Good morning, and happy Monday. Here are six of the top stories we are following this morning at NBC News:
1. Lorde, Daft Punk get lucky at Grammys
The Grammys paid homage to the Beatles, who made their first American TV appearance 50 years ago. But it was the newer acts who struck Grammy gold: New Zealand singer Lorde won song of the year, while French electronic music duo Daft Punk — known for their space-age head gear — took home album of the year. Read more in POP CULTURE.
Also making a statement with his head gear was Daft Punk collaborator Pharrell Williams, who won producer of the year. His choice of hat even earned its own Twitter account:
2. Brain dead pregnant woman taken off life support
Texas woman Marlise Munoz was disconnected from a ventilator Sunday — eight weeks after she was found unconscious. A Fort Worth hospital had put her on life support because she was 14 weeks pregnant, although it was against her family's wishes. Read more in NEWS.
3. Intense cold creating propane shortage as more snow, ice set to coat South
The cold snap isn’t letting up this week as forecasters say more subzero temperatures will grip much of the U.S. through the end of January. The deep freeze has also put a pinch on propane supplies. Read more in NEWS.
4. Obama must start defining legacy in State of the Union speech
The president, who’s been in a combative mode with Capitol Hill lawmakers, will have several topics to talk about during Tuesday’s annual progress report. The list is expected to include the economy, immigration, guns and health care. Read more in POLITICS.
5. Motive unclear in fatal Maryland mall shooting
Authorities identified the gunman as Darion Macrus Aguilar, 19, a manager at a Dunkin’ Donuts. But Howard County police were baffled as to why he killed two mall skate shop employees before commiting suicide Saturday. Read more in NEWS.
6. Cruise ship heading back to U.S. after norovirus sickens hundreds
More than 600 people aboard a Royal Caribbean ship heading for the U.S. Virgin Islands were sickened by the fast-moving gut bug. The ship, expected to return to New Jersey by Tuesday, must be thoroughly sanitized, officials said. Read more in NEWS.
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Oscar nominee Jonah Hill hosted “Saturday Night Live” and got a helping hug from “Wolf of Wall Street” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. The pair teamed up to recreate one of DiCaprio’s iconic scenes from “Titanic”: