Adele cleans up at Grammys

There was no denying the somber tone that underlied last night’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards, just a day after the shocking news of Whitney Houston’s death. Host LL Cool J opened the show with a heartfelt prayer for Houston as the audience bowed their heads in solitude to pay homage to the singer and her contributions to the music industry. The prayer was followed by a video of the singer performing her hit, “I Will Always Love You” followed by LL Cool J sharing what everyone was feeling — “Whitney, we will always love you.” And with that the award show was underway.

Adele was by far the night’s leading lady, taking home six awards including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Her performance of “Rolling in the Deep” — her first live act since her vocal cord surgery last October — earned her a standing ovation. The night was also full of other notable performances, like Nicki Minaj’s exorcism themed spectacle to debut her new single “Roman Holiday;” a reunion of the Beach Boys with Foster the People and Maroon 5; Rihanna’s duet with Coldplay; and a high-energy ode to dance music featuring esteemed DJ’s Deadmau5 and David Guetta, the Foo Fighters, and Chris Brown, who also took home his first Grammy. The night was also topped off with an emotional tribute to Houston with Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”

Other big winners for last night’s Grammys included the Foo Fighters with five awards, Kanye West (who surprisingly wasn’t in attendance) with four, and Taylor Swift with two. The late Amy Winehouse also picked up a prize for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her track “Body and Soul” with Tony Bennett. Check out the full list below to see who else took home a a little gold trophy.

Album of the Year – Adele, 21
Record of the Year – Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Song of the Year – Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Best New Artist – Bon Iver
Best Pop Solo Performance – Adele, “Someone Like You”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse, “Body and Soul”
Best Pop Instrumental Album – Booker T. Jones, The Road From Memphis
Best Pop Vocal Album – Adele, 21
Best Dance Recording – Skrillex, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”
Best Dance/Electronica Album – Skrillex, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – Tony Bennett & Various Artists, Duets II
Best Rock Performance – Foo Fighters, “Walk”
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance – Foo Fighters, “White Limo”
Best Rock Song – Foo Fighters, “Walk”
Best Rock Album – Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
Best Alternative Music Album – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Best R&B Performance – Corinne Bailey Rae, “In This Love”
Best Traditional R&B Performance – Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona, “Fool For You”
Best R&B Song – “Fool For You” (Performed by Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona)
Best R&B Album – Chris Brown, F.A.M.E.
Best Rap Performance – Kanye West & Jay-Z, “Otis”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie, “All Of The Lights”
Best Rap Song – “All Of The Lights” (Performed by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
Best Rap Album – Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Best Country Solo Performance – Taylor Swift, “Mean”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance – The Civil Wars, “Barton Hollow”
Best Country Song – Taylor Swift, “Mean”
Best Country Album – Lady Antebellum, Own The Night
Best Spoken Word Album – Betty White, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)
Best Comedy Album – Louis C.K., Hilarious
Best Musical Theater Album – The Book of Mormon
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media – Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media – Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
Best Song Written For Visual Media – Tangled, “I See The Light”
Best Historical Album – Paul McCartney, Band On The Run
Best Short Form Music Video – Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Best Long Form Music Video – Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters: Back And Forth

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  1. John • February 13, 2012 @ 11:06 AM

    Since when is Kanye too cool for the Grammys? Though I bet Taylor Swift was a little relieved

  2. RA • February 13, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

    Seems like Nicki Minaj is totally trying to make herself the next Lady Gaga. And way to try and stir up controversy for yourself by walking the red carpet with a pope…very classy movie Nicki

  3. Olive • February 13, 2012 @ 9:47 PM

    Besides Chris “Never Gonna Sing Live” Brown, the Grammys were awesome. But one thought: Was Lady Gaga… high? She was just had that never blinking eyes and creppy smile of a seriel killer all night. It was just weird

  4. JustSomeone • February 14, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

    Maybe she was trying to cover up her grief over being outdone by Nicki Minaj.

    Or maybe she was high. That seems possible too

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