Triumph and Tragedy at the Grammy® Awards
It was a night of triumph and tragedy at Sunday's Grammy® awards, as one of pop's favorite voices, Whitney Houston's death loomed over the event; pop's new rising celebrity, Adele emerged victorious with six trophies including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
Host LL Cool J began the program with a moment of silence for Houston, who passed away Saturday afternoon in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The cause of death is still unknown. While the show began on a dramatic moment, it would reach fever pitch as Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to Houston, by singing "I Will Always Love You" after a montage of other departed members of the music community that passed on in the last year was shown.
Yet, with all of the drama came joy as British singer Adele swept the awards and performed for the very first time after undergoing vocal chord surgery in the fall of 2011. The singers album, 21, which speaks of heartbreak or as Adele mentioned when winning "Album of the Year," a "Rubbish relationship," had also become one of the biggest selling albums of last year.
While Adele took home six Grammy's, rock band Foo Fighters took home five awards. Other big winners of the night include Bon Iver, Kanye West, Tony Bennett, The Civil Wars, and Skrillex.