Music’s biggest night was also one of the awards season’s longest nights, but with more than 20 artists performing at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, it’s easy to see how the evening could get a little off schedule.
Nonetheless, the three-and-a-half hour show saw plenty of memorable and unexpected moments. Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s dynamite duet was as tantalizing as we'd hoped it would be, while a mass wedding ceremony towards the end of the show tugged at our heartstrings (and caught us completely by surprise!).
And who would have guessed that Pharell Williams would dominate the red carpet with the most talked about accessory of the evening?
Read on for our list of the most memorable moments from the 2014 GRAMMY Awards.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s sultry opening: The performance with the biggest hype leading up to the GRAMMY was, without a doubt, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s rumoured duet. The husband-and-wife team did not disappoint when it came to their rendition of “Drunk in Love,” with Blue Ivy’s mom giving us the best “chair dance” we’ve seen in years.
Lorde’s speech: The outspoken, GRAMMY-winning songstress writes lyrics that are wise beyond her years, but her sweet words upon winning reminded us that she's 17. Delivering a modest speech that began with, “Oh. Hello,” the wild-haired teenager charmed us all while accepting her award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
Pharell Williams’ Mountie hat: Pharell was the silent winner of the night, quietly taking home three GRAMMYs including for Producer of the Year. But it was Pharell’s Canadian-inspired “Mountie” hat that stole the show, and spawned a series of hilarious comparisons on social media – even Beyoncé couldn’t get over the massive chapeau.
Taylor Swift’s head banging: The Internet was buzzing after Taylor Swift’s dramatic performance of “All Too Well,” during which the gorgeous singer tossed her enviable blowout with melodramatic gusto. The Gif-able moment had us booking last-minute appointments at the salon.
A sort-of Beatles reunion: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for the first time in more than three years to perform Paul's single "Queenie Eye," a song from his New album. For the duet, Paul sat at a psychedelic piano made famous during the Beatles' 1967 Magical Mystery Tour.
Yoko Ono dances to "Get Lucky": No one is immune to the infectious beat of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" – not even 80-year-old Yoko Ono, who was seen busting a move alongside son Sean Lennon. Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell, and Beyoncé and Jay Z were also spotted cutting a rug from the Grammys audience.
P!nk’s acrobatics: P!nk showed off her incredible strength and grace with a Cirque de Soleil-inspired performance of her song “Try.” It wasn’t the first time the pop singer had done these kinds of acrobatics at the Grammys (in 2010, she did a high-flying rendition of “Glitter in the Air”), but it was still one of the most impressive acts of the evening.
34 weddings: Who better than Queen Latifah, Madonna and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to officiate 34 weddings? The rap duo performed their hit “Same Love” with Madge while 34 different couples, some gay and some straight, made their love official in front of millions of viewers. It was an odd, but strangely uplifting moment – we spotted Keith Urban shedding a tear and Katy Perry catching a bouquet!