Adele won every Grammy 2012 category in which she was nominated including album of the year and best record with Rolling In the Deep.
Los Angeles / NationalTurk – On an evening clouded by the unexpected loss of one superstar, another was rained with awards at Sunday’s 54th annual Grammy Awards 2012 in Los Angeles, US.
Tributes to Whitney Houston, who died suddenly on Saturday, and who was remembered by fellow artists in acceptance speeches and songs marked the evening of 54th annual Grammy Awards 2012. The soul singer Adele triumphed and performed onstage at Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California after returning from an operation.
Adele : Grammy 2012 marked by her success and the loss of Whitney Houston
British neo-soul songstress Adele collected six Grammys after winning every category in which she was nominated, including album of the year for 21 and best record for Rolling In the Deep.
Jennifer Hudson sang her signature hit I Will Always Love You, and the Grammy host LL Cool J offered a prayer for Houston’s family, friends and fans.
“Although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed by her musical spirit,” he said.
But it was Adele who stole the show. The 23-year-old underwent surgery on her vocal cords late last year and had been resting her voice on doctor’s orders until US music’s biggest night. For the first time since then, the singer took the stage to belt out Rolling In the Deep and finished to a standing ovation.
Adele claimed three of the top awards – album, record and song of the year – and added best pop solo performance, pop vocal and short video to her stack of trophies.
Not holding her tears as she collected the album prize, Adele talked about 21 and its heartfelt songs dreamed up after a failed love affair. ‘ This record is inspired by something that is really normal and everyone’s been through it, just a rubbish relationship, and it’s gone on to do things I can’t tell you how I feel about it, it’s been the most life-changing year. ‘
The album has sold more than 6.3 million copies alone in the US and broken many sales records, including spending 19 weeks at No 1 on the US Billboard album chart.
Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters : Human element in the making of music is still most important
Foo Fighters were the other big winners, winning up five Grammy Awards including best rock performance for their hit Walk. ‘This is a great honour because this record was a special record for Foo Fighters. Rather than go to the best studio … we made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine,” said the Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl. “It shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important.” he said and he and fellow band members were applauded frantically.
Anothetr standing ovation went towards Taylor Swift, who picked up Grammys for solo performance and country song with Mean, which she performed brilliant in fashion . She had been expected to take best country album, too, but Lady Antebellum took that prize for Own the Night.
Another surprise came when Bon Iver took the ahead of Nicki Minaj, who had been widely expected to win. Skrillex won two Grammys for best dance recording and top dance/electronica album with Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.
Father of Beyonce baby Blue Ivy carter Jay-Z and rapper Kanye West won best rap performance with their song Otis, from the album Watch the Throne, but they failed to show up to claim their prize. Chris Brown won the Grammy for best R&B album with FAME.
West entered the night with seven nominations, more than any other artist, but came away with the Grammy for Otis and another for best rap album with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Sensational performances were given by legendary Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Chris Brown, Coldplay and Rihanna, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson. Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt sang a duet of A Sunday Kind of Love, by the late Etta James.
Despite losing the battle for Grammy for best new artist, Nicki Minaj gave fans an over-the-top performance toward the show’s final act, and Sir Paul McCartney ended in a guitar-heavy number with Springsteen, Grohl and others.
Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Etta James : Beautiful girl band in heavens
One of the show’s more poignant moments came early in the day when Amy Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and Janis, accepted the award for best pop duo or group performance for Body and Soul, by their late daughter and Tony Bennett. “Long live Whitney Houston, long live Amy Winehouse and long live Etta James,” Mitch Winehouse said. “There’s a beautiful girl band up there.”