Paul Williams scores with Daft Punk 

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  • Nile Rodgers, left, Paul Williams and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk accept the award for album of the year for "Random Access Memories" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.
From “The Rainbow Connection” to Daft Punk glory — that’s Paul Williams.

The songwriter accepted the Grammy Award for album of the year for the silent Daft Punk, with a great opening line, according to People magazine: “Back when I was drinking, I would imagine things that weren’t there and I’d get frightened. Then I got sober and two robots called and asked me to make an album.”

Williams, who co-wrote two tracks on Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” picked up his third Grammy on Sunday, having previously won song of the year in 1977 for “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)” and best children’s recording in 1979 for “The Muppet Movie.” He wrote a little tune called “The Rainbow Connection” and the theme from “The Love Boat.”

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