Adele Sweeps the GRAMMY Awards
It came as no surprise when Adele walked away from the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards with six golden statuettes, one for each category in which she was nominated.
The popular singer returned to the stage five months after vocal chord surgery to put on an incredible rendition of her hit "Rolling in the Deep." That song earned Record of the Year, Song of the Year and even Best Short Form Music Video. Her song "Someone Like You" won Best Pop Solo Performance. Adele's album 21 won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
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Rock band Foo Fighters also had a great night at the GRAMMYs, picking up five trophies including Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album and Best Long Form Music Video. Frontman Dave Grohl said getting recognition for their album Wasting Light meant a lot.
"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 you can by, we made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine," Grohl said.
The show started off with a fantastic performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who will be releasing a new album later this year. The show was capped off by Sir Paul McCartney's second performance of the night as he was joined on stage by Grohl, Springsteen, Joe Walsh and others.
The most anticipated performance (besides Adele) was the reunion of The Beach Boys who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2012. It started with a tribute by GRAMMY nominees Maroon 5 and Foster the People. Then the boys hit the stage singing "Good Vibrations" and receiving a standing ovation when it was all said and done.
Throughout the show, tribute was paid to Whitney Houston, who passed away Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Host LL Cool J opened the show with a prayer for Houston and her family. And Jennifer Hudson brought the crowd to tears with a rendition of Houston's hit "I Will Always Love You." It was a fitting tribute to an incredible performer.
The awards season is almost over. Next stop, the Oscars on the 29th. See you there!
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