By Ruth 66
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards was a night of exhilarating performances, inspired tributes, and emotional acceptance speeches. Big winners included British singer Adele, veteran rockers the Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift.
Adele brought home six GRAMMYs, tying Beyoncé for the most awards won by a female artist in one night. Adele won for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 21, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling In The Deep," and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You."
Returning to live performance for the first time since vocal cord surgery, Adele also wowed the audience with the stunning "Rolling In The Deep," her soulful delivery further evidence of her justly awarded, star-worthy talent.
Foo Fighters, won five of the field-leading seven GRAMMYs for which they were nominated, including Best Rock Album for Wasting Light and Best Rock Performance for "Walk." In receiving the latter award, frontman Dave Grohl noted the "human element of making music is what‘s most important, [it's] not about sounding perfect, but what goes on in here," pointing to his heart.
Kanye West won four awards, including Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Best Rap Performance with Jay-Z for "Otis."
Of course, the death of Whitney Houston impacted the Grammy broadcast heavily. Jennifer Hudson delivered a very tasteful and emotional performance of "I Will Always Love You" late in the show, ending it by singing "Whitney, we will always love you." It was obvious Jennifer was working hard to keep her composure as she sang.
Show host LL Cool J shared a heartfelt prayer in memory of Whitney Houston at the top of the awards broadcast saying, "We've had a death in our family. So at least for me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman who we loved, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston." He added, "Although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit."
Bruce Springsteen kicked this year's Grammys off performing his new single, "We Take Care of Our Own," backed up by his E Street Band and a string section.
Bruno Mars rocked a gold coat and bowtie for a high-energy performance of "Runaway Baby" from his album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. He got the industry crowd on their feet channeling James Brown and saying, "Tonight, we celebrate music." We celebrate the beautiful Miss Whitney Houston, so get up off your rich asses and let's have some fun!"
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt paid tribute to the other diva the music world lost recently -- Etta James -- with a performance of "Sunday Kind of Love."
Chris Brown showed off his dance moves atop a colorful staircase while performing a medley of his brand-new single "Turn Up the Music" and "Beautiful People." The former song is the lead single from Chris's upcoming album, Fortune. It was his first performance since missing the Grammy show three years ago following his physical altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna, and a few fans on Twitter took issue with him lip-synching the entire performance. Chris also picked up the best R&B album Grammy for F.A.M.E.
Rihanna rocked a new, shaggy blonde hairstyle performing "We Found Love" backed up a troupe of dancers. She then took the energy down performing "Princess of China" acoustically with Coldplay's Chris Martin.
Nicki Minaj continued promoting her alter ego "Roman" delivering her new single "Roman Holiday." The performance featured a lot of Catholic iconography and a woman gyrating on an altar in front of a young altar boy. Nicki also worked a demented version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" into the song as she levitated over the stage. That had to be the most bizarre performance of the night. Also, it was way too long.
The Beach Boys' tribute portion kicked off with Maroon 5 performing "Surfer Girl." The Beach Boys themselves, including Brian Wilson, then reunited onstage to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a performance of "Good Vibrations."
Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a few remarks and played a bit of the Beatles "Love Me Do" before introducing Sir Paul McCartney. Joe Walsh and Diana Krall joined McCartney as he sang "My Valentine" from his new album, Kisses on the Bottom.
Indie darlings and two-time Grammy winners The Civil Wars sang a snippet of their song "Barton Hollow" before introducing Taylor Swift's down home performance of "Mean." That song won Taylor two trophies in the pre-telecast ceremony for best country song and best country solo performance. Taylor returned to introduce The Band Perry and Blake Shelton's tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell. Dianna Ross also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Saturday ceremony.
Paul McCartney returned to close the show with some tracks from Beatles' iconic Abbey Road album - "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight" and "You Never Give Me Your Money." Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl then joined Sir Paul onstage for an all star jam session appropriately ending the entire show with "The End."
There were plenty of glitzy and glamorous dresses, as well as a few boring ones, some ill-fitting and some just bizarre.
These are my Worst Dressed picks:
These were my Best Dressed picks: