Daft Punk, Macklemore top left-of-center Grammys
Musgraves explored similar themes to take home country album for "Same Trailer Different Park" and country song "Merry Go ‘Round," categories that Swift seemed destined to win given her history with the Grammys. Musgraves also performed a neon-inflected version of "Follow Your Arrow," a song that includes the line "Kiss lots of boys/Or kiss lots of girls/if that’s something you’re into" among other socially conscious messages.
And then there’s the curious case of Lorde, the New Zealand teenager whose invitation to ignore all the status symbols and swag signifiers of pop music in her song "Royals" was one of the year’s out-of-nowhere hits. She took major award song of the year and best pop solo performance.
The singer shyly summed up the experience in just a few words during her acceptance speech: "Thank you everyone who has let this song explode. Because it’s been mental."
AP writers Anthony McCartney and Beth Harris contributed to this report.
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