2012 Grammys Recap

Music’s biggest night- The Grammy’s took place last night at the Staples Center in LA. This years show was much different (and better) than previous years. Not only did the Grammy’s include popular artists like Adele, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5, and The Foo Fighters, but this year they also mixed in artists of the past such as Paul McCartney (who performed twice), Glen Campbell, and The Beach Boys. Performing genres also reached both ends of the spectrum– old and new– pop, country, rap, and rock.

The biggest winner of the night was Adele, which wasn’t surprising at all. After her heartbreaking break-up with her ex, her album 21 (which featured songs based on the break-up), left her shining and him in the dust, as she attended the show with her new love Simon and took home 6 Grammys. Adele’s 6 wins were a first in music history, as she won for each category she was nominated for.

For me, the top 3 performances of the night were by Adele, Maroon 5/Foster The People/The Beach Boys, and Nicki Minaj (see videos below).

Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” performance was phenomenal. After undergoing throat surgery in November and cancelling a number of concert dates, everyone was wondering if Adele would still have that magical voice of hers. Her Grammy performance was her first since her surgery and this girl did not disappoint!

Reuniting on their 50th anniversary, The Beach Boys proved that they still have it. Maroon 5 and Foster The People covered their songs “Surfer Girl” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” prior to The Beach Boys taking the stage and singing “Good Vibrations.” The performance was great, mixing old and new together.

Nicki Minaj, one word WOW. It wasn’t what anyone expected.. at all. But her performance is the one that everyone’s been talking about, even if it was a WTF?! kind of response. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with Nicki, the song she performed, “Roman’s Holiday,” based on one of her many alter-ego’s Roman Zolanski (obviously the one with all the demons).

78 Grammys were awarded last night, however, not all of them were given out live on the show– the majority were awarded prior to the show. For those of you who missed the 3.5 hour awards show here’s a recap of the winners in select categories (full list of winners can be found at the Grammys official site) :

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 Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Body And Soul,” Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
Best Pop Vocal Album: 21, Adele

Best Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” Foo Fighters
Best Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters
Best Rock Album: Wasting Light, Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album: Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Best Folk Album: Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skillrex

Best R&B Performance: “Is This Love,” Corinne Bailey Rae
Best R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green
Best R&B Album: F.A.M.E, Chris Brown

Best Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “All Of The Lights,” Kanye West/Rihanna/Kid Cudi/Fergie
Best Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West/Rihanna/Kid Cudi/Fergie
Best Rap Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars
Best Country Song: “Mean,” Taylor Swift
Best Country Album: Own The Night, Lady Antebellum

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
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Boardwalk Empire Volume 1
Best Song Written For Visual Media: I See The Light, Tangled (Disney movie)