Grammy-winning duo Daft Punk break up after 28 years

  • FILE - In this April 17, 2013 file photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group, Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning French act have announced their break up. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this April 17, 2013 file photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group, Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning French act have announced their break up. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

  • FILE - In this April 17, 2013 file photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group, Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning French act have announced their break up. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this April 17, 2013 file photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group, Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning French act have announced their break up. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 2/22/2021 1:48 PM

NEW YORK -- 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 'œEpilogue." Kathryn Frazier, the band's longtime publicist, confirmed the break up 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 international hits with 'œOne More Time," 'œHarder, Better, Faster, Stronger' and 'œGet Lucky."

Bangalter and de Homem-Christo met at a Paris school in 1987. Prior to Daft Punk, they formed an indie rock band named Darling.

They officially formed Daft Punk in 1993, and the helmeted, mute and mysterious musicians released their debut album, 'œHomework," in 1997. They first found success with the international hit 'œDa Funk," which topped the Billboard dance charts and earned them their first Grammy nomination. A second No. 1 hit and Grammy nomination followed with 'œAround the World."

Daft Punk spent time touring around the world and reached greater heights with their sophomore album, 2001's 'œDiscovery." It included the infectious smash 'œOne More Time' and 'œHarder, Better, Faster, Stronger," which Kanye West famously flipped into his own hit 'œStronger," released in 2007. It won West the best rap solo performance Grammy at the 2008 show, where West and Daft Punk performed together onstage.

A year later, a live version of 'œHarder, Better, Faster, Stronger' won Daft Punk the best dance recording Grammy - their first win - and their 'œAlive 2007" album picked up best electronic/dance album.

But it was the 2014 Grammys where Daft Punk really took the spotlight, winning album of the year for 'œRandom 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 bombshell hit 'œGet Lucky," featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

'œRandom Access Memories' was regarded as a genre-bending album highlighted by its mix of live instrumentation, disco sounds, funk, rock, R&B and more. Rolling Stone ranked it No. 295 on their list of the 'œ500 Greatest Albums of All Time' last year.

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