Grammy-winning duo Daft Punk split after 28 years
NEW YORK – Grammy-winning electronic music pioneers Daft Punk have announced they are going their separate ways after 28 years.
The French helmet-wearing duo shared the news on Monday in an 8-minute video titled “Epilogue.” Kathryn Frazier, the group’s longtime publicist, confirmed the split for The Associated Press.
Daft Punk, consisting of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, has enjoyed major success over the years, winning six Grammy Awards and launching international hits with “One More Time”, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger And “Be lucky.”
Bangalter and de Homem-Christo met at a Parisian school in 1987. Before Daft Punk, they formed an independent rock band called Darling.
They officially formed Daft Punk in 1993, and the helmeted, mute and mysterious musicians released their debut album, “Homework”, in 1997. They first found success with the international hit “Da Funk”, which dominated the Billboard dance charts and earned them their first Grammy nomination. A second No. 1 hit and a Grammy nomination followed with “Around the World”.
Daft Punk spent time touring the world and reached greater heights with his second album, 2001’s “Discovery”. It included the contagious hit “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” , which Kanye West celebrated with his own hit “Stronger,” released in 2007. It won West the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 2008 show, where West and Daft Punk performed on stage together.
A year later, a live version of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” won Daft Punk the award for Best Grammy Dance Recording – their first victory – and their album “Alive 2007” won Best Electronic Album / dance.
But it was the 2014 Grammys where Daft Punk really took center stage, winning Album of the Year for “Random Access Memories” and making history as the first electronic act to win the highest honor. at the Grammys. The duo won four awards that night, including record of the year for their hit “Get Lucky”, starring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
“Random Access Memories” was considered a genre album, highlighted by its mix of live instruments, disco sounds, funk, rock, R&B and more. Rolling Stone ranked it No. 295 on its “500 Best Albums of All Time” list last year.