Sunday evening, February 12, 2012, didn’t start out exactly the way the 54th Annual Grammy Awards organizers had originally planned. The unexpected death of Whitney Houston was very much on everyone’s mind. The evening began with a moving tribute to the golden-voiced Houston by LL Cool J and Jennifer Hudson who used her powerful voice to bring one of Whitney most famous songs, “I Will Always Love You”, to her fans one more time. They set the mood for the night and while there was sadness over the untimely passing, viewers were encouraged to celebrate the wonderful legacy that the star brought to the industry.
It was Adele’s night. The British songstress comeback was everything she could have hoped for as she swept the awards and also gave a magnificent rendition of her hit Someone Like You. She received the Grammy for Best Album for ‘Rolling in the Deep’, Album of the Year for ’21’, Song of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep”, Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You”, Best Pop Vocal Album for ’21’ and Best Short Form Music Video for “Rolling in the Deep”.
Among the other big winners of the night were Kanye West, the Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, Skrillex, Tony Bennett and Taylor Swift.
Foo Fighters won awards for Best Rock Performance for “Walk”, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “White Limo”, Best Rock Song for “Walk:, Best Rock Album for ‘Wasting Light’ and Best Long Form Music Video for “Back and Forth”. They lost for Album of the Year.
Kanye West won several awards, Best Rap Performance along with Jay-Z for “Otis”, Best Rap/Song Collaboration and also Best Rap Song for “All Of The Lights” with Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie and Best Rap Album for ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’.
Bon Iver won the Grammy for Best New Artist and the Best Alternative Music Album. He lost in the Record of the Year Category and Song of the Year.
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance went to Tony Bennett and the late Amy Winehouse for Body and Soul from his Duets II Album. He also won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Tony Bennett and Various Artists.
Skrillex won two Grammys for ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’, the Best Dancing Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album. He lost in the Best New Artist category.
Best Country Solo Performance went to Taylor Swift for “Mean” which was also named the Best Country Song. The Best Country Duo/Group Performance went to The Civil Wars for “Barton Hollow”. The Best Country Album award went to Lady Antebellum for ‘Own the Night’.
Best Historical Album went to Paul McCartney for ‘Band on the Run’, ‘The King’s Speech’ won for
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media and ‘The Book of Mormon’ won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
Could Betty White get any hotter? She has even won a Grammy, The Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling) for ‘If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)’.
Among the biggest losers was Lady Gaga who was passed over in every category for which she was nominated as well as Bruno Mars and Katy Parry.
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