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Grammys were a huge success in 2012

Grammy Music Awards

 

It’s that time of year again.  The 54th annual Grammy awards.  Here’s the re-cap.

The Grammy ratings were the biggest stunner. Just under 40 million people watched Adele get the biggest awards, an audience size topped only in 1984 when Michael Jackson’s “Thriller’’ was named top album.

The Grammys, which had a bigger audience than the Academy Awards last year, benefited from a star who had the year’s biggest-selling and critically-acclaimed album who was also making her first appearance after being quieted by surgery. It was reminiscent of the year “The Titanic’’ brought an unusually large audience to the Oscars.

Add in curiosity about how the music community would respond to Whitney Houston’s death, and you have all the ingredients for a monster success. In 2011, the Grammys were seen by 26.7 million.

It was the fourth straight year in which the Grammy audience has grown for CBS, starting with the 17.1 million people watching in 2008. Grammy organizers have deemphasized the awards to make the annual event more of a performance show, drawing many of the biggest names in the industry.

Host LL Cool J opened the event with a prayer for Houston, while Jennifer Hudson also performed a tribute to the star, singing I Will Always Love You.

Taylor Swift received a standing ovation on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards for her performance of the song “Mean.” The young star stood in awe as her peers in the music industry saluted her. The cherry on top of this amazing moment for Swift was the fact that she has never looked better.

Minaj made waves with a Catholic church-inspired performance of “Roman’s Holiday” that was condemned by the Catholic League.

Chris Brown was front-and-center three times during Sunday’s Grammys. He won best R&B album for “F.A.M.E.,” he performed a single from his upcoming album, “Turn Up the Music,” and he opened a dance tribute to “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius.  Three years after his assault of Rihanna has drawn the ire of viewers who claim the controversial R&B star shouldn’t have been rewarded with such attention.

The Boss, accompanied by his famous E Street Band, set the stage alight with a performance of new single ‘We Take Care of Our Own’ – taken from the forthcoming album ‘Wrecking Ball’ released on March 6th.  One of the world’s most successful recording artists, Springsteen has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and earned numerous accolades for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award.

Adele was the big winner of the night, winning all six of the Grammy awards that she was nominated for, and performing for the first time since her vocal surgery.

There was also a tribute to the recently reunited Beach Boys that featured Maroon 5, Foster the People and Mike Love, Al Jardine and Brian Wilson, the three remaining members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, all pitch-perfect as they brought the groups California rock sound and harmonies back to life.

Decked out in a sparkling gold blazer, Bruno Mars definitely brought the celebration to the 2012 Grammy Awards with his triumphant performance. He performed underneath a marquee emblazoned with his name, Bruno Mars was backed by a full band, complete with a horn section, that paid homage to his love of music from the ’60s. Mars lifted the mood in the room, which was mourning the loss of Whitney Houston, with his dazzling performance of his Doo-Wops & Hooligans track “Runaway.”

While his performance focused on the party, he also showed Houston some love when he gave her a shout-out mid-song. “Yo, tonight we celebrate. We celebrate the beautiful Miss Whitney Houston. Get off your rich asses and let’s have fun!”As he shimmied his way through the track, he gave props to another legend of the music industry when he shouted, “Can I have my James Brown?” bringing the energy of the show up to full volume.

Mars is a four-time Grammy nominee this year. He’s up for Album of the Year for Hooligans, as well as three awards for “Grenade”: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Grammy voters awarded the rock song trophy to the Foo Fighters. As leader Dave Grohl shouted that he never wants to die and he’s dancing on his grave, his backing band gave a completely capable, completely forgettable arena rock effort. It’s simple, straightforward, moderately catchy and not really about anything. The Foo Fighters won five Grammys in total. They noted that they made their album “Wasting Light” in a garage.

Glen Campbell, who announced his retirement last year after disclosing he had Alzheimer’s disease, also performed with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton, singing his classic hit, “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

Following on from his Hollywood Walk of Fame induction last night, Sir Paul Mccartney demonstrated his enduring appeal across the generations at the Grammys last night. The former member of The Beatles performed ‘My Valentine’, from his recent album, Kisses on the Bottom. The performance seemed to suggest that MCCartney was styling himself as a crooner, a la Tony Bennett (who also won two Grammy awards last night, including one for his duet with Amy Winehouse).

Bon Iver was named Best New Artist despite releasing an album four years ago. That caused a bit of controversy on Twitter for those in the know. But hey, it’s the Grammys and they make the rules right?

Kanye West snagged four trophies to add to his already impressive collection. I highly doubt we’ll see the last of Mr. West.

In the tradition of unique pairings that give the Grammys its appeal, Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt paid tribute to the late Etta James by performing Sunday Kind of Love.

All in all, the Grammys were exactly what everyone expected.  A star studded extravaganza.  They usual kings and queens of music won the awards, and there was little if any accolades for the up and coming artists that are putting out really great music.  As always, just like the Academy Awards, the “name brand” stars always seem to win.

 

 

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