ADELE SWEEPS 2012 GRAMMYS

The title of this post says it all. Adele was the huge winner of last night’s Grammy Awards, sweeping in each category she was nominated for, tying Beyoncé for the most awards won by a female artist in one night.  Adele won for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal for her 21, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video for “Rolling in the Deep”, and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You”. One of the key factors for people turning into the Awards show last night was due to the fact the this would be Adele’s returning performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery in 2011. She wowed the jam-packed Staples Center and the millions watching at home with her hit “Rolling in the Deep”.

Host LL Cool J, kicked off the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, with a prayer, for the one and only Whitney Houston. Many tuned into the broadcast out of curiosity to see how they would honour the diva. LL Cool J’s prayer for Whitney: “Heavenly Father, we thank you for sharing your sister Whitney with us. Today our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter and all of her loved ones, and although she has gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit and to have her lasting legacy of music to cherish and share forever. Amen.” With that, the show was kicked into high gear and never looked back.

Bruce Springsteen was the first to perform on the awards show, and from there the night looked promising as other performers included the Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Rihanna in a special duet, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, an exorcism-like performance by Nicki Minaj (which still has people scratching their heads in confusion/disbelief), a reunion by The Beach Boys, including tribute performances by Maroon 5 and Foster The People just to name a few, but the big performer of the night was the Queen of this year’s Grammy awards, Adele. Other big winners of the night were the Foo Fighters, who won Best Rock Performance and who took to the stage as performers as well, playing their hit single “Walk” from their latest album “Guiding Light”. Perhaps the best moment of the night (for us anyways) was Dave Grohl’s acceptance speech. He said: “To me, this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do.  It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (points to heart) and it’s about what goes on in here (points to head)”.  He should have got an award for the speech alone!

Everybody seemed to be waiting on Jennifer Hudson though, as it was announced a mere hours after Whitney Houston’s death that the Grammy Awards would pay tribute to her and would do so with Jennifer singing “I Will Always Love You”, which came to be known as Whitney’s signature song.  Jennifer Hudson paid tribute not only to Whitney, but also to other musicians, producers, and influential people in music that we had lost throughout the past year. After the video package was complete, Jennifer Hudson took to the stage and belted out one of the most beautiful renditions of “I Will Always Love You” that anybody has ever heard.

Critics and fan have grumbled that the show was long, spanning three and a half hours. Regardless, even if this was a negative in many viewers’ eyes, the Grammys were jam packed with performances and focused on live music from some of the most popular musical acts today and in reality no music fan can really complain about that.

What did you think of the show? Was it too long? Did the wrong musical acts win? Give us your thoughts and comment below!

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