You know what feels great? Being a winner before the game even starts. That's how Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were feeling an hour before they took their seats for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, since they already had a hat trick in the pre-tel awards.
Macklemore Kick Off A Huge Night
One a night when they were expected to make some history with their debut Grammy performance, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis got things started in baller fashion with a trifecta of wins for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Thrift Shop" and Best Rap Album went for their breakthrough, The Heist.
Zedd Gets 'Clarity,' Daft Punk Get Random Love
In a year when he helped Lady Gaga bring ARTPOP to life, Zedd landed his first Grammy for Best Dance Recording Grammy for his smash "Clarity" with Foxes. Daft Punk won their third golden gramophone for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Random Access Memories.
They also snagged Best Engineered Album Non-Classical for the disc that spawned one of the year's biggest hits in "Get Lucky."
Speaking to MTV News on the red carpet, Zedd said he was speechless, saying of the competition, "There's so many other artists that have inspired me to do what I do that are in the same category."
Justin Timberlake Also Gets Some 'Love'
It was a good night early on for Justin Timberlake, who took Grammys number seven and eight for Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl" and Best Music Video for "Suit & Tie."
Dragons And Fire And Neptune
Other early winners included Imagine Dragons for Best Rock Performance for "Radioactive," Alicia Keys for Best R&B Album for Girl on Fire and Rihanna taking Best Urban Contemporary Album for Unapologetic.
While his giant hat was getting all the attention early on, Pharrell Williams was honored for a year when he seemed to be everywhere. He won the prestigious Producer of the Year Non-Classical thanks to his work with Jay Z, Robin Thicke, Destiny's Child, Mayer Hawthrone and Jennifer Hudson.
It was also a big night for Adele, who won the Best Song Written for Visual Media for her James Bond soundtrack tune "Skyfall." And, in a year when they topped many critic's polls, Vampire Weekend got Grammy gold for Modern Vampires of the City, which won Best Alternative Music Album.
"I think that loss to the black keys in 2011 motivated us to work even harder on this album," said singer Ezra Koenig. "I don't know if technically we can say we defeated them this time, but we did win something so Black Keys, take that as you will."