The 54th Annual Grammy Awards was a more sombre affair than usual as host, LL Cool J opened the proceedings with a prayer for six-time Grammy Award winner, Whitney Houston. After the shocking passing of Houston Saturday, the Grammy’s scrambled to put together a tribute for her. Houston’s was the last image shown during the memorial. While her photo was still on-screen, Jennifer Hudson took the stage dressed in black. She did a beautiful rendition of, I Will Always Love You. Hudson was obviously trying to hold back tears, while some of us watching weren’t able to.

Adele swept the night with wins in the following categories:

Best Pop Vocal Album
21

Best Pop Solo Performance
Someone Like You

Song Of The Year
Rolling In The Deep

Album Of The Year
21

Record Of The Year
Rolling In The Deep

During her tearful acceptance speech for her final award of the evening she said, “This record is inspired by something really normal and everyone’s been through it… a rubbish relationship”.

Bon Iver won for Best New Artist and the collaboration between Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse, that was released after her death last summer won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

My biggest complaint of the awards—too much Chris Brown! By that I mean I could have really done without seeing him perform, ever! Instead he was on my TV, not once, but twice? Seriously, why did they have to include him in the dance music segment? It distracted from the rest that was poppin’. And he got an award on top of it. That sends a message that the Grammys say it’s okay to beat women, and destroy property. Not cool.

Overall, there weren’t any performances that blew my mind this year. Usually there is at least one thing that will have me talking for the next week. Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt tribute to the late Etta James was nice. The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney & Foo Fighters delivered the goods. I was most moved by Jennifer Hudson’s tribute. Adele gave a solid performance and her voice sounded fantastic. Deadmau5 was entertaining as always. But there just wasn’t anything spectacular.

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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards was a more sombre affair than usual as host, LL Cool J opened the proceedings with a prayer for six-time Grammy Award winner, Whitney Houston. After the shocking passing of Houston Saturday, the Grammy's scrambled to put together a tribute for her. Houston's was...