The 54th annual Grammys took place in Los Angeles, and while artists were pitted against one another for each award, everyone joined together to pay their respects to Whitney Houston. Still, the mood seemed to be very relaxed, and this mindset was most likely due to the fact that everyone attending and watching the knew who would be walking away with the most golden gramophones. Killing any sense of suspense, Adele — Britian's new queen of soul — stormed the awards ceremony with her record breaking album "21" and infectious hit "Rolling in the Deep," both of which raked in a total of five awards, including the highly-coveted Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year.
Rihanna performed her chart-topping "We Found Love" before Coldplay joined her on stage to premiere their duet "Princess of China." The pop star, whose tight mid-drift baring ensemble and voluminous blonde hairdo evoked Tina Turner, also won two awards for "Loud" and her "All of the Lights" collabo, as did her former flame Chris Brown, who scooped up best R&B album.
Barbz everywhere cried when the ever-eccentric Nicki Minaj was snubbed for "Best New Artist" by a much lesser-known Bon Iver, but Minaj still turned heads later with an eyebrow raising performance. No eyes were dry as Jennifer Hudson performed spectacularly in memory of Whitney Houston in what had to be the fasted tribute turn around in years, and Alicia Keys did Etta James great justice in her own tribute.
This year's Grammys celebrated both the past and the future of music by honoring those artists who lead the way with their groundbreaking music careers, as well as those soon to be icons that future generations will be listening to and talking about for years.
Were there any unforgivable upsets at this year's Grammys? Or did the artists' wins actually a reflect much deserved appreciation for their hard work and talent?