Daft Punk breaks up after 28 years
– Grammy-winning electronic music pioneers Daft Punk have announced that they are breaking up after 28 years.
The helmet-wearing French duo shared the news Monday in an 8-minute video called “Epilogue.” Kathryn Frazier, the band’s publicist, confirmed the breakup for The Associated Press.
Daft Punk, comprised of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, have had major success over the years, winning six Grammy Awards and launching such hits as “One More Time,” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and “Get Lucky.”
Bangalter and de Homem-Christo met at a Paris school in 1987. They formed Daft Punk in 1993, and the mute and mysterious musicians released their debut album, “Homework,” in 1997. They first found success with the international hit “Da Funk,” which topped the Billboard dance charts and earned them their first Grammy nomination. A second No. 1 hit and Grammy nomination followed with “Around the World.”
In 2001, they released their sophomore album, 2001’s “Discovery.” It included the smash “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” which Kanye West famously flipped into his own hit “Stronger,” released in 2007. It won West the best rap solo performance Grammy at the 2008 show, where West and Daft Punk performed together onstage.
But it was the 2014 Grammys where Daft Punk really took the spotlight, 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 “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.