Adele & Foo Fighters top list of 2012 Grammy Award winners

Adele topped list of winners at 2012 Grammy AwardsAdele swept the 2012 Grammy Awards, taking home all six prizes her album 21 was nominated for: Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, Best Music Video Short Form, Pop Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

In a ceremony largely overshadowed by the unexpected death of iconic singer Whitney Houston, performances by Adele and Jennifer Hudson stood out among over-the-top flash put on by Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, and a Country Bears hoe-down led by Taylor Swift.

Bruno Mars, who was nominated for six awards, charmed with his retro-style performance of “Runaway Baby,” complete with ’50s pompadour and matching gold jackets.

The Foo Fighters also won big, taking home five Grammys for their rock album Wasting Light. In his acceptance speech for Best Rock Performance, frontman Dave Grohl praised the human elements of creating music.

“Singing into a microphone, learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about sounding absolutely correct. It’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (your heart) and what goes on here (your head).”

Grohl’s speech was then cut off by the electronic strains of LMFAO and a Ryan Seacrest introduction, almost as if the Grammy producers really wanted to emphasize his point. To his eternal credit, Grohl shouted over the noise “Long live rock ‘n’ roll!” (How very rock ‘n’ roll of you, brother.)


Album of the Year
* 21, Adele
Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars
Loud, Rihanna

Record of the Year
* “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele
“Holocene,” Bon Iver
“Grenade,” Bruno Mars
“The Cave,” Mumford & Sons
“Firework,” Katy Perry

Song of the Year
“All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie
“The Cave,” Mumford & Sons
“Grenade,” Bruno Mars
“Holocene,” Bon Iver
* “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

Best New Artist
Nicki Minaj
* Bon Iver
The Band Perry
J. Cole

Best Pop Solo Performance
* “Someone Like You,” Adele
“You and I,” Lady Gaga
“Grenade,” Bruno Mars
“Firework,” Katy Perry
“F–kin’ Perfect,” Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
* “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse
“Dearest,” The Black Keys
“Paradise,” Coldplay
“Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster The People
“Moves Like Jagger,” Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera

Best Pop Vocal Album
* 21, Adele
The Lady Killer, Cee Lo Green
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars
Loud, Rihanna

Best Rock Performance
“Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” Coldplay
“Down By the Water,” The Decemberists
* “Walk,” Foo Fighters
“The Cave,” Mumford & Sons
“Lotus Flower,” Radiohead

Best Rock Album
Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul, Jeff Beck
* Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
Come Around Sundown, Kings of Leon
I’m With You, Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Whole Love, Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album
* Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie
Torches, Foster the People
Circuital, My Morning Jacket
The King of Limbs, Radiohead

Best R&B Album
* F.A.M.E, Chris Brown
Second Chance, El DeBarge
Love Letter, R. Kelly
Pieces of Me, Ledisi
Kelly, Kelly Price

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Party,” Beyoncè and Andrè 3000
“I’m on One,” DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne
“I Need a Doctor,” Dr. Dre, Eminem and Skylar Grey
“What’s My Name,” Rihanna and Drake
“Motivation,” Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne
* “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie

Best Rap Album
Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne
Lasers, Lupe Fiasco
Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
* My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

Best Country Song
“Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” Thompson Square
“God Gave Me You,” Blake Shelton
“Just Fishin’,” Trace Adkins
* “Mean,” Taylor Swift
“Threaten Me With Heaven,” Vince Gill
“You and Tequila,” Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter

Best Country Album
My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean
Chief, Eric Church
* Own the Night, Lady Antebellum
Red River Blue, Blake Shelton
Here for a Good Time, George Strait
Speak Now, Taylor Swift

For a complete list of Grammy Award winners, click here.


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