These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
The VMAs are a rather prominent example, losing to One Direction. To make matters worse, "Get Lucky" was near the bottom of the votes. See also Fandom Rivalry below.
The French musical awards (Les Victoires de la Musique) are even worse in this regards. None of their albums got nominated ever, despite the presence of a "best electro album" category. They only got nominated twice for "best concert" and lost, once to a veteran of French music (understandable), and once to a singer discovered in a TV musical competition (not quite understandable). No wonder French people are usually derisive towards Les Victoires.
Averted at the 2014 Grammys; Daft Punk took home 5 awards that night, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
The trend also seems to be going full force with the leak of an unreleased song called "Computerized", particularly due to the inclusion of guest rapper Jay-Z.
Contested Sequel: Human After All and Random Access Memories (among fans, critics are favorable toward the latter).
Ear Worm: Given that their main genres are house and techno, and that their lyrics are very simple and repetitive, a lot of their songs fall under this. Hell, they're credited for essentially inventing (or at least highly popularizing) this trope.
Even Better Sequel: While Homework provided good foundation, it was Discovery that really cemented the duo in mainstream history. While the former was more huddled in the French house genre, the latter saw never-before-seen levels of musical and productive experimentation and near-legendary use of sampling to achieve this.
Ever since One Direction won the award for "Song of the Summer" (it was fan-voted, after all, and One Direction has won almost every such award they've been nominated for), things haven't been alright between the two fandoms. Though, to be quite fair, "Best Song Ever" received more than 8.5 million votes, (even their closest rival, Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop," had less than half of that total; a little more than 4 million, to be exact), while "Get Lucky" had a paltry 42k votes, barely beating "Blurred Lines" to avoid finishing dead last.
It's better if nobody mentions anything about the one-sided hatred between fans of Daft Punk and Taylor Swift (aside from the fact that it exists). However, since the 2014 Grammys, it has been the other way around.
The video for "Around the World" seems like a random Halloween-themed number until you realize that each costume is a different musical instrument. The track stars (with the false heads) are the bass, the skeletons are the guitar, the mummies are the drums, the swimsuited women are the keyboards, and the robots are the vocals. And they're dancing around a vinyl record. The stairs are the high and low notes, which go with the track stars.
The lyrics to Something About Us seem pretty lazy compared to other love songs out there, as if DP spent a few minutes to scribble a repetitive verse and a simplistic love declaration as a chorus and didn't bother continuing. But when you watch Interstella 5555 you get introduced a context in which the narrator of the song only has a few minutes to say everything he wants, so he's being brief, direct and earnest.
Random Access Memoriesseems to begenerating this as well. Specifically "Giorgio by Moroder." Either it's slow, repetitive and the worst song on the album, or it's a fitting tribute to one of the biggest names in '70s and '80s electronic music.
It's not entirely clear whether "Daftendirekt" has a hook saying, "The funk back to the punk, come on", or "The funk back to the brain, come on" (or "comma"?). The heavy distortion and filtering throughout the intro doesn't help, to the point where there's brief moments where it sounds like, "The kumquat boopity-boo."
In "Technologic", due to their accents, "pause it" is constantly misinterpreted as "pose it."
Narm Charm: Some of their lyrics display a less than perfect grasp of the English language, with painful rhymes throughout. Does it matter? Nope.
"Digital Love" did this to "I Love You More" by George Duke.
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" did this to "Cola Bottle Baby" by Edwin Birdsong.
By extension, Kanye West's song "Stronger" did this to "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."
"Robot Rock" did this to "Release the Beast" by Breakwater.
"Superheroes" did this to "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed" by Barry Manilow.
Signature Song: Interestingly, while the duo themselves like to use "Alive" as this (judging by how often it's played/sampled live, and the names of their biggest tours [Alive 1997 and Alive 2007]), "Around The World", "One More Time" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" are probably better examples. However, "Get Lucky" seems to fit this better now, since it's by far their biggest hit.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The video for "The Prime Time of Your Life". While there isn't anything subtle about the video (least of all the ending), the Aesop that people suffering from body dsymorphia (and, by inferred extension, eating disorders) aren't inherently vain or shallow but are rather people who are facing something really complex and deserve sympathy is one that is always very important.
Vindicated by History: Daft Punk are noted for always being about five years ahead of everyone else, which has led to many instances of this trope:
Discovery divided critics upon release, but now has been gaining considerable praise over the years, some considering it one of the finest albums of the last decade.
This tendency is particularly visible with Pitchfork: When it was released, Pitchfork's review of Discovery called it "grotesque but relatively harmless" and had a 6.4 score; On their "Top 100 Albums of 2000-04" list it was ranked #12; On their "Top 200 Albums of the 2000s" it was promoted to #3. More particularly, the first two paragraphs of the album review viciously mocked One More Time; nine years later this song ended up at #5 on their "top 500 songs of the 2000s" list.
Human After All had a lukewarm reception, but the phenomenal Alive 2007 tour has convinced the world that the songs of that album sound much better live.
Visual Effects of Awesome: Their Alive 2007 tour. They're pretty much the ones who invented the "DJs with awesome light shows" thing.
The Woobie: Charles, the broken-legged anthropomorphic dog who was the main character of the "Da Funk" video: Over the course of the video, his limp and appearance is mocked by a pair of young boys, he tries to participate in a survey and is turned down for not living in the city long enough, and is treated brusquely by a street vendor (who is annoyed by Charles' broken, constantly blaring boombox). Even when he has a happy reunion with childhood friend Beatrice and she invites him over for dinner, he ends up alone when he can't take the bus with her due to his boombox. In the sequel video "Fresh", Charles appears in a much happier situation — it turns out he became a successful film actor and did get in a relationship with Beatrice after all.