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Daft Punk breaks up af­ter 28 years

- BY MESFIN FEKADU AP Mu­sic Writer Entertainment · Musicians · Celebrity Culture · Celebrities · Music · Electronic Music · Daft Punk · Paris · Kanye West · Pharrell Williams · Nile Rodgers · Thomas Bangalter · Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

– 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.

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