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After 28 years of making music, Daft Punk is splitting up

The famous pop/electronic duo won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2013 with ‘Random Access Memories’

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In this April 17, 2013 file photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group, Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.

In this April 17, 2013 file photo, Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from the music group, Daft Punk, pose for a portrait in Los Angeles.

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Daft Punk, the Grammy-winning pop/electronic duo behind hits like “Get Lucky” and “One More Time,” has decided to hang up its space helmets.

Variety reports the duo announced their retirement through a video titled “Epilogue” that was uploaded to YouTube on Monday morning.

According to The Guardian, the video uses footage from the duo’s 2006 musical film “Electroma,” music from their 2013 song “Touch,” and a title card that reads “1993-2021.” You can watch the eight-minute video in full here:

Both Pitchfork and Variety received confirmation of the breakup from Daft Punk’s longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier, though she declined to provide further details about the split to either publication.

The breakup marks the end of a 28-year partnership between frenchmen Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, who formed the band after playing together in a rock group called Darlin, The Guardian reports.

According to the site, Daft Punk’s biggest hit was “Get Lucky,” which featured vocals from Pharell Williams and reached No. 1 across world charts in 2013. The song was the lead single from the duo’s fourth and final studio album, “Random Access Memories,” which won six Grammy awards including record and album of the year.

The duo’s most recent singles debuted in 2016, in collaboration with the Weeknd. Together the artists produced “Starboy” and “I Feel it Coming,” two chart-topping songs that were both featured in the Weeknd’s third studio album also titled “Starboy.”

Some are speculating that Daft Punk’s sudden retirement might not be what it seems. In an article reporting on the duo’s breakup, Variety’s Jem Aswad wrote, “It seems likely, considering the group’s famously contrarian and convention-mocking history, that they will continue to release music, videos and whatever other projects strike their fancy.”

He added, “It is even possible that this announcement could be the beginning of a new project.”