Daft Punk, the electronic music duo from France, won five Grammy awards including album of the year, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home four trophies and led an industry show of support for gay marriage.
Kevin Rudd vowed to save Labor from a “catastrophic” Australian election defeat when he took over as leader in June. While polls show he’s narrowed the gap, the party still faces eviction after six years in power.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will need to negotiate with a clutch of small parties to get his legislative agenda through parliament from mid-2014 after final counting showed them holding the balance of power in the Senate.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard confronts mounting challenges to her own re-election after her Labor party suffered a landslide poll defeat in Queensland, leaving her with allies governing just two of the nation’s six states.