Adele Rolling Deep

February 14, 2012 by staff 

Adele Rolling Deep, An emotional Adele reacts while accepting her sixth Grammy of the night during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

On Sunday night, CBS broadcasted the 54th annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony showcased both veteran, up-and-coming and current stars.

The show began with a prayer by host L.L. Cool J for the late Whitney Houston, a six-time Grammy winner who had passed away a mere 24 hours before.

The British ruled the show this year with Adele tying Beyoncé with six gramophones by a female artist in one night. Adele started her winning streak at the beginning of the night with Best Pop Solo Performance. The songstress went on to win Song of The Year, Record of The Year, and Album of the Year during the telecast. Adele also won Best Short Form Music Video and Best Pop Vocal album.

While the British were taking over the musical Western World, the Best New Artist Award went to indie favorite Bon Iver. Although his first album was released in 2008, Bon Iver was recognized for his self-titled second album.

Grammy veterans also had their share of the spotlight, with rock band The Foo Fighters taking home the Best Rock Performance award. Country group Lady Antebellum, who went home with six awards last year, snagged the award for Best Country Album.

Rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West won big for their collaboration “Otis,” scoring the Best Rap Performance award.

Some Grammy viewers criticized the choice of Chris Brown for Best R&B Album. Some felt that Brown should not have received the award because of his violent past.

While the awards were an important part of the show, many viewers tuned in for the performances, including performances by Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys and Paul McCartney. The show was the first time The Beach Boys had all performed together in 20 years. McCartney gave not one, but two, performances.

As a tribute to Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson gave a moving performance of Houston’s hit “I Will Always Love You.”

Sunday night also marked Adele’s return to the stage after having throat surgery last year. She began her performance with an a cappella beginning to “Rolling In The Deep” and finished the song with musical accompaniment.

Rihanna began her performance with her dance hit “We Found Love” and finished with a compilation with British rock band Coldplay, “Princess of China.”

Katy Perry moved performing her single “E.T.” and new single “Part of Me.”

Maroon 5 and Foster The People paid tribute to The Beach Boys, while Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt sang in honor of Etta James.

Sir McCartney wasn’t the only artist to perform twice in the evening. Both Chris Brown and The Foo Fighters performed solo. Later, both artists teamed up with electronic artists David Guetta and Deadmau5, along with rapper Lil’ Wayne, to pay tribute to electronic music.

Other acts included a provocative performance by Nicki Minaj, a duet by Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean, doo-wop by Bruno Mars and a hillbilly stage set featuring Taylor Swift.

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