The End Of Daft Punk: Iconic Duo Announce Split

Grammy-winning electronic music pioneers Daft Punk have announced that they are breaking up after 28 years.

The helmet-wearing dance superstars, have had major success over the years, winning six Grammy Awards and launching international hits “One More Time,” “Robot Rock,” “Da Funk,” “Revolution 909” and “Get Lucky” among others.

The French duo, comprised of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, shared the news on Monday in an 8-minute video titled Epilogue. Kathryn Frazier, the band’s longtime publicist, confirmed the break up for The Associated Press as well.

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Bangalter and de Homem-Christo met at a Paris school in 1987, initially forming an indie rock band named Darling. The duo officially formed Daft Punk in 1993, and the helmeted, 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 number one hit and Grammy nomination followed with “Around the World”.

Daft Punk spent time touring around the world and reached greater heights with their sophomore album, 2001’s Discovery. It included the infectious 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.

A year later, a live version of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” won Daft Punk the best dance recording Grammy – their first win – and their Alive 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 Random Access Memories and making history as the first electronic act to win the highest honour at the Grammys. The duo won four awards that night, including record of the year for their bombshell hit “Get Lucky”, featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

Random 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 500 Greatest Albums of All Time last year.

Just last month rare live footage of Daft Punk surface online, showcasing their iconic Alive Tour in Chicago from 2007, relive the pro-shot footage here.

The news of the split has rocked the electronic music industry with many artists taking to twitter to share their response.