Let's face it: If tonight's Grammys had happened 72 hours ago in their typical fashion, we'd all be celebrating Adele. The reality, though, is that this year's ceremony was anything but typical.
On Saturday, the music world lost one of it's most defining voices with the untimely death of Whitney Houston. The news cast an obvious shadow over the event, making this year's awards ceremony one of sadness and unease.
As expected, Adele took home the major hardware picking up all 6 Grammys she was nominated for, including the prestigious Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year trophies. Other big winners included The Foo Fighters with 5 wins, Kanye West with 4, and Skrillex with 3.
But the tragic, still-fresh news of Houston's death overshadowed the usual celebratory mood of the show.
Jennifer Hudson had the task of paying tribute to the late artist, performing "I Will Always Love You," Houston's most well-known hit. The American Idol alum did an excellent job given the circumstances. The performance was a highlight, especially on such short notice. Other performances, however, that might usually be shrugged off as "all in good fun" seemed uncomfortable or out of place.
Chris Brown's mostly lip-synched dance routine was awkward and a "tribute to dance music" featuring David Guetta, The Foo Fighters, Deadmau5, and Lil Wayne presented one of the night's more puzzling moments.
Performances from legends Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, and Paul McCartney represented music's old guard, while Adele capped off her massive awards haul with an awe-inspiring performance of "Rolling In The Deep" — her first since recovering from vocal chord surgery — earning a massive standing ovation from the Staples Center crowd.
But in the end no performance or award could lift the mood of those inside The Staples Center on music's biggest night. Mired in uneasiness, the 54th Grammys will go down as being remembered for what was lost rather than for what was gained.
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