54th annual grammy awards

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J just happened to air the day after music legend Whitney Houston sadly died at the young age of 48. After the opening act, LL started with “there has been a death in the family” followed by a pray for the late Whitney. The audience was then treated to a clip of Whitney singing “I Will Always Love You” at a past Grammys ceremony that achieved a standing ovation.

The night was filmed with performances by artists such as the Foo Fighters, Rihanna and Coldplay, Nicki MinajMaroon 5, Foster the People and The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift (to name a few). If it’s even possible, I fell even more in love with Adele when she sang “Rolling In The Deep”, her first public performance post throat surgery.

Following the “In Memoriam” section of the night, Jennifer Hudson sang tribute to Whitney by singing the classic “I Will Always Love You”. The performance was met with a standing ovation to a clearly emotional Hudson.

As far as awards ceremonies go, there were many more performances than actual awards and while I love music, I found the ceremony to be a little bit boring actually.

List of winners:

Best Pop Solo Performance – “Someone Like You” by Adele

Best Rap Performance – “Otis” by Jay Z and Kanye West

Best Rock Performance – “Walk” by Foo Fighters

Best R&B Album – “F.A.M.E.” – Chris Brown

Song of the Year – “Rolling In The Deep” Adele Atkins and Paul Epworth

Best Country Album – “Own The Night” – Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist – Bon Iver

Record of the Year – “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele

Album of the Year – “21” – Adele

Full list of winners announced before the ceremony:

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Duets Ii, Tony Bennett and Various Artists
Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse
Short Form Music Video: 
“Rolling in the Deep,” Adele
Long Form Music Video: “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth,” Foo Fighters
Rap/Sung Collaboration: 
“All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie
Rap Song: 
“All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West
Rap Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
R&B Performance: 
“Is This Love,” Corinne Bailey Rae
Traditional R&B Performance: “Fool for You,” Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona
R&B Song:
 “Fool for You,” Cee Lo Green and Jack Splash
Pop Instrumental Album: The Road From Memphis, Booker T. Jones
Country Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift
Country Duo/Group Performance: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars
Country Song: “Mean,” Taylor Swift
Folk Album: Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars
Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” Foo Fighters
Rock Song:  “Walk,” Foo Fighters, Songwriters (Foo Fighters)
Rock Album: Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
Alternative Music Album: Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1
Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: The King’s Speech
Song Written for Visual Media
: “I See the Light” (From Tangled)
Recording Package: Scenes From the Suburbs
Boxed or Special Limited Edition PackageThe Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story
Album Notes: Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded by the San Francisco Bay
Historical Album: Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection—Deluxe Edition)
Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Paper Airplane
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
Surround Sound Album: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Instrumental Composition: Life in Eleven
Instrumental Arrangement: Rhapsody in Blue
Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: “Jesus,” Le’andria Johnson
Gospel Song: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin, Songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Contemporary Christian Music Song: “Blessings,” Laura Story
Gospel Album: Hello Fear, Kirk Franklin
Contemporary Christian Music Album: And If Our God Is for Us…, Chris Tomlin
Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album: Drama Y Luz, Maná
Regional Mexican or Tejano Album: 
Bicentenario, Pepe Aguilar
Banda or Norteño Album: Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends, Los Tigres Del Norte
Tropical Latin Album: The Last Mambo, Cachao
Engineered Album, Classical: Aldridge: Elmer Gantry

Producer of the Year, Classical:  Judith Sherman
Orchestral Performance: “Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Opera Recording:  John Adams, Doctor Atomic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Choral Performance: “Light and Gold,” Eric Whitacre, Conductor
Small Ensemble Performance: “Lonely Motel,  Music From Slide,” Rinde Eckert and Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird
Classical Instrumental Solo: “Schwantner: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra,” Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor; Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony)
Classical Vocal Solo: “Diva Divo,” Joyce Didonato
Contemporary Classical Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein

New Age Album: What’s It All About, Pat Metheny
Reggae Album: 
Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life, Stephen Marley
Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Story Telling): 
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t), Betty White
Musical Theater Album: The Book of Mormon
Dance Recording “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex
Dance/Electronica Album: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, Skrillex
Children’s Album: All About Bullies… Big and Small, Various Artists
Comedy Album:  Hilarious, Louis C.K

Improvised Jazz Solo: “500 Miles High,” Chick Corea
Jazz Vocal Album: The Mosaic Project, Terri Lyne Carrington and Various Artists
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: The Good Feeling, Christian McBride Big Band
Jazz Instrumental Album :  
Forever, Corea, Clarke and White
Americana Album: Ramble At the Ryman, Levon Helm
Bluegrass Album: Paper Airplane, Alison Krauss and Union Station
Blues Album: Revelator, Tedeschi Trucks Band
Regional Roots Music Album: Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band
World Music Album: Tassili, Tinariwen

Best Dressed:

Katy Perry looked glamourous in this light blue Elie Saab creation, though her hair roots look horrible

Adele stuns in a glittering black custom Giorgio Armani gown with new blonde hairstyle

Worst Dressed

I know she likes to be different (and be just like Lady Gaga) but I'm over the theatrics of Nicki Minaj and bringing along a Pope look-a-like was all kinds of wrong

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