Grammy Awards 2012 Recap
The Grammy Awards took place on Sunday night, with the focus landing on the awful loss of Whitney Houston and Adele’s amazing triumph as she became the biggest winner of the night. The night’s host, LL Cool J, began with a prayer for Whitney before looking back at her epic Grammy performances over the years. Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt then sang in honour of another much missed star, Etta James, who passed away on January 20.
Chris Brown took to the stage to perform 'Turn Up the Music', which was everything we could expect from Chris: great vocals and amazing dance moves. It was a brave move to perform live at the Grammy’s given his past – he handled the whole thing gracefully and deserved to have #ProudOfChrisBrown trending on Twitter. Chris also won the award for Best R&B Album for 'F.A.M.E'. Bravo!
Jay-Z and Kanye West won the award for Best Rap Performance with 'Otis'. However, the pair were not there to receive the award – promoting jokes that they were "in Paris getting f***ed up." Kanye West also beat Lil Wayne by winning the Best Rap Album award for 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'. Kanye’s 'All Of the Lights' also won Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Rihanna performed her hit, ‘We Found Love’, and pretty much had a mini rave on stage. The track then segued into her duet with Coldplay, 'Princess of China'.
Adele hit the stage appearing very nervous, possibly due to the fact that she hadn’t performed in a long time. Our favourite Londoner was up for six nominations, and she won them all! Her wins were for Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video. Adele’s performance was just as amazing as her wins. The singer was introduced by Gwyneth Paltrow to perform 'Rolling In The Deep', which received a standing ovation from Rihanna, Lady GaGa, Paul McCartney and the remaining few thousand people in the building.
Bon Iver then came on stage to accept his award for Best New Artist, just before Jennifer Hudson came onto the stage. Jennifer performed a tribute to Whitney Houston, singing 'I Will Always Love You'. Cue goose bumps and wet eyes all around. Nicki Minaj also gave a, erm, colourful performance, performing new material by the name of 'Roman Holiday' and conducting a mock exorcism onstage. She also turned up to the award show with a guy dressed up as the Pope, whilst she was dressed in a red Versace nun’s habit.
Amy Winehouse was not forgotten, as she won a posthumous award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance along with Tony Bennett for their song, 'Body And Soul'. Dubstep’s new star, Skrillex, also made his Grammy debut, and proved how far dance music has come by winning Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Dance Recording for his album, 'Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites'.
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)