The annual Grammy awards ceremony, considered as music’s biggest night, celebrates artists who have accomplished many great things in their illustrious music careers. From Best Album to Best overall Artist, these talented individuals are recognized on this night for their astounding efforts and contributions to the music industry. Their most prominent and popular works within the past year are showcased in this televised presentation. This year, the Grammys were held at Staples Center in Los Angeles with rapper LL Cool J as the host.
I had the chance to tune in to the awards show earlier this evening as well as follow all the action (and reactions) through Twitter in real-time. Speaking of which, I wasn’t the only one keeping my eye on the #Grammys hashtag tonight. Two comprehensive sources I came across (via Storify & Herald Sun) outline the events and viewers’ reactions expressed over the Twitterverse as they were unfolding.
Here is my quick recap of just some of the night’s buzzworthy moments.
Notably, the ceremony paid tribute to many deceased musical legends whom we have recently lost, as well as honoured age-old talents who are no strangers to the music scene. Alicia Keys together with Bonnie Raitt performed Sunday Kind of Love in honour of the late Etta James who passed away in January earlier this year. Another memorable performance took place when the men of Maroon 5 and Foster The People shared the stage with The Beach Boys which had everyone on their feet, bobbing their heads along to Good Vibrations. Don Cornelius, the creator of Soul Train, was also recognized in light of his recent passing. Sandwiched between these heartfelt homages, an elaborate photo and video montage featuring many other individuals who had made significant contributions to the music industry in their lifetime was shown. The final photo of the memorial media medley was that of Whitney Houston, who died just on the eve of these ceremonies. It segued right into a breathtaking tribute by then-American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson which rendered me speechless.
This is a great tribute!! #grammys
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) February 13, 2012
Of course, any music awards show is not complete without performances from our favourite artists. And let me tell you, there were a lot of them. Some that stood out for me include: the collab between Rihanna and Coldplay, the high-energy performance put on by the Foo Fighters, Katy Perry debuting one of her latest songs, Taylor Swift channelling her rural countryside girl with a banjo in hand as she performed Mean, Nicki Minaj’s rather perplexing theatrical performance featuring one of her tracks Roman’s Holiday, Adele’s stripped down performance of her hit single Rolling in the Deep, as well as Sir Paul McCartney slowing things down and doing what he does best, among several others.
As far as the actual award distribution went, here’s a short list of winners in major categories:
- Record Of The Year: Rolling In The Deep (Adele)
- Album Of The Year: 21 (Adele)
- Song Of The Year: Rolling In The Deep (Adele)
- Best New Artist: Bon Iver
- Best Pop Vocal Album: 21 (Adele)
- Best Dance/Electronica Album: Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites (Skrillex)
- Best Rock Album: Wasting Light (Foo Fighters)
- Best Alternative Music Album: Bon Iver (Bon Iver)
- Best R&B Album: F.A.M.E. (Chris Brown)
- Best Rap Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Kanye West)
- Best Country Album: Own The Night (Lady Antebellum)
(You can find an extensive list of nominees and winners in each category on the official GRAMMY website)
— Billboard(@billboard) February 13, 2012
A night of celebration, recognition, and commemoration, embellished with epic performances from the finest top-charting artists, the 2012 Grammys was truly an unforgettable, vibrant spectacle.