By Brian Ives and Scott T. Sterling
While the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards rocked the world from the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night (Jan. 26), a cavalcade of the night’s big winners faced the press behind the scenes. Here’s a blow-by-blow look at what the stars were saying under the scrutiny of the Fourth Estate.
Darius Still Loves Duck Dynasty: Darius Rucker won Best Country Solo Performance for his cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” When Radio.com asked him if he had any regrets about using the Duck Dynasty guys in the song’s video, he said, “No, they’re good people man. The press made that controversy, they’re good people.”
Related: The 2014 GRAMMYs Winners List
Daft Punk: the new KISS? “These are pretty weighty,” smiled Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers when asked how it felt to hold the band’s pile of major awards from the night, including Song of the Year for “Get Lucky” and Album of the Year for Random Access Memories. He was quick to defend the duo when asked how much of Daft Punk’s persona was “schtick.”
“My old band, Chic, we had a concept that was similar, the whole anonymous thing,” Rodgers responded. “The band KISS, if you remember back in the day, KISS wore their make-up and that was their thing. I remember when KISS took the make-up off, it was a really big deal.”
Robots Resurrect the Phantom: “I’ve made some movies that no one saw, including my family, when they first came out, like Phantom of the Paradise,” laughed ’70s songwriter/Daft Punk collaborator Paul Williams. He’d been asked about starring in the 1974 Brian de Palma-directed cult classic, which has been cited by Daft Punk as an early inspiration for the band’s robot personas. “The guys in Daft Punk told me they’ve seen it 20 times, and it’s led to me working on two major projects, including Random Access Memories. I’m also working on a remake of Pan’s Labyrinth with director Guillermo del Toro that’s based on Phantom of the Paradise.”