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Adele and Foo Fighters dominate the Grammys

Adele and Foo Fighters were the big winners at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (12Feb12), taking home 11 awards between them.

British singer Adele made her triumphant live public return following throat surgery and picked up six awards at the ceremony, including Song, Record and Album of the Year. Her peers also gave her a lengthy welcome-back standing ovation after she hit the high notes again on her 2011 smash-hit Rolling in the Deep.


The occasion proved a little too much for the singer when she stepped up to accept her sixth award of the night for Album of the Year - sobbing, she joked, "I just first of all wanna say, 'Mum, girl did good!'"


She had the crowd in hysterics a minute later as she thanked her record company executives, breaking off to say, "Oh, I got a bit of snot."


And Foo Fighters grabbed the night's rock honors and scored two of the performance highlights under a marquee outside the Staples Center - one a collaboration with electronic star DeadMau5.


Absent Kanye West was also a big winner, picking up four trophies for his song All of the Lights, album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and his Otis collaboration with Jay-Z, while Skrillex was a triple winner.


The double winners included Cee Lo Green, gospel star Kirk Franklin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Taylor Swift and Tony Bennett.


Talking points and highlights of the night included Rihanna's pumped-up rendition of We Found Love and Coldplay's struggles with their song Paradise - before a huge day-glo backdrop. Off-key and croaky, frontman Chris Martin battled through the song, fighting the bad cold that has prompted the band to scrap upcoming Australian tour dates.


Bruce Springsteen kicked the evening off with a stirring rendition of uplifting new song We Take Care of Our Own and other major performance highlights included Katy Perry's fiery first TV appearance since her December (11) marriage split, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Sir Paul McCartney, who was given a standing ovation for his performance of new romantic standard My Valentine from his new album Kisses on the Bottom. McCartney also closed the show with a rocking, guitar-heavy hits medley that featured Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl and Springsteen.


The night's most bizarre performance came from Nicki Minaj as she debuted a new alter-ego, called Roman, during a strange performance art piece inspired by horror film The Exorcist. Minaj appeared to levitate as dancers dressed as monks and a man pretending to be a bishop watched on.


But the 2012 Grammys will be remembered for its all-star tributes - to Etta James, 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell, the Beach Boys, who kicked off their 50th anniversary celebrations with a rendition of summer anthem Good Vibrations at the ceremony, and Whitney Houston, who passed away in a Los Angeles hotel on the eve of music's big night.


Host LL Cool J began the show with a prayer for the late superstar before introducing a clip of her performing I Will Always Love You at the 1994 Grammys. And Houston superfan Jennifer Hudson stunned the Grammy audience with a emotional rendition of the same song as part of the In Memoriam segment of the show.


Reports suggested the Dreamgirls star had struggled with the tribute during last-minute rehearsals earlier in the day but she held it together for the pitch-perfect cover.


The night could easily have become a somber one as stars reflected on Houston's life and legacy, but winners and performers alike appeared to want to make the celebration just that, and soul legend Diana Ross, a 2012 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, summed up the ceremony best as she stepped up to present the Best Album honor to Adele at the end of the event.


She said, "I am so excited to be here in this fantasic energy. We are having so much fun."


The full list of winners is:



Record of the Year


Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Song Of The Year


Rolling in the Deep by Adele & Paul Epworth

Best New Artist


Bon Iver

Album Of The Year


21 by Adele

Best Pop Solo Performance


Someone Like You by Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance


Body And Soul by Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Instrumental Album


The Road From Memphis by Booker T. Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album


