Sunday was the Grammys!
As usual, the Chris Laich Music Services team spent the night watching the whole show, and one thing is for sure – getting LL Cool J to host was the best decision ever. Not only did he strike just the right tone in acknowledging Whitney Houston’s death only 24 hours earlier, but he kept things moving smoothly.
Adele at the 2012 Grammys (image source)
The night was filled with some great performances. Adele was fantastic! She’s become an artist we often play, and we’re hoping her next album is as amazing. We thought it was great how Bruno Mars channeled the Temptations, the Foo Fighters got rowdy, and, of course, Jennifer Hudson rocked it out.
Bruno Mars at the 2012 Grammys (image source)
Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Key’s tribute to Etta James was especially moving, as was the tribute to Glen Campbell, which became poignant when the Rhinestone Cowboy himself came out to sing. And, of course, it was awesome to see Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, and The Beach Boys perform.
Jennifer Hudson at the 2012 Grammys (image source)
So, who were the winners of 2012?
Adele (deservedly) won all six awards for which she was nominated, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year with her powerful “Rolling in the Deep,” Top Solo Performance with “Someone Like You,” and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Bon Iver won Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album.
Tony Bennett won Best Pop Duo for his performance with Amy Winehouse and best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Best Rock Performance went to the Foo Fighters. They also won Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Rock Song and Rock Album.
Corrine Bailey Raw won Best R&B Performance.
Best Traditional R&B Performance as well as Best R&B Song was won by Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona.
Chris Brown won Best R&B Album.
Best Rap Performance went to Kanye West and Jay-Z for “Otis.”
Kanye West won Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “All of the Lights” and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
The Civil Wars won Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Taylor Swift won Best Country Song for “Mean.”
For a complete list of all the 2012 Grammy winners, visit The Washington Post.