54th annual GRAMMY Awards

Posted: February 21, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Lexington and beyond

Last Sunday night, Feb. 12, the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards were held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Following the sudden death of Whitney Houston, an icon in the music industry, the show had a few more somber, reflective moments than usual, but it was still a great night that has had people talking.

As always, many of today’s most popular artists appeared on the red carpet dressed to impress at Sunday night’sceremony. Music of all genres came together with some of the biggest names, both old and new, including Taylor Swift, Diana Ross, Mumford and Sons, The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Nicki Minaj. Hosted by LL Cool J, the show did not disappoint.

Adele was the biggest winner of the night. She won all six of her nominations, including album of the year with “21” and song of the year with “Rolling in the Deep,” which she also performed at the show, a much anticipated performance as it was her first since having throat surgery. The Foo Fighters were right behind her winning five out of their six nominations, including best rock song with “Walk.” Other winners included the Civil Wars winning folk album with “Barton Hollow,” Lady Antebellum winning country album with “We Own the Night,” Chris Brown winning R&B album with “F.A.M.E.,” and Bon Iver winning best new artist.

There were also many momentous performances. Jennifer Hudson performed Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” in memory of the artist. On a different note, Nicki Minaj’s dramatic performance of her upcoming single “Roman Holiday” was one that left people talking. Bruno Mars and Katy Perry performed, as well as Taylor Swift who played the banjo during her performance of her song “Mean,” which also won in the category for best country song.

There were also some combined performances with Rihanna and Coldplay, who performed their new song “Princess of China” from Coldplay’s newest album, “Mylo Xyloto.” Maroon 5 and the up-and-coming Foster the People both played in tribute to the Beach Boys, celebrating their 50th anniversary. The Beach Boys then took the stage to play their song, “Good Vibrations.” Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, and Mark Foster, lead singer of Foster the People, joined the group to finish out the performance.

Overall, this year’s GRAMMY Awards were filled with big winners, many memorable and entertaining performances, and appearances from amazing and esteemed artists, both old and new. It was a music-filled night that only the GRAMMYs can provide.

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