It was clear from the start that Sunday would be a good night for Pharrell Williams. The Virginia Beach native had won a the Producer of the Year Grammy even before he stepped out on stage near the start of the awards show broadcast.
He teamed up with actress Anna Kendrick to hand out the night's first award, Best New Artist, which went to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
About 25 minutes later he was back on stage accepting the trophy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the Daft Punk/Pharrell hit "Get Lucky."
"On behalf of the robots, I'd just like to say, man. Thank you, thank you, thank you," Williams said, standing next to the French duo Daft Punk, standing silent and anonymous in jet black space helmets. Funk guitar hero Nile Rodgers, who also played on the track, stood nearby.
"They want to thank their families," Williams said, motioning toward the Daft Punk boys. Then he thanked "the incredible Nile Rodgers and everyone who worked on the record."
When "Get Lucky" won the prestigious Record of the Year award, Williams said, "Honestly, I bet France is really proud of these guys right now. ... This has been awesome this year."
Earlier in the broadcast, Williams got to sing "Get Lucky" with an all-star band that featured Rodgers, Daft Punk and the great Stevie Wonder. In an extended jam at the end of the tune, Williams sang "Freak out!" repeatedly in honor of Rodgers and the old Chic hit "Le Freak."
He ended the night on stage with Daft Punk again as the group's "Random Access Memories" took the Album of the Year award.
With Sunday's four Grammys, Williams now owns a total of seven.
If there was a small wrinkle in Williams' big night it was sitting on top of his head. A bulky brown hat he wore for part of the event attracted some puzzled comments on social media.
"We love your fly sense of style, Pharrell," wrote Ellie Krupnick on the Huffington Post. "But we're really not sure what to make of the lumpy brown hat you chose for the 2014 Grammys. Our first thought: Canadian mountie."
The Twitter account for the fast-food franchise Arby's posted the message: "Hey Pharrell, can we have our hat back?" By 11:20 p.m., a Twitter account called Pharrell's Hat already had 9,421 followers.
Another ubersuccessful Hampton Roads producer, Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley took home some Grammy love Sunday. "Pusher Love Girl," a song he co-wrote for Justin Timberlake, won in the Best R&B Song category. In winning, he helped edge out his old collaborator Missy Elliott who was named in the same category for a song she made with the singer Fantasia.
Two other musicians with Virginia ties didn't get lucky Sunday. Bluegrass musician James King lost in the Bluegrass Album category to Del McCoury Band. Jim Lauderdale, a country songwriter who spent some formative time as a performer at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, was up for Best Americana Album for a record he made with guitarist Buddy Miller, but that award went to another duo, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.
See the full list of award winners at the Grammys website.