21 by Adele

Best Dance Recording


Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites by Skrillex

Best Dance/Electronica Album


Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites by Skrillex

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Duets II by Tony Bennett

Best Rock Performance


Walk by Foo Fighters

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance


White Limo by Foo Fighters

Best Rock Song


Walk by Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album


Wasting Light by Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album


Bon Iver by Bon Iver

Best R&B Performance


Is This Love by Corinne Bailey Rae

Best Traditional R&B Performance


Fool For You by Cee Lo Green

Best R&B Song


Fool For You by Cee Lo Green

Best R&B Album


F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown

Best Rap Performance


Otis by Jay-Z & Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration


All of the Lights by Kanye West

Best Rap Song


All of the Lights by Kanye West

Best Rap Album


My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance


Mean by Taylor Swift

Best Country Duo/Group Performance


Boston Hollow by The Civil Wars

Best Country Song


Mean by Taylor Swift

Best Country Album


Own The Night by Lady Antebellum

Best New Age Album


What's It All About by Pat Metheny

Best Improvised Jazz Solo


500 Miles High by Chick Corea

Best Jazz Vocal Album


The Mosaic Project by Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists

Best Jazz Instrumental Album


Forever by Corea, Clarke & White

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album


The Good Feeling by Christian McBride Big Band

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance


Jesus by Le'Andria Johnson

Best Gospel Song


Hello Fear by Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song


Blessings by Laura Story

Best Gospel Album


Hello Fear by Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album


And If Our God Is For Us... by Chris Tomlin

Best Latin Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album


Drama Y Luz by Mana

Best Regional Mexican Or Tejano Album


Bicentenario by Pepe Aguilar

Best Banda Or Norteño Album


Los Tigres Del Norte And Friends by Los Tigres Del Norte

Best Tropical Latin Album


The Last Mambo by Cachao

Best Americana Album


Ramble At The Ryman by Levon Helm

Best Bluegrass Album


Paper Airplane by Alison Krauss & Union Station

Best Blues Album


Revelator by Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album


Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars

Best Regional Roots Music Album


Rebirth Of New Orleans by Rebirth Brass Band

Best Reggae Album


Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life by Stephen Marley

Best World Music Album


Tassili by Tinariwen

Best Children's Album


All About Bullies... Big And Small by Various Artists

Best Spoken Word Album


If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) by Betty White

Best Comedy Album


Hilarious by Louis C.K.

Best Musical Theater Album


The Book Of Mormon by Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media


Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1 by Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media


The King's Speech by Alexandre Desplat

Best Song Written For Visual Media


I See The Light (From Tangled) by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater

Best Instrumental Composition


Life In Eleven by Bela Fleck & Howard Levy

Best Instrumental Arrangement


Rhapsody In Blue by Gordon Goodwin

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)


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

Best Recording Package


Scenes From The Suburbs (Arcade Fire) by Caroline Robert

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package


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

Best Album Notes


Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s by Adam Machado

Best Historical Album


Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition) by Paul McCartney

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical


Paper Airplane (Alison Krauss & Union Station) by Neal Cappellino & Mike Shipley

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical


Paul Epworth (Foster The People, Cee Lo Green, Adele)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical


Cinema (Skrillex Remix) by Sonny Moore

Best Surround Sound Album


Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition) by Elliot Scheiner

Best Engineered Album, Classical


Aldridge: Elmer Gantry (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) by


Byeong-Joon Hwang, John Newton and Jesse Lewis

Producer Of The Year, Classical


Judith Sherman (John Adams, St. Lawrence String Quartet & International Contemporary Ensemble, Rachel Barton Pine, Claude Frank, Anthony De Mare and others)

Best Orchestral Performance


Brahms: Symphony No. 4 by Los Angeles Philharmonic (conductor Gustavo Dudamel)

Best Opera Recording


Adams: Doctor Atomic by Meredith Arwady, Sasha Cooke, Richard Paul Fink, Gerald Finley, Thomas Glenn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (conductor Alan Gilbert)

Best Choral Performance


Light & Gold by Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King's Singers, Laudibus, Pavao Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers (conductor Eric Whitacre)

Best Small Ensemble Performance


Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide by Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey

Best Classical Instrumental Solo


Schwantner: Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra by Giancarlo Guerrero Nashville Symphony)

Best Classical Vocal Solo


Diva Divo by Joyce DiDonato (Kazushi Ono; Orchestre De L'Opera National De Lyon; Choeur De L'Opera National De Lyon)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition


Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry by Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Best Short Form Music Video


Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Best Long Form Music Video


Foo Fighters: Back And Forth by Foo Fighters

Trustees Award winners


Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs and Rudy Van Gelder

Lifetime Achievement Award winners


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

MusiCares Person of the Year


Sir Paul McCartney