The 54th Annual Grammy Awards: Adele and Bon Iver
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

The Grammys didn't pull too many surprises (apart from that Nicki Minaj performance... what was that?)-- Adele swept three of the big four, and Bon Iver nabbed two heavily contested categories: Best Alternative Album, and the coveted Best New Artist. His speech was weird and pretty awkward. Only CBS! Let's watch some of the best performances!

The show opened with Bruce, which was a good move to keep the 60 Minutes audience watching (and all of New Jersey).

Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt did a quick tribute to Etta James, Foo Fighters got a hilarious, Carles-y intro from Jack Black for their "Walk" performance, and then Coldplay/Rihanna shared the stage for five seconds so they could each do their own hits and called it a duet. Semantics!

Paul McCartney performed a zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. And then Foster The People joined Maroon 5 to cover some Beach Boys, before the Boys themselves reunited for the first time in a long time to do "Good Vibrations."

The queen of the Grammys killed it, understandably.

The Civil Wars did their thing, Taylor Swift performed with some extras from Les Mis, Glen Campell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton doing "Rhinestone Cowboy" happened.

David Guetta and Chris Brown did... something. And then Foo Fighters crushed "Rope" with Deadmau5 doing the remix. This was all a tribute to Soul Train somehow. ?uestlove, please explain!

Carrie Underwood and the perpetual creepy uncle of every pretty young singer did "It Had To Be You," and then Nicki Minaj upped the weirdo quota. WHAT HAPPENED?

Jennifer Hudson's subtle "I Will Always Love You" tribute to Whitney Houston was humbling-- we know she could have let loose, but the singer chose not to overshadow Houston's own iconic version. Classy!

And Sir Paul closed out the evening with an "Abbey Road" medley, featuring Dave Grohl and Bruce. It was quite the jam session!

Videos via The Audio Perv.

The winners:

Record of the Year: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele

Song of the Year: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

New Artist: Bon Iver

Pop Solo Performance: "Someone Like You," Adele

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: "Body and Soul," Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Pop Vocal Album: "21," Adele

Alternative Album: "Bon Iver," Bon Iver

Rock Song: "Walk," Foo Fighters

Rock Album: "Wasting Light," Foo Fighters

Rock Performance: "Walk," Foo Fighters

Hard Rock/Metal Performance: "White Limo," Foo Fighters

R&B Album: "F.A.M.E.," Chris Brown

R&B Song: "Fool For You," Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash

R&B Performance: "Is This Love," Corrine Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "Fool For You," Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Rap Album: "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," Kanye West

Rap Performance: "Otis," Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap Song: "All of the Lights," Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West

Rap/Sung Collaboration: "All of the Lights," Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Dance Recording: "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," Skrillex

Dance/Electronica Album: "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," Skrillex

Musical Theater Album: "The Book of Mormon," Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone

World Music Album: "Tassili," Tinariwen

Latin Pop Rock, Rock or Urban Album: "Drama y Luz," Mana

Tropical Latin Album: "Last Mambo," Cachao

Banda or Norteno Album: "Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends," Los Tigres Del Norte

Regional Mexican or Tejano Album: "Bicentenario," Pepe Aguilar

Country Solo Performance: "Mean," Taylor Swift

Country Album: "Own the Night," Lady Antebellum

Country Performance by a Duo or Group: "Barton Hollow," The Civil Wars

Country Song: "Mean," Taylor Swift

Jazz Vocal Album: "The Mosaic Project," Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists

Jazz Instrumental Album: "Forever," Corea, Clark & White

Improvised Jazz Solo: "500 Miles High," Chick Corea

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: "The Good Feeling," Christian McBride Big Band

Blues Album: "Revelator," Tedeschi Trucks Band

Folk Album: "Barton Hollow," The Civil Wars

Pop Instrumental Album: "The Road From Memphis," Booker T. Jones

Bluegrass Album: "Paper Airplane," Alison Krauss & Union Station

Americana Album: "Ramble at the Ryman," Levon Helm

Reggae Album: "Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life," Stephen Marley

New Age Album: "What's It All About," Pat Metheny

Children's Album: "All About Bullies... Big and Small," various artists

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: "Cinema (Skrillex remix)," Sonny Moore

Gospel Song: "Hello Fear," Kirk Franklin

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance: "Jesus," L'Andria Johnson

Gospel Album: "Hello Fear," Kirk Franklin

Choral Performance: "Light & Gold," Eric Whitacre

Classical Contemporary Composition: "Elmer Gantry," Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance: "Brahms: Symphony No. 4," Gustavo Dudamel

Opera Recording: "Adams: Doctor Atomic," Alan Gilbert, conductor

Spoken Word Album: "If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)," Betty White

Comedy Album: "Hilarious," Louis C.K.

Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: "Boardwalk Empire," various artists

Score Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: "The King's Speech," Alexandre Desplat

Song Written For Visual Media: "I See the Light," Alan Menken & Glenn Slater

Historical Album: "Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition)," Paul McCartney

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)," Jorge Calandrelli
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