Sunday, February 12, 2012


Adele at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Making a triumphant return to the stage after recovering from her Throat Surgery last fall, fave Brit Siren Adele had the audience cheering and clapping at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards performing an eagerly-awaited rendition of Song of the Year/Record of the Year Winner, Rolling in the Deep. Tears were visible in her eyes following her performance as she stood and took-in a standing ovation.

Prior to this evening, Adele had collected two GRAMMY Awards in 2009 including the coveted Best New Artist.  Although many see that Award as somewhat of a career curse, she clearly is an exception garnering six more GRAMMYs to her name tonight, including top honours with her Disc 21 in the category Album of the Year.  Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Diana Ross handed the Award to the tearful 23-year-old, who thanked her Mother first and foremost even though she wasn't in attendance.

Foo Fighters also fared exceptionally well, winning six Awards tonight for their work on latest Disc, Wasting Light.  Since forming in 1994, the Band led by David Grohl have earned a whopping an impressive eleven GRAMMYs.

85-year-old Jazz Legend Tony Bennett was presented tonight with two additional GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Body and Soul (ft. Amy Winehouse) and also his U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart-topping Duets II for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.   Although not televised, Bennett had Winehouse's Parents join him on-stage to accept the Award on-stage.  Bennett now has now won a total 16 GRAMMYs in his celebrated Career.  Both he and Carrie Underwood presented Best New Artist to Wisconsin's own Bon Iver.  Lead Singer Justin Vernon currently is seeing Canadian Singer/Songwriter Kathleen Edwards.

Toronto was well-represented with our v. own Melanie Fiona earning two GRAMMYs tonight for her collaboration Fool for You with Cee Lo, being honoured in the category of Best R&B Song This now makes her a four-time Nominee at the Awards.

One of the highlights of the Evening were the Beach Boys, reuniting (without John Stamos) for their forthcoming 50th Anniversary Tour, performing Good Vibrations Maroon 5 paid homage with a version of Surfer Girl, while Foster the People offered their take on Wouldn't it be Nice?

The Moment we all were waiting for tonight was Jennifer Hudson's Tribute to just-deceased Pop Legend Whitney HoustonHudson performed a deeply-affecting rendition of Dolly Parton-penned I Will Always Love You - which won Houston two GRAMMYs in 1994 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the YearHudson herself is a two-time GRAMMY Winner who has cited Houston as one of her greatest influences.

Watch Hudson's performance below:

See more Photos of the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Arrivals over at Zimbio.

For a complete list of Winners tonight, click here.

Mr. Will-W. & 54th Annual GRAMMY Award Nominees/Performers - Top to Bottom L to R: Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Drake, Adele, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Mark Foster (Foster the People), Bruno Mars, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Melanie Fiona and Cee Lo

(Photo credit: Getty Images | Video credit: CBS)