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
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