwig.

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