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February 12th, 2012
This year’s Grammy Awards came and went with a celebration for Adele and a commemoration for Whitney Houston.
Adele pulled a clean sweep, winning all six of her nominations. “The first thing I wanna say is: ‘Mom, girl did good!’ ” said the British singer, pulling the first Grammy sweep since Frank Sanatra’s nine trophy prize in 2000. She also put on a silencing performance of Rolling in the Deep. It was her first time on stage, since having throat surgery five months ago, and was met with a standing ovation.
R&B legend Houston was also referenced throughout the show, after her recent death on Saturday night. Many artists gave a few words of respect for the late-singer, including host LL Cool J who started off the evening by saying a brief “prayer for a woman we loved, for a fallen sister.” Jennifer Hudson also performed a nostalgic and emotional version of I Will Always Love You to pay tribute to Houston’s hit song.
Here’s a list of last night’s winners during the broadcast:
Record of the Year: Adele’s Rolling in the Deep
Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele’s Someone Like You
Best Rap Performance: Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Otis
Best Rock Performance: Foo Fighters’ Walk
Best R&B Album: Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E.
Song of the Year: Adele’s Rolling in the Deep
Best Country Album: Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night
Best New Artist: Bon IverTweet