Soul singer, Adele triumphed in her return to music’s stage on Sunday, scooping up six Grammys and winning every category in which she was nominated including album of the year for “21” and best record with “Rolling In the Deep.”
Late Whitney Houston who just passed on Saturday seemed to have clouded the evening as she was being remembered by fellow artists in acceptance speeches and songs. Jennifer Hudson sang Houston’s signature hit “I Will Always Love You,” and Grammy host LL Cool J offered a prayer for Houston’s family, friends and fans.
But Adele really stole the show.
The 23-year-old, who has taken the music world by storm, underwent surgery on her vocal cords late last year and had been resting her voice on doctor’s orders until music’s biggest night. The British singer took the stage to belt out “Rolling In the Deep,” and finished to a standing ovation.
Adele claimed three of the music industry’s 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.
“Thank you so much. This is ridiculous,” she said upon accepting the record of the year Grammy. “I want to say thank you to every radio programmer and broadcaster that has been playing ‘Rolling in the Deep’ … because I know it’s not really a pop record.”
She flashed a big smile and a thumbs up. Rockers Foo Fighters were the other big winners, picking up five Grammys including best rock performance for the hit “Walk.”
“This record was a special record for our band, rather than go to the best studio in the world down the street in Hollywood, and rather than use all the fanciest computers that you can buy, we made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine,” said Grohl, before he took his speech as a chance to slam music industry trends like autotune and pitch-correction.
“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 in a computer, it’s about what goes on in here, and it’s about what goes on in here,” says Grohl.
As joyous as the show was for Adele, it was equally as serious with tributes to late pop star Whitney Houston, who died suddenly on Saturday, and was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room. The cause is still unknown.
Other winners at the Grammys include Chris Brown, whose album “F.A.M.E.” won best R&B album. The win was a comeback of sorts for Brown, after a four year period of a tarnished public image from fallout for his domestic violence against ex-girlfriend Rihanna, which fell on the weekend of the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Newcomer Bon Iver took home the prize for best new artist, and Lady Antebellum took the award for best country album. Kanye West won for best rap album, for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” West did not attend the ceremony.
List of all the winners at the 2012 Grammy’s
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards were a hugh hit and gave an amazing tribute to Whitney Houston’s passing. The winners are announced and some of today’s top musicians walked away with the big award!
Best Country Album:
Own The Night – Lady Antebellum
Song of the Year:
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
Best R&B Album:
“F.A.M.E.” – Chris Brown
Best Rock Performance:
“Walk” – Foo Fighters
Best Rap Performance:
“Otis” – Ja-Z & Kanye West
Album of the Year:
“21” – Adele
Best Country Solo Performance:
“Mean” – Taylor Swift
Best Traditional R&B Performance:
“Fool For You” – Cee Lo Green
“Hilarious” – Louis C.K.
Spoken Word Album:
“If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)” – Betty White
“Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition)” – Paul McCartney
The Kiss Kiss hit maker, Chris Brown has just lost his bid to end his supervised five years probation following a Los Angeles judge’s ruling.
The star’s legal team had taken his case to Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday with high expections, but Judge George Lomeli ruled Brown should continue to report to a probation officer in his home state of Virginia and complete more of his community service.
The ruling comes just days after reports say Brown will perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, the first time he has been back at the prize giving since he was forced to pull out of the 2009 event following his bust-up with Rihanna. Earlier, Chris Brown was handed five years probation after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 and was also ordered to take a series of domestic violence classes and complete six months of service in community.
Brown has completed half of his six months of community service, and Lomeli declared the 22 year old should remain under supervision until he puts in more hours. Judge Lomeli has scheduled another progress hearing for 10 July, 2012.
Meanwhile, there has been word on the street that Chris who hasn’t attended any Grammys since the battering incident with Rihanna in 2009 is also set to stage a comeback and is likely to perform at the February 12 event.
Last February, just in time for the 2010 Grammys, a judge eased the restraining order after Rihanna’s lawyers accepted a request from Chris’ lawyers to lift it, however a previous engagement prevented the 22-year-old singer from attending the ceremony.
Chris Brown has been nominated for Grammys in five of the past six years, but he has never taken home a trophy. His hit single “Look At Me Now,” which features rappers Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, is up for two Grammys: “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Performance.”
Rihanna, on the other hand, has won a total four Grammys, three with Jay-Z and one alone, which she won last year for her smash single “Only Girl (in the World).”
Though Brown’s performance has yet to be formally announced, an anonymous source told the Associated Press Monday that the singer — up for 3 Grammys — will take the stage at the show on Sunday night, while Rihanna — who is up for four awards — is also scheduled to perform at the show, which is known as the biggest music event of the year.
Though there have been reports that since the 2009 fall out, both have been seen together in recent times, and they have told newsmen that they are now “best friends”, this is the first time Rihanna and Chris Brown will be seen together in the same room.
- Chris Brown to remain on supervised probation (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Chris Brown Will Perform At The Grammys (huffingtonpost.com)
- Grammy Watch: Chris Brown to Perform, But Are We Ready? (blogher.com)
- Chris Brown To Perform At 2012 Grammy Awards Three Years After Rihanna Incident (inquisitr.com)