The 2012 Grammy Awards were held last night at the Staple Center in Los Angeles. One day after the music industry and the world lost one of the greatest talents that ever graced the stage. The mood was surprisingly celebratory, yet a cloud of great sadness could be felt in the air as friends and fans alike morned this tragedy.
The show started out with host, LL Cool J asking the world to pray with him about the immense loss felt by everyone. As they say in show business, “the show must go on.”
The Grammy’s celebrate the superb achievements of the past year in music; spanning vast genres and styles to award the winner the coveted Grammy trophy.
I have to say that in years past the show felt forced, as I think the Recording Academy was feeling the pressure to put on a great show that would boost sagging ratings that once supported the annual telecast. In 2004 the Grammys made the Staple Center their permanent home for the ceremony, moving it from the legendary Shrine Auditorium. I personally miss the Shrine’s more elegant and intimate setting, to the more “concert” feeling of the show now.
Recap of the nights big winners:
-Adele took home 6 awards — Album Of The year for 21, Record Of The Year for Rolling In The Deep and Best Song for writing Rolling In The Deep with Paul Epworth. Adele also took home the Grammys for Best Pop Solo Performance for, Someone Like You, Best Pop Vocal Album for 21 and Best Short Form Music Video for Rolling In The Deep.
-Kanye West was a multiple winner, taking home Grammys in categories including Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his collaboration with Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie on his song All Of The Lights.
Tony Bennett and the late Amy Winehouse won the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with “Body and Soul,” and Skrillex won the Best Dance Recording award for Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.
-Chris Brown won the award for Best R&B album for F.A.M.E.
-The Foo Fighters won a total of 5 awards, taking home the Grammys for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for White Limo, Best Rock Song for Walk, Best Rock Album withWasting Light, Best Long Form Music Video for Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, and Best Rock Performance for Walk.
-Indie group Bon Iver won the major Grammy for Best New Artist, “but lead singer Justin Vernon probably didn’t win over too many record executives when he said during his acceptance speech that it was “hard to accept” the award. The American ended up dedicating the award to both the other nominees and those who will “never be nominated.” -SundayTimes
-Lady Antebellum won Best Country Album for Own The Night
-Taylor Swift won 2 awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo performance for Mean.
The 2012 Grammy Winners:
Album of the Year: “21″, Adele
Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep”, Adele
Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep”, Adele
Best New Artist: Bon Iver
Best Pop Album: “21″, Adele
Best Traditional Pop Album: “Duets 2″, Tony Bennett
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You”, Adele
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul”, Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse
Best Dance Recording: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, Skrillex
Best Dance / Electronica Album: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, Skrillex
Best Rock Song: “Walk”, Foo Fighters
Best Rock Album: “Wasting Light”, Foo Fighters
Best Rock Performance: “Walk”, Foo Fighters
Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance: “White Limo”, Foo Fighters
Best Alternative Music Album: “Bon Iver”, Bon Iver
Best R&B Song: “Fool for You”, Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona
Best R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.”, Chris Brown
Best R&B Performance: “Is This Love”, Corrine Bailey Rae
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Fool For You”, Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona
Best Rap Song: “All of the Lights”, Kanye West featuring Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie
Best Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, Kanye West
Best Rap Performance: “Otis”, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “All of the Lights”, Kanye West featuring Rihanna, Kid Cudiand Fergie
Best Country Song: “Mean”, Taylor Swift
Best Country Album: “Own the Night”, Lady Antebellum
Best Country Solo Performance: “Mean”, Taylor Swift
Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group: “Barton Hollow”, The Civil Wars
Best Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)”, Betty White
Best Comedy Album: “Hilarious”, Louis C.K.
Best Musical Theater Album: “The Book of Mormon”, “South Park” creators Trey Parkerand Matt Stone, plus Robert Lopez
*you can see the complete list @ Grammys.com
My top 5 Favorite Moments:
#1: Seeing the legend, 9 time Grammy Award winner, Bonnie Raitt pay tribute to 6 time winner Etta James. I love BONNIE!!!!! RIP Etta.
#2: Seeing and hearing Adele win 6, count them, 6 Grammys. Last night Adele tide for most wins in one night ever by a female artist with Beyonce’. Her performance of Rolling in The Deep was amazing and the love she must have felt from the standing crowed, had to of been overwhelming to say the least. Welcome back Adele!
#3: Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson’s amazing vocal tribute to the voice of all voices, Whitney Huston. Jennifer was presented with her first Grammy in 2008 and said publicly (I’m paraphrasing), that winning the award was almost insignificant to the fact that her idol was the one giving it to her. The fast that it was Jennifer on the same stage, showing her that same love, and paying homage to her fallen idol, leaves me speechless.
#4: One of my favorites, The Civil Wars, won 2 Grammys and performed a short but sweet bit of Barton Hollow. I love this band and their album Barton Hallow. The Civil Wars are epic. I only wish they could have sang a full version of their song on the big stage.
#5: Lady Antebellum wining for Best Country Album over Taylor Swift. Thank God! I really like Taylor as a person, but I don’t have an emotional attachment to her music.
My Top 5 Moments I Hated: Warning, I’m about to vent.
#1: Bruno Mars!! He is so annoying and has such a huge ego. Plus, he is hard to look at and his fucking hair has got to go. Been there done that. The throw back Elves thing is tired and not original. Next………….
#2: Chris Brown not signing live. I understand that he is an amazing dancer and I like some of his music, and I’m not a singer nor an amazing dancer, and I don’t know how to sing while dancing and make it sound good but!,….Come on dude, everyone knows you are not singing!!! It’s not a dance award show! It’s about the music and last night you were not making any.com! Oh!, and on a side note, your ego is sooooo out of control that it makes me want to barf. News flash, you are not the greatest of all time you cocky little shit. Thannnnk youuuuuuu.com
#3: What the fuck are the Grammy voters thinking giving Bon Iver Best New Artist? I mean come on! Are you kidding me??? I’m sorry, love her or hate her, Nicki Minaj has had the most impact in Music last year compared to any other new artist and that should have been recognized. It reminds me when they gave this award to Shelby Lynn. Exactly, does anyone know who the fuck that is? I rest my case.com
#4: This goes for all people at awards shows or for anything held indoors. WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU WEARING YOUR SUNGLASSES INSIDE? It’s not sunny and makes you look like is a little bitch trying to be cool. News faaaalash! It does not make you look cool, it makes you look like a super douche bag.
#5: I really enjoy this person most of the time however, Nicki’s performance was extremely stupid and came across as very forced. There is no need to act like a freak just to be able to say that you are an innovative artist and performer. I actually was some-what offended by it.
In conclusion, I feel that the show was good but not great. I guess we will have to wait until next year to see if it can get better. Here’s to hoping!
Oh, and one more thing, giving out only 6 awards durning a 3.5 hour AWARD SHOW is a little crazy given that there are over 70 categories each year. #I’mJustSaying!