LOS ANGELES — During Sunday’s pre-TV broadcast ceremony at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience’s album, “Dockside Sessions,” won the Grammy award for best regional roots music album.
In his acceptance speech, Simien, of Lafayette, thanked the Recording Academy for both his honor and the lifetime achievement honor given to the late zydeco pioneer, singer-accordionist Clifton Chenier, during Saturday’s special merit awards ceremony.
Chenier’s fellow 2014 lifetime achievement honorees include the Beatles, the Isley Brothers and Kris Kristofferson. His son, C.J. Chenier, also a zydeco musician, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.
Simien, claiming his second Grammy award, also thanked his wife, manager and agent, Cynthia, and the studio in Maurice where he and his band recorded “Dockside Sessions.”
“This is the 10th Grammy album out of Dockside Studios,” Simien said. “If you wanna make a Grammy record, come down to Dockside Studios. They got the Grammy mojo, y’all. And I want to invite each and every one of y’all to come down to Louisiana.”
Louisiana acts dominated the best regional roots music album category. Simien won over New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band and Scott singer-songwriter Zachary Richard.
Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans singer, songwriter, pianist and producer, and his album, “Songbook,” lost in the related best Americana album category to country duo Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and their album, “Old Yellow Moon.”
Twenty-five minutes into the Grammy broadcast, Breaux Bridge native Hunter Hayes, a best country solo performance nominee for his song, “I Want Crazy,” performed his new single, “Invisible,” an anti-bullying anthem inspired by his own life.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might shop at thrift shops, but they now have a ton of Grammy gold.
The rap duo won four Grammy Awards on Sunday, including best new artist and rap album for “The Heist,” beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.
“Wow, we’re here on the stage right now,” said Macklemore, thanking fans first, then his fiancée and team. “I want to say we made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support.”
New Orleans’ Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews joined Macklemore and Lewis as well as Madonna for a medley of the duo’s “One Lone” and Madonna’s “Open Your Heart.”
Beyoncé kicked off the Grammy Awards with steamy and smoky performance of “Drunk In Love.” She started on a chair and then grinded in a revealing black outfit. Jay Z emerged in a fitted suit to rap his verse, and the couple held hands and danced together.
Robin Thicke performed with Chicago, singing the group’s songs before going into “Blurred Lines,” which energized the crowd. Thicke finished the performance singing on the floor. Katy Perry sang “Dark Horse” in an eerie forest with fire that mirrored the song’s vibe, and John Legend and Taylor Swift — who whipped her head, and hair, back and forth — played pianos during their slow songs.
Daft Punk, nominated for record and album of the year, were double winners, picking up honors for best dance/electronica album for “Random Access Memories” and pop duo/group performance for “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
“Dude, on the behalf of the robots . thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Williams, who also won non classical producer of the year.
Looking to Daft Punk, sporting their signature helmets, Williams said: “They want to thank their families. And of course, the incredible Nile.”
Macklemore & Lewis’ wins, which include best rap song and rap performance for “Thrift Shop,” come after the Grammy rap committee almost ousted the group from its categories.
A source told The Associated Press that the rap committee rejected the duo, but that was later overruled by the general Grammy committee. The source, who attended the general Grammy meeting, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.
Macklemore & Lewis are also nominated for album and song of the year.
Justin Timberlake, who isn’t up for any of the major awards, won two trophies, including best R&B song for “Pusher Love Girl” and music video for “Suit & Tie,” which also earned Jay Z a Grammy. Paul McCartney, engineer Bob Ludwig and gospel singer Tye Tribett are also double winners.
Lorde won her first Grammy for best pop solo performance with the hit “Royals.”
“This is the one thing I didn’t expect the most about tonight, so thank you so much,” said Lorde, who beat out Timberlake, Perry, Sara Bareilles and Bruno Mars.
Lorde performed “Royals” early on during the show, and she was just one of the top females to hit the Grammy stage Sunday: Madonna, Carole King, Pink and Bareilles will also perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The men are showing up, too, and performers include Metallica, Willie Nelson, Dave Grohl and Nine Inch Nails. Ringo Starr and McCartney will sing separately on the telecast.
Like the Macklemore & Lewis, Lamar is nominated for album of the year, marking a high note for hip-hop. Outkast and Lauryn Hill are the only two rap performers to win the coveted album of the year; Hill and Arrested Development are the only rap-based stars to take home best new artist.
A rapper has never won song or record of the year.
Jay Z, keeping up the decade-long Grammy tradition of rappers leading in nominations, was the night’s front-runner with nine.
For top album, Macklemore & Lewis and Lamar’s platinum-selling debuts, “The Heist” and “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” will battle Taylor Swift’s earth-shattering sales force “Red,” Daft Punk’s electronic adventure “Random Access Memories” and the surprise nominee — “The Blessed Unrest” from the piano-playing Sara Bareilles.
Macklemore & Lewis’ “Same Love” is up for song of the year alongside No. 1 Billboard hits, including Perry’s “Roar,” Lorde’s “Royals,” ‘’Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars and Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess of fun. Lorde and Mars’ songs repeat in record of the year, and will be up against Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” and two songs that feature Pharrell Williams — Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which has sold 6.6 million tracks and is the biggest song of 2013.
LL Cool J is hosting the 56th annual awards, airing live on CBS.
The Advocate music writer John Wirt contributed to this story.