It will come as no surprise to anyone that this year’s Grammy Awards has been dominated by Adele, with the songstress taking home awards in the three major categories.
The British artist won Album, Record and Song of the Year for her album 21 and record Rolling in the Deep. She also won Best Pop Vocal Performance for Someone Like You.
As far as other awards are concerned, it was a very predictable and ‘neat’ ceremony, with each genre consistently awarding one act. For example, Kanye West had a clean sweep in the Rap Genre, winning best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for All of the Lights with Rihanna, Best Rap Performance with Jay-Z for Otis, and Best Rap Album for his masterpiece My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, while The Foo Fighters had a clean run in the Rock category, picking up multiple awards for their album Wasting Light, and Skrillex won all the awards in the Dance category. Bon Iver won Best New Artist.
Highlights from the ceremony include Nicki Minaj and her disturbing exorcism/performance of Roman Holiday, Rihanna and Coldplay’s epic collaboration, and Jennifer Hudson’s outstanding tribute to the late Whitney Houston, as she sang a piano-only rendition of Houston’s biggest hit, I Will Always Love You. Watch it below.
While Lady Gaga sat in silence for the first time ever during a Grammy telecast, Katy Perry had a lot to say about ex-husband Russell Brand as she debuted her brand new single Part of Me on the Grammy stage, in an angry performance that saw the set burn around her, a far cry from the Valentine-dedicated rendition of Teenage Dream one year ago.
However, it was Grammy Golden girl Adele who stole the show, when she sang Rolling in the Deep – her first performance since she underwent throat surgery in late 2011. Adele won every award she was nominated for, which is six in total, and now ties Beyonce’s efforts in 2010 for her album I Am… Sasha Fierce as the most awards won in a single night by a female artist.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards scored the second highest television ratings of all time, a 46% increase on last year, and the highest in almost 30 years, with 39 million people in the US tuning in to farewell Whitney Houston.