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Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt paid tribute to Etta James singing one of her memorable hits. Best Pop Solo Performance was awarded to Adele for “Someone Like You.” Chris Brown performed his new single “Turn Up The Music,” complete with the theatrics and dance moves to get the audience engaged. Best Rap Performance, a competitive category that includes the likes of Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown went to Kanye West and Jay-Z for “Otis.” Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson performed their duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
Rihanna performed a small snippet of her hit single “We Found Love,” and brought the charisma with some intricate choreography. She later performed with British sensation Coldplay. Best Rock Performance was awarded to the Foo Fighters for “Walk.” The rock group had a terrific night taking home a whopping four trophies.
Best R&B Album went to a shocked Chris Brown for “F.A.M.E.” The artist was speechless as he took to the stage to collect his first Grammy award. He thanked God and his fans for supporting him during his speech. Song of the Year went to a deserving Adele for her ubiquitous hit “Rolling in the Deep.” She was ecstatic as she took the stage to collect the trophy. Lady Antebellum picked up their second consecutive Grammy for Best Country Album for “Own the Night,” besting Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton.
Adele hit the stage performing “Rolling in the Deep,” which received a standing ovation from the crowd. Carrie Underwood sang a tune with Tony Bennett before presenting Best New Artist to Bon Iver. It was a disappointment that Nicki Minaj didn’t win as she had a terrific year and should have won the award, but that’s the Grammy Awards for you; expect the unexpected.
Jennifer Hudson performed a rendition of Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum hit “I Will Always Love You” that shook the audience to the core. Her range and ability to control her voice was incredible. No other musical act besides Mariah Carey would be able to pay tribute to such an icon. Nicki Minaj delivered one of the most exciting performances of the night with her interpretation of “The Exorcist” in a mini-movie. The stage was recreated to represent a church theme; it was dramatic and one-of a kind.
While the 54th Annual Grammy Awards lacked stellar performances, it was a treat to see Adele awarded the accolades which she so deserved. The night was truly about icon Whitney Houston and her effect she had on the music industry and the artists who have idolized the woman with incredible pipes. Until next year, any predictions as to who will reign supreme in music in 2012?
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