So, Daft Punk Punked The Grammy Awards
If you were too tired during the 12th hour of the Grammy Awards to notice that Daft Punk—the actual, real humans behind the biggest duo in house music—didn't accept their Best Album of the Year or Best Pop Duo awards, I wouldn't blame you. The French pair (government names Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) have gone to great lengths to perpetuate the robots-making-music illusion for nearly 20 years. But who wants to see the greatest moments of their careers unfold from behind dark, hot, sweaty masks?
Going off of real images of Guy and Thomas taken during the days surrounding the Grammys, Internet sleuths have discovered that the dynamically daft duo were not the robots who accepted the honors on stage! Instead, the suit-and-tie clad-humans behind Daft Punk congratulated their robotic stand-ins and collaborator Pharrell Williams from the audience before sending them off to accept the much-deserved awards.
Check it out. Here's TMZ's ambush of Daft Punk at the airport where the guys are obviously required to not be wearing futuristic Tron-style helmets:
And here's a Tweet just ahead of the Grammy's shared by the band The Knocks (which was promptly deleted):
Finally, here are screenshots and videos of the humans and the robots colliding in one big pop-cultural meta Where's Waldo moment:
Hmmm. I paid $75 to see Daft Punk live a few years back. How cool or horrible is it that I possibly paid that sum to watch two extras push a few buttons on their gear? (Though, in all fairness, it was one of the greatest concert experiences of my life.)