As host LL Cool J said at the opening of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, the night was about something truly universal and healing – music. Devastated by the passing of Whitney Houston (to whom this year’s ceremony is dedicated to), the music community paid their respects to the late, great vocalist by letting the beat go on. The music-makers celebrated this past year by recognizing the achievements of their fellow artists and by creating some of the finest and most memorable Grammy moments in the show’s history. These were some of my favourite moments…
- Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt‘s cool cover of “Sunday Kind Of Love” by Etta James, in honour of the late Matriarch of R&B and Soul.
- The Regal Reba McEntire introducing Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson‘s “Don’t You Wanna Stay”, one of my favourite Country duets of 2012.
- The Beach Boys set by Maroon 5 and Foster the Kids, with a special appearance by the band itself! “Good Vibrations” was especially groovy and showed that the Beach Boys, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, are timeless entertainers.
- Stevie Wonder. Need I say more?
- Folk duo The Civil Wars singing a snippet of the entrancing “Barton Hollow,” their Grammy award winning song from their Grammy Award winning album.
- Tony Bennett, who received his first Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album accolade of his career for Duets II (which contains his sensational, award-winning collaboration with the late Amy Winehouse, “Body and Soul”), sang his duet with Carrie Underwood, “It Had To Be You”.
- Jennifer Hudson‘s emotionally-charged rendition of “I Will Always Love You” was a stunning tribute to Whitney Houston (and surely brought tears to the eyes of all those who adored her).
- QUEEN ADELE. The vocal powerhouse deliver a rousing rendition of “Rolling in the Deep” (the fact that she can go through vocal surgery and sound that stellar is amazing!) which was followed by a standing ovation from the audience. She also dominated the night with a clean sweep of Grammy Awards, earning a grand total of six trophies in the categories of Best Short Form Music Video (for “Rolling in the Deep”), Best Pop Vocal Album (for 21), Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Someone Like You”), Song of the Year and Record of the Year (for “Rolling in the Deep”), and the prestigious Album of the Year for 21! With her six awards, she matched Beyonce’s record of most wins by a female artist in one night. Truly, there is no one more worthy of all the acclaim than the talented and sensational Adele.
- Sir Paul McCartney (along with Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl in the band) closing the show with Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End. That Beatles medley is perhaps one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever created, and it was such a pure joy to hear it performed on the Grammy stage. This powerful moment was a reminder of how good songs can be cherished for many years to come.