James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich: still large and in charge on stage, still bringing it heavy and hard. With Lang Lang!
Clearly, Lang Lang can shred too.
Transfixing stage effects on this one, no?
Odd bedfellows, these artists. But this works! In a fierce and fiery way.
They're distributing the fury equally, seems to me. Sharing the fury.
More oddball team-ups: Steven Tyler and Smokey Robinson are here to give us the big news. It’s Record of the Year time!
Wow: Steven can sing a Smokey song!
Daft Punk is the proud owner of a golden gramophone, and Record of the Year bragging rights. Who will they speak through?
Pharrell is channeling the robots' gratefulness.
That was award No. 9 people. Just one more to go. The night is zooming by -- 30 minutes left in the telecast!
We’ve already seen so much, but there’s still so much to come. Tell me what you’ve liked best so far tonight, and what you’re most anxiously awaiting. It’s why we have commercials! Let’s hash it all out, do some mental cataloguing.
Queen Latifah throws a peace sign on her way to the GRAMMY stage
As much as I love Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who were nominated for seven awards tonight, I’m especially psyched to see their soon-to-be onstage partner Trombone Shorty. He’s among the Crescent City’s coolest exports and a favorite artist of mine. You too?
They’re getting a royal introduction from Queen Latifah.
This is about as inspiring and hopeful as it gets.
“Same Love” is off the 2012 album “The Heist." Macklemore & Ryan Lewis moved a lot of people past judgment and into acceptance with this hit. Which, hooray for that. And them.
Look what’s taking place in the Staples Center aisles: It’s a mass wedding!
Queen Latifah is officiating. Is she a minister? A justice of the peace? Or are queens automatically sanctioned to marry people just because they’re queens?
Madonna’s here to sing her blessings -- hearts are opening.
A lot of joy on this stage-turned-altar right now. This, everybody, is a GRAMMY moment to remember.
It’s not just a GRAMMY moment to remember, actually. It’s even bigger than that. It’s TV moment to remember, something we’ll likely be talking about years from now.