The 54th Annual Grammy Awards were held on 12 February 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The death of pop diva Whitney Houston the night before the Grammy awards however cast a sombre mood at the awards. The producers quickly planned a tribute to her in the form of a performance by Jennifer Hudson.
LL Cool J hosted the show. It was the first time in seven years that the event had an official host. The Grammy nominations were announced on 30 November 2011. A total of 78 awards were presented following the Academy's decision to restructure the Grammy Award categories.
Paul McCartney received the MusiCares Person of the Year award on 10 February 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
British singer Adele, with six nominations, won all six awards, tying Beyoncé's record for most wins by a female artist in one night. Foo Fighters and Kanye West followed with five and four awards, respectively.
The British songstress, Adele swept the awards winning a staggering six golden gramophones for her Album, 21. Adele, who was named best new artist in 2009, is only the second artist in history to take all four major Grammy categories. Christopher Cross attained the feat in 1981 with a four-award sweep.
The night's other big winners, perennial Recording Academy favorites Foo Fighters, dominated the rock categories with five victories: best rock album (for Wasting Light) best hard rock/metal performance (for White Limo), best rock performance and best rock song (for Walk) and best longform video (for Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, directed and co-produced by James Moll).
Kanye West was the top nominee with seven nods. However West once again had to satisfy himself with rap wins. West captured four awards to add to his 14 previous wins, for best rap/sung collaboration and best rap song (for All of the Lights), best rap performance (for Otis, shared with Jay-Z) and best rap album (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy).
List of Important Winners
Album of the Year: 21 - Adele
Record of the Year: Rolling in the Deep, Adele
Song of the Year:Rolling in the Deep, Adele
Best New Artist: Bon Iver
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