February 13, 2012

Adele Sweeps The Grammys!

Adele and Foo Fighters were the big winners at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles taking home 11 awards between them.
The British singer made her triumphant live public return following throat surgery and picked up six awards at the ceremony, including Song, Record and Album of the Year. Her peers also gave her a lengthy welcome-back standing ovation after she hit the high notes again on her 2011 smash-hitRolling in the Deep.
The occasion proved a little too much for the singer when she stepped up to accept her sixth award of the night for Album of the Year - sobbing, she joked, "I just first of all wanna say, 'Mum, girl did good!'"
She had the crowd in hysterics a minute later as she thanked her record company executives, breaking off to say, "Oh, I got a bit of snot."
And Foo Fighters grabbed the night's rock honors and scored two of the performance highlights under a marquee outside the Staples Center - one a collaboration with electronic star DeadMau5.
Absent Kanye West was also a big winner, picking up four trophies for his song All of the Lights, album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and his Otis collaboration with Jay-Z, while Skrillex was a triple winner.
The double winners included Cee Lo Green, gospel star Kirk Franklin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Taylor Swift and Tony Bennett.
Talking points and highlights of the night included Rihanna's pumped-up rendition of We Found Love and Coldplay's songParadise - before a huge day-glo backdrop. Frontman Chris Martin battled through the song, fighting the bad cold that has prompted the band to scrap upcoming Australian tour dates.
Bruce Springsteen kicked the evening off with a stirring rendition of uplifting new song We Take Care of Our Own and other major performance highlights included Katy Perry's first TV appearance since her December 2011 marriage split, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney, who was given a standing ovation for his performance of new romantic standard My Valentine from his new album Kisses on the Bottom. McCartney also closed the show with a rocking, guitar-heavy hits medley that featured Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl and Springsteen.
Perhaps the night's most talked about performance was from Nicki Minaj as she debuted a new alter-ego, called Roman, during a strange performance art piece inspired by horror film The Exorcist. Minaj appeared to levitate as dancers dressed as monks and a man pretending to be a bishop watched on.
But the 2012 Grammys will be remembered for its all-star tributes - to Etta James, 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell, the Beach Boys, who kicked off their 50th anniversary celebrations with a rendition of summer anthem Good Vibrations at the ceremony, and Whitney Houston, who passed away in a Los Angeles hotel on the eve of music's big night.
Host LL Cool J began the show with a prayer for Houston before introducing a clip of her performing I Will Always Love Youat the 1994 Grammys. And Jennifer Hudson stunned the Grammy audience with a emotional rendition of the same song as part of the In Memoriam segment of the show.
Reports suggested the Dreamgirls star had struggled with the tribute during last-minute rehearsals earlier in the day but she held it together for the pitch-perfect cover.
The night could easily have become a sombre one as stars reflected on Houston's life and legacy, but winners and performers alike appeared to want to make the celebration just that, and soul legend Diana Ross, a 2012 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, summed up the ceremony best as she stepped up to present the Best Album honor to Adele at the end of the event.
She said, "I am so excited to be here in this fantasic energy. We are having so much fun."

The full list of winners:

Record of the Year
Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Song Of The Year
Rolling in the Deep by Adele & Paul Epworth

Best New Artist
Bon Iver

Album Of The Year
21 by Adele

Best Pop Solo Performance
Someone Like You by Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Body And Soul by Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Instrumental Album
The Road From Memphis by Booker T. Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album
21 by Adele

Best Dance Recording
Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites by Skrillex

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites by Skrillex

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Duets II by Tony Bennett

Best Rock Performance
Walk by Foo Fighters

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
White Limo by Foo Fighters

Best Rock Song
Walk by Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album
Wasting Light by Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver by Bon Iver

Best R&B Performance
Is This Love by Corinne Bailey Rae

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Fool For You by Cee Lo Green

Best R&B Song
Fool For You by Cee Lo Green

Best R&B Album
F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown

Best Rap Performance
Otis by Jay-Z & Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
All of the Lights by Kanye West

