Adele reclaimed the stage with a soaring performance of “Rolling in the Deep.” In her first live performance since her vocal cord surgery, the singer hit every note and received a standing ovation. She also scooped up six Grammys, winning in every category in which she was nominated including Album of the Year for 21 and Record of the Year for “Rolling In the Deep.”
Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston
There was no better performer to pay homage to Whitney Houston than Jennifer Hudson—not only does her voice rival Ms. Houston’s, she’s a genuine fan (when Houston presented her with her Best R&B Album Grammy in 2009, Hudson said she was “in awe”). The singer performed an emotional rendition of Houston’s hit “I Will Always Love You,” appearing on the verge of tears. She ended the song with a lyrical switch, singing: “Whitney, we love, we love you.”
Nicki Minaj Challenges The Church
She may not have walked away with an award last night, losing Best New Artist to Bon Iver, but Nicki Minaj delivered a jaw-dropping performance. The rapper arrived at the show already in costume, draped head-to-toe in a custom scarlet Versace cloak, before wowing fans with the breathtaking stage show. Minaj performed her new single “Roman Holiday” and performed an exorcism of her alter-ego “Roman.” The performance had the rapper melt down in confession, endure an exorcism and, for the finale, levitate.
Kanye West: Fashion Over Fame?
The rap star took home a bevy of awards including Best Rap Performance for “Otis” with Jay-Z, Best Rap Song for “All of the Lights,” Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “All of the Lights.” Although he was one of the top honoured musicians at the show, where was he? Possibly prepping for next month’s Paris Fashion Week, where he will show a Fall 2012 collection.
Amy Winehouse Remembered
Amy Winehouse’s parents received a standing ovation as they accepted a Grammy Award on behalf of their daughter Sunday night in a non-televised category. Mitch and Janis Winehouse stepped onstage with Tony Bennett, who collaborated with Winehouse on the song “Body and Soul,” which won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. “Long live Whitney Houston, long live Amy Winehouse, long live Etta James,” Mitch said. “There’s a beautiful girl band up in heaven.”–Erin Fitzsimmons