7 moments that rocked the Grammys

By Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters

Posted at Jan 27 2014 03:37 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2014 11:37 PM

LOS ANGELES -- The Grammy awards, music's biggest night, is as much about the lively performances and often rare collaborations between big names as it is about the awards handed out across 82 categories.

Here are some of Sunday night's top moments telecast live from the Grammy stage.

1. Their 'sippy cup' runneth over

Beyonce performs "Drunk In Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

A scantily clad, sultry Beyonce opened the Grammy awards by gyrating on a fog-filled set, singing "Drunk in Love" with rapper husband Jay Z, her first public performance since the stealth release of her latest, self-titled album. The song is a follow-up to the couple's 2003 duet on "Crazy in Love."

Later in the show, Jay Z gave a shoutout to the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, while accepting the award for best rap collaboration for "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake - "I want to tell Blue, look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you." Within minutes, the hashtag #GoldSippyCup became a top trending topic on Twitter.

2. Beatles come together

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr prepare to take a bow after performing together at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

The two surviving members of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, joined forces to perform a new song, "Queenie Eye." The catchy rock song hearkened back to the Beatles' trademark hits. The Liverpool band will be honored by the Recording Academy at a special tribute concert on Monday marking the 50th anniversary of their arrival in the United States on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

3. Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis celebrate 'same love'

Madonna performs her song "Open Your Heart" as Queen Latifah celebrates after performing a mass marriage ceremony during the "Same Love" segment by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

Thirty-three couples, both same-sex and heterosexual, were married live on television as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert performed "Same Love," an ode to marriage equality and gay rights. Queen Latifah officiated the mass marriage on a Grammy stage made to resemble a cathedral with giant arches, while Madonna, dressed in a white suit and cowboy hat, came on to sing her hit, "Open Your Heart," before joining Lambert to finish the ceremony.

4. Robots 'get lucky' with Wonder

Wonder (front) performs "Get Lucky" with Daft Punk at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

French electro-music duo Daft Punk performed their second televised performance ever with their hit "Get Lucky," sung by Pharrell Williams and veteran soul singer Stevie Wonder. Daft Punk, dressed in white suits with white helmets, fused "Get Lucky" with 1970s hit song "Le Freak" and Wonder's "Another Star" on a stage resembling a recording studio. The audience was its feet, dancing along to the infectious beats.

5. Las Vegas meets Compton

Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons perform "Radioactive" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

Rapper Kendrick Lamar, from Compton, California, and Las Vegas alt-rock group Imagine Dragons fused their musical styles together to perform a mash-up of their singles "M.A.A.D City" and "Radioactive," accompanied by large drums and strobe-lights.

6. Pink flying high

Pink hangs in the air from a sling as she performs "Try" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

Pink performed aerial acrobatics over the Grammy audience while singing "Try," before jumping on stage to sing "Just Give Me a Reason" with Fun. frontman Nate Ruess.

7. Metal meets ivory keys

Pianist Lang Lang performs "One" with Metallica at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Mario Anzuoni, Reuters

Hard rock group Metallica stormed the Grammy stage with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang, performing a rousing rendition of the band's single, "One." Lang Lang later showcased his classical talents by performing Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1" to lead the Grammys' tribute to late pianist Van Cliburn.