Adele and the Foo Fighters were the big winners of the night at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, with the 23 year old British songstress taking Album, Record and Song of The Year – among others – for her 21 album, and the Foos claiming five total wins, including Best Rock Album for Wasting Light, best hard rock/metal performance for "White Limo" and best rock song for "Walk".
"Oh my God…thank you so much, thank you! Hello!" the delighted songstress nearly screamed through tears as she ascended the stage to receive the night's top honor for her smash album 21.
"Mum, I love you, I'm so sorry you're not here. A big thank you to Rick Rubin, who taught me about quality control and made me realize stuff I never thought I would…This record is inspired by something really normal and everyone's been through it—that's a rubbish relationship. I can't tell you how I feel about it, it's been the most life-changing year."
While the Recording Academy scrambled to reformat their presentation on music’s biggest night after of the traigc and untimely death of Whitney Houston, Foo Fighters were the top winners in the pre-telecast ceremony, taking four out of their possible six trophies before the thing even kicked off – officially, anyway.
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was named Best Rap Album, while his All of the Lights took Best Rap Song. DJ Skrillex won three as well, while Adele locked two of her six Grammys, including Best Pop Vocal album for 21. In an indie triumph, the folk-country outfit The Civil Wars also won two.
Bon Iver, who rejected the Grammys' offer to perform on the show when told they could only perform as part of a medley and not their Grammy-nominated song, won Best Alternative album and Best New Artist.
In tribute to Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson performed a stark version of the Dolly Parton song that Houston redefined, “I Will Always Love You,” on “The Bodyguard” soundtrack. The impeccable singer's voice nearly cracking at the end was as clear an indicator as any that the emotional toll of Houston's loss was buried just beneath the sheen of the night's ceremonies.
“There’s a little bit of a dark cloud … a lot of people are heartbroken,” country singer Miranda Lambert said before the telecast. But “we can let music heal us.”
That it will.
Full list of 2012 Grammys Winners:
Album of the year: Adele's 21
Record of the year: Adele's Rolling the Deep
Best pop solo performance: Adele's Someone Like You
Best rap performance: Otis, by Kanye West and Jay-Z
Best rock performance: Foo Fighters' Walk
R&B album: Chris Brown's F.A.M.E.
Song of the year: Adele's Rolling in the Deep
Country album: Lady Antebellum's Own the Night
Best new artist: Bon Iver
Winners from the pre-broadcast awards gala:
Short-form music video: Adele’s Rolling in the Deep
Long-form music video: Foo Fighters’ Back and Forth
Hard rock/metal performance: Foo Fighters’ White Limo
Rock song: Foo Fighters’ Walk
Rock Album: Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light
Recording package: Caroline Robert’s Scenes from The Suburbs, for Arcade Fire
Rap performance: Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Otis
Pop duo/group performance: Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse’s Body and Soul
Pop instrumental album: Booker T. Jones’ The Road from Memphis
Dance recording: Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Dance/electronica album: Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Traditional pop vocal album: Tony Bennett and various artists’ Duets II
Alternative music album: Bon Iver’s Bon Iver
R&B performance: Corinne Bailey Rae’s Is This Love
Traditional R&B performance: Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona’s Fool for You
R&B song: Cee Lo Green and Co.’s Fool for You
Rap/sung collaboration: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie’s All of the Lights
Rap song: All of the Lights
Rap album: Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Country solo performance: Taylor Swift’s Mean
Country song: Taylor Swift’s Mean
Country duo/group performance: The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow
Folk album: The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow
New age album: Pet Metheny’s What’s It All About
Improvised jazz solo: Chick Corea’s 500 Miles High
Jazz vocal album: Terri Lyne Carrington and various artists’ The Mosaic Project
Jazz instrumental: Corea, Clarke and White’s Forever
Large jazz ensemble: Christian McBride Big Band’s The Good Feeling
Gospel/contemporary Christian music performance: Le’Andria Johnson’s Jesus
Gospel song: Kirk Franklin’s Hello Fear
Contemporary Christian music song: Laura Story’s Blessings
Gospel album: Kirk Franklin’s Hello Fear
Contemporary Christian music album: Chris Tomlin’s And If Our God Is For Us…
Latin pop, rock or urban album: Mana’s Drama Y Luz
Regional Mexican or Tejano album: Pepe Aguilar’s Bicentenario
Bands or Norteno album: Los Tigres Del Norte’s Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends
Tropical Latin album: Cachao’s The Last Mambo
Americana album: Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman
Bluegrass album: Alison Krauss and Union Station’s Paper Airplane
Blues album: Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator
World music album: Tinariwen’s Tassili
Spoken world album (includes poetry, audio books and story telling): Betty White’s If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)
Comedy album: Louis C.K.’s Hilarious
Musical theatre album: The Book of Mormom
Compilation soundtrack for visual media: Boardwalk Empire: Vol. 1
Boxed or special limited edition package: Dave Bett and Michelle Holme’s The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story
Album notes: Hear Me Howling: Blues, Ballads & Beyond as recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s
Historical album: Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition)
Engineered album, non-classical: Alison Krauss and Union Station’s Paper Airplane
Producer of the year, non-classical: Paul Epworth
Remixed recording, non-classical: Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
Surround sound album: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)