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Spotlight On The 54th Annual Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards were held on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in L.A. California.

The Grammy Awards Winners:

Best Country Solo Performance
"Mean" - Taylor Swift

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
"Barton Hollow" - The Civil Wars

Best Country Song
"Mean" - Taylor Swift

Best Country Album
"Own The Night" - Lady Antebellum

Best Bluegrass Album
"Paper Airplane" - Alison Krauss & Union Station

Best Folk Album
"Barton Hollow" - The Civil Wars

First of all, God bless Whitney Houston.  We lost one of the greatest performers ever, but now she is an angel in heaven.

Just as predicted, British songstress Adele dominated the 2012 Grammys, from a rousing performance of her hit "Rolling In The Deep" to sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated.

She picked up the pre-ceremony awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling in the Deep", along with the awards for Record Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), Album Of The Year ("21"), Song Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep") and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You"; but Adele wasn't the only big winner at this year's awards ceremony.

Foo Fighters, Skrilles and Kanye West were already big winners at the Grammys on Sunday night before the ceremony got underway.

Dave Grohl's rock act picked up four awards at a pre-event ceremony, including Best Rock Song for "Walk" and Best Rock Album for "Wasting Light", while West and Skrillex were triple winners.

West landed awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song ("All of The Lights") and Best Rap Album ("My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"), along with a co-award with Jay-Z for their single "Otis" from their collaboration "Watch The Throne.

Electronic star Skrillex picked up trophies for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album ("Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites").

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band got what is sure to be a very emotional Grammy Awards off to rousing start in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The Boss made no mention of the Whitney Houston tragedy that was hanging over the ceremony and raced into a ferocious rendition of new song "We Take Care of Our Own".

Springsteen and his bandmates were joined by a string orchestra onstage at the Staples Center as the rocker belted out the patriotic tune with an angry snarl throughout.

Introducing the song, he growled, "America, are you alive out there?"

Once the stirring performance was over, LL Cool J, the Grammys' first host in seven years, took to the stage.

He took a somber, serious tone as he addressed Houston's passing and said, "There is no way around this; we've had a death in our family, and so at least for me the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman who we loved, for our fallen sister Whitney Houston."

He bowed his head and stated, "Heavenly father, we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us. Today our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter and all of her loved ones, and although she is gone too soon we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit and to have her lasting legacy of music to cherish and share forever. Amen."

The rapper/actor then introduced footage of Houston performing "I Will Always Love You" at the Grammy Awards in 1994, adding, "Whitney, we will always love you."

LL then welcomed Brits Adele and Paul McCartney, Rhianna, Katy Perry, Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood to the Grammys and asked, "Are we all ready for music's biggest night?"

Bruno Mars then kept the party going with another rousing performance as the event's organizers and performers attempted to get past the sadness surrounding Houston's death on the eve of the Grammys.

Highlights of the night included Rhianna's pumped-up rendition of "We Found Love" and Coldplay's struggles with their song "Paradise" - before a huge day-glo backdrop. Off-key and croaky, frontman Chris Martin battled through the song, fighting the bad cold that has prompted the band to scrap upcoming Australian tour dates.

Other major performance highlights included Katy Perry's fiery first TV appearance since her December marriage split, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and 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 "Abbey Road" medley of "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End" that featured Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl and Springsteen.

The night's most bizarre performance came 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.

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 Houston, who passed away in a Los Angeles hotel on the eve of music's big night.

During the 'In Memoriam' part of the broadcast that honors the artists the recording industry loses each year Jennifer Hudson knocked out a rousing performance of "I Will Always Love You" in tribute to the late Houston, despite reports that the singer had struggled with emotions during rehearsals.

After Adele was presented with the Grammy for Album of the Year ("21") by none other than Diana Ross, Paul McCartney closed out the show with a classic performance of the Beatles' "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End".     

 
Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse's Father and Mother

Sophia Grace & Rosie

Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour & Glen Forrester

Mike Love of The Beach Boys

Billy Ray Cyrus & Glen Forrester

Glenda S. Paradee & Billy Ray Cyrus

Glenda S. Paradee & Billy Ray Cyrus

Glen Forrester & Katy Perry

Katy Perry & Glenda S. Paradee

Tony Bennett & Glen Forrester

Glen Campbell & Glen Forrester

Pauley Perretter (NCIS) & Glen Forrester

Thanks For The Music's Vince Gutierrez, Glenda S. Paradee and Glen Forrester

Thanks For The Music's Glenda S. Paradee and Glen Forrester

Fergie

Glen Forrester & Fergie

Snookie

54th Annual Grammy Awards

54th Annual Grammy Awards

Glenda S. Paradee & Greg Allman

Glenda S. Paradee & Jason Aldean

Billy Ray Cyrus & Glenda S. Paradee

Glenda S. Paradee & Jane Seymour

Mike Love (Beach Boys) & Glenda S. Paradee

54th Annual Grammy Awards

Sophia Grace, Rosie & Billy Ray Cyrus

Glenda S. Paradee & Paris Hilton

Al Jardine (Beach Boys) & Glenda S. Paradee

Glen Campbell & Glenda S. Paradee

Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) & Glenda S. Paradee

Fergie & Vince Gutierrez

Lady Antebellum

Glenda S. Paradee

Glenda S. Paradee

Lady Antebellum

Adele

Stevie Wonder

Taylor Swift

Paul McCartney

Jason Aldean & Vince Gutierrez

Katy Perry & Vince Gutierrez

Paris Hilton & Vince Gutierrez

Jane Seymour & Vince Gutierrez

Steve, Vince, Glenda & Glen of Thanks For The Music

Taylor Swift

Katy Perry

The Beach Boys

Allison Krauss & Union Station

Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson

Glenda S. Paradee & Evelyn Arnold

Glenda S. Paradee, Evelyn Arnold & Mike Arnold


 

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