#2012GrammyWinners: Adele is queen of the night

by Wilfred Okiche

The 54th Grammy awards were held early this morning at the Staples centre in Los Angeles and a certain British singer-songwriter named Adele Adkins emerged as music’s newest superstar. The 23year old songbird made a clean sweep, winning 6 awards including 3 of the biggest categories. Her ubiquitous single, ‘Rolling in the deep’ won song of the year and record of the year at the ceremony. The music video had earlier won best short form video.

Her second single, ‘Someone like you’ was among the night’s earlier winners, taking the trophy for best pop vocal performance and at the end of the night, pop diva Diana Ross presented her with the trophy for the biggest of them all, the album of the year.

Adele’s ’21’ was not the only album to win big though. The Foo Fighters ‘Wasting Light’ had a great night too as the rock band came a close second, winning 5 awards including a win in the Best rock album category.

She ties Beyonce for the highest number of wins in a night by a female artiste.

Kanye West had a decent night also with 4 wins mostly in the Rap categories but was a no-show. Other high profile winners include Bon Iver for best new artiste, Taylor Swift, Skrillex and last year’s big winners, Lady Antebellum.

The ceremony was a subdued one as the industry is still mourning the loss of R&B icon Whitney Houston and her timeless presence was felt throughout the broadcast. Academy award winner Jennifer Hudson performed a short but moving tribute to the late singer, belting out her signature tune, ‘I will always love you.’

Watch out for our review of the awards ceremony.

See the full list of winners:

Album of the Year

Adele, 21

Record of the Year

Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”

Best New Artist

Bon Iver

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Glen Campbell, The Allman Brothers Band, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Memphis Horns, George Jones, Diana Ross

Best Country Album

Lady Antebellum, Own The Night

Song of the Year

Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth (Adele), “Rolling In The Deep”

Best R&B Album

Chris Brown, F.A.M.E.

Best Rock Performance

Foo Fighters, “Walk”

Best Rap Performance

Jay-Z & Kanye West, “Otis”

Best Pop Solo Performance

Adele, “Someone Like You”

Best Pop Vocal Album

Adele, 21

Best Dance Recording

Skillrex, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”

Best Dance and Electronica Album

Skillrex, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett, Duets II

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Tony Bennet & Amy Winehouse, “Body And Soul”

Best R&B Performance

Corinne Bailey Rae, “Is This Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona, “Fool For You”

Best R&B Song

Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona, “Fool For You”

Best Rap Song

Kanye West, feat. Rihanna, Fergie and Kid Cudi, “All Of The Lights”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Kanye West, feat. Rihanna, Fergie and Kid Cudi, “All Of The Lights”

Best Rap Album

Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

The Civil Wars, “Barton Hollow”

Best Folk Album

The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow

Best Country Song

Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Best Country Solo Performance

Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Best New Age Album

Pat Metheny, What It’s All About

Best Short Form Music Video

Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”

Best Long Form Music Video

Foo Fighers, “Back And Forth”

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

Foo Fighters, “White Limo”

Best Rock Song

Foo Fighters, “Walk”

Best Rock Album

Foo Fighters, Wasting Light

Best Alternative Music Album

Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Best Pop Instrumental Album

Booker T. Jones, “The Road From Memphis”

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Chick Corea, “500 Miles High”

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists, The Mosaic Project

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Corea, Clarke & White, Forever

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Christian McBride Big Band, The Good Feeling

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Skrillex, “Cinema”

Best Gospel Album

Kirk Franklin, “Hello Fear”

Best Complication Soundtrack

“Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1″

Best Score Soundtrack

“The King’s Speech”

Best Song for Visual Media

“I See The Light” (from Tangled)

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Aldridge: Elmer Gantry

Best Producer of the Year, Classical

Judith Sherman

Best Orchestral Performance

Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic), “Brahms: Symphony No. 4″

Best Opera Recording

John Adams Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus, “Doctor Atomic”

Best Choral Performance

“Light and Gold,” Eric Whitacre, Conductor

Best Small Ensemble Performance

Rinde Eckert and Steven Mackey (Eighth Blackbird), “Lonely Motel,  Music From Slide,”

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Giancarlo Guerrero, Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony), “Schwantner: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra”

Best Classical Vocal Solo

Joyce Didonato, “Diva Divo”

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein, “Elmer Gantry”

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Story Telling)

Betty White, If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)

Best Musical Theater Album

The Book of Mormon

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story

Best Album Notes

Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded by the San Francisco Bay

Best Instrumental Composition

Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, Life In Eleven

Best Instrumental Arrangement

Gordon Goodwin, Rhapsody in Blue

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Jorge Calandrelli (Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah), Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Le’andria Johnson, “Jesus”

Best Gospel Song

Kirk Franklin, “Hello Fear”

Best Gospel Album

Kirk Franklin, Hello Fear

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

Laura Story, “Blessings

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Chris Tomlin, And If Our God Is for Us…

Best Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album

Maná, Drama Y Luz

Best Regional Mexican or Tejano Album

Pepe Aguilar, Bicentenario

Best Banda or Norteño Album

Los Tigres Del Norte, Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends

Best Tropical Latin Album

Cachao, The Last Mambo

Best Americana Album

Levon Helm, Ramble At The Ryman

Best Bluegrass Album

Alison Krauss & Union Station, Paper Airplane

Best Blues Album

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Revelator

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Rebirth Brass Band, Rebirth of New Orleans

Best Reggae Album

Stephen Marley, Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life

Best World Music Album

Tinariwen, Tassili

Best Children’s Album

Various Artists, All About Bullies… Big And Small

Best Comedy Album

Louis C.K., Hilarious

Best Recording Package

Caroline Robert (Arcade Fire), Scenes From The Suburbs

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Dave Bett & Michelle Holme (Bruce Springsteen), The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story

Best Historial Album

Paul McCartney, Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Neal Cappellino & Mike Shipley, Brad Blackwood (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Paper Airplane

Best Surround Sound Album

Elliot Scheiner, Bob Ludwig, Bill Levenson & Elliot Scheiner (Derek & The Dominos), Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)

Best Egineered Album, Classical

Byeong-Joon Hwang & John Newton, Jesse Lewis (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) Aldridge: Elmer Gantry

Producer of the Year, Classical

Judith Sherman

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Paul Epworth



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