Adele Wins Six Grammy Awards, Foo Fighters Five, Kanye West Four
Adele Thanks Radio
February 13, 2012 at 5:51 AM (PT)
Pictured (L-R): Steve Barnett, Chairman/COO, Columbia Records Adele, Rob Stringer Chairman/CEO Columbia Records, Doug Morris, CE
The 54th GRAMMY AWARDS were held last night with the loss of WHITNEY HOUSTON hanging over the event, but it was another woman with a memorable voice that dominated the awards. ADELE was the big winner, with six GRAMMY AWARDS including Album, Record and Song Of The Year.
In addition to the six-pack of trophies, ADELE also showed her recent throat surgery is but a distant memory, knocking out an amazing live version of "Rolling in the Deep." This was her first public performance since the operation.
And as ADELE accepts her Record Of The Year Grammy for "Rolling In The Deep," she thanks radio for playing it. Find it at 1:28 into this video.
The broadcast kicked off with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND performing their new song, "We Take Care of Our Own," and then host LL COOL J addressed the loss of WHITNEY HOUSTON. Said LL COOL J, "We ask ourselves, how do we speak to this time, to this day? There is no way around this. We've had a death in our family. At least to me, the only thing that seems right is to start with a prayer for our fallen sister, WHITNEY HOUSTON." He then read a prayer.
JENNIFER HUDSON performed a tribute to HOUSTON, singing her hit "I Will Always Love You."
The other big winners included FOO FIGHTERS with five awards and KANYE WEST with four.
The various performances were in many minds, the highlights of the evening. GLEN CAMPBELL, who is battling Alzheimer's disease, sang "Rhinestone Cowboy."
CHRIS BROWN made a big comeback with great dancing performed on a pile of giant cubes before winning a GRAMMY for best R&B album for "F.A.M.E." Said BROWN, "First and foremost, I gotta thank God, and thank the GRAMMYS for letting me get on this stage and do my thing. All my fans, I love you. We got one. Thank you."
BON IVER won for Best New Artist.
Two blasts from the past were featured, as the BEACH BOYS reunited onstage with music that also featured MAROON 5 and FOSTER THE PEOPLE.
SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY also graced the GRAMMY stage, performing "My Valentine" with an orchestra, JOE WALSH and DIANA KRALL.
Find the full list of winners here.