Best Rap Song
All of the Lights by Kanye West

Best Rap Album
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance
Mean by Taylor Swift

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Boston Hollow by The Civil Wars

Best Country Song
Mean by Taylor Swift

Best Country Album
Own The Night by Lady Antebellum

Best New Age Album
What's It All About by Pat Metheny

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
500 Miles High by Chick Corea

Best Jazz Vocal Album
The Mosaic Project by Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Forever by Corea, Clarke & White

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
The Good Feeling by Christian McBride Big Band

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Jesus by Le'Andria Johnson

Best Gospel Song
Hello Fear by Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Blessings by Laura Story

Best Gospel Album
Hello Fear by Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
And If Our God Is For Us... by Chris Tomlin

Best Latin Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album
Drama Y Luz by Mana

Best Regional Mexican Or Tejano Album
Bicentenario by Pepe Aguilar

Best Banda Or Norteño Album
Los Tigres Del Norte And Friends by Los Tigres Del Norte

Best Tropical Latin Album
The Last Mambo by Cachao

Best Americana Album
Ramble At The Ryman by Levon Helm

Best Bluegrass Album
Paper Airplane by Alison Krauss & Union Station

Best Blues Album
Revelator by Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album
Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Rebirth Of New Orleans by Rebirth Brass Band

Best Reggae Album
Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life by Stephen Marley

Best World Music Album
Tassili by Tinariwen

Best Children's Album
All About Bullies... Big And Small by Various Artists

Best Spoken Word Album
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) by Betty White

Best Comedy Album
Hilarious by Louis C.K.

Best Musical Theater Album
The Book Of Mormon by Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1 by Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
The King's Speech by Alexandre Desplat

Best Song Written For Visual Media
I See The Light (From Tangled) by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater

Best Instrumental Composition
Life In Eleven by Bela Fleck & Howard Levy

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Rhapsody In Blue by Gordon Goodwin

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) by Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (for Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah)

Best Recording Package
Scenes From The Suburbs (Arcade Fire) by Caroline Robert

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story (Bruce Springsteen) by Dave Bett & Michelle Holme

Best Album Notes
Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s by Adam Machado

Best Historical Album
Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition) by Paul McCartney

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Paper Airplane (Alison Krauss & Union Station) by Neal Cappellino & Mike Shipley

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Paul Epworth (Foster The People, Cee Lo Green, Adele)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Cinema (Skrillex Remix) by Sonny Moore

Best Surround Sound Album
Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition) by Elliot Scheiner

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Aldridge: Elmer Gantry (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) by Byeong-Joon Hwang, John Newton and Jesse Lewis

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Judith Sherman (John Adams, St. Lawrence String Quartet & International Contemporary Ensemble, Rachel Barton Pine, Claude Frank, Anthony De Mare and others)

Best Orchestral Performance
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 by Los Angeles Philharmonic (conductor Gustavo Dudamel)

Best Opera Recording
Adams: Doctor Atomic by Meredith Arwady, Sasha Cooke, Richard Paul Fink, Gerald Finley, Thomas Glenn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (conductor Alan Gilbert)

Best Choral Performance
Light & Gold by Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King's Singers, Laudibus, Pavao Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers (conductor Eric Whitacre)

Best Small Ensemble Performance
Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide by Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Schwantner: Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra by Giancarlo Guerrero Nashville Symphony)

Best Classical Vocal Solo
Diva Divo by Joyce DiDonato (Kazushi Ono; Orchestre De L'Opera National De Lyon; Choeur De L'Opera National De Lyon)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry by Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Best Short Form Music Video
Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Best Long Form Music Video
Foo Fighters: Back And Forth by Foo Fighters

Trustees Award winners
Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs and Rudy Van Gelder

Lifetime Achievement Award winners
Glen Campbell, The Allman Brothers Band, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Memphis Horns, George Jones and Diana Ross.

MusiCares Person of the Year
Sir Paul McCartney

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