The biggest winners at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards include a teenager from New Zealand, a member of British rock and roll royalty, and two French eccentrics who don't speak on camera and never appear in public without wearing robot suits. As might be expected from such a diverse crowd, each have plans over the next few months that best suit their needs as artists and individuals.
Daft Punk, the French electronic music duo who won five Grammys (Album of the Year for their fourth album "Random Access Memories;" Best Dance/Electronica Album; Best Engineered Album; Record of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Get Lucky") will remain as elusive as ever. There are no scheduled shows for the cryptic pair and no announced plans for a new record. Look for them again on Feb. 19 when they appear at the Brit Awards, where they're nominated for Best International Group. Then it’s back to wherever French robots go between major assignments.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis score major points for pairing their Grammys performance segment with a gay and straight marriage ceremony for dozens of couples who traded vows on national television. The celebration was officiated by Queen Latifah and praised by Daft Punk through one of their spokespersons. Macklemore & Ryan also won four awards during the evening — Best New Artist; Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Thrift Shop," and Best Album for their second record, "The Heist," which was released Oct. 9, 2012. The rappers will shuttle to Australia next month, where they’ll play The Goodlife Youth Music Festival in Brisbane. They'll remain down under through March 13, when they play Auckland, New Zealand. Then, Macklemore and Lewis will head to Asia, where they’ll play from Mach 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, through March 26 in Tokyo. Their last scheduled performance is July 11 in Frauenfeld, Switzerland. Macklemore has said that once the tour is finished they will start working on the follow-up to "The Heist." He estimated it would take three years until it's ready for release.
The 17-year-old New Zealand pop star became the youngest artist ever to win Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. "Royals," from her debut album, "Pure Heroine," continues to play on radio stations across the country and if you can't get enough, she’ll soon be coming to a venue near you. First, she'll finish her tour of Australia, which ends Feb. 8 in Fremantle, then she’ll fly back to the U.S., where she'll launch her North American tour March 3 in Austin, Texas. Dates are scheduled through March 26 in Oakland, California. Then, Lorde will perform at Lollapalooza Chile on March 30 in Santiago and Lollapalooza Brazil on April 5 before playing at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, on April 12. "Pure Heroine" was released Sept. 27, 2013. Only time will tell whether Lorde is just another one-hit wonder or the next Dido.
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Not only did Beatles co-founder Paul McCartney win a Grammy with a song he hammered out with Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, "Cut Me Some Slack," he ended the night with three other Grammys (Best Boxed Set for "Wings Over America" and Best Music Film and Best Surround Sound for "Live Kisses"). Sir Paul has toured extensively over the past year to support his latest solo album, "New," which was released on Oct. 11, 2013. While he has no concerts currently scheduled, the Beatles have just unveiled newly remastered CDs of all of their American releases. And on Feb. 9, the Fab Four will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their legendary performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
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Having released two albums in the last year, "The 20/20 Experience" and "The 20/20 Experience -2 of 2," maybe it’s poetic justice that the former 'N Sync member won two Grammys (Best Video for "Suit and Tie" and Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl"). Now that both CDs are out, Timberlake will be promoting them hard and heavy on his 20/20 Experience World Tour. He’ll play U.S. dates from Feb. 7 in Fargo, North Dakota through March 5 in Miami before he heads to Sheffield, England, on March 30 for a European tour. The last date is June 10 in London. Then Timberlake will take a breather before returning to North America for another tour leg that launches July 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and runs through Aug. 12 in Los Angeles.