2012 Grammy Awards: Musicians And Stars Turn Out For Award Show Overshadowed By Whitney Houston's Passing

02/12/2012 05:50 pm ET | Updated Feb 13, 2012

The 54th Grammy Awards are being broadcast by CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kanye West led the field at the 2012 Grammys with seven nominations, though he was not nominated for Best Album. Adele was nominated for six awards, including Best Album, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance.

The awards were cast in the somber shadow of Whitney Houston's death Saturday afternoon. The singer was 48 years old. A cause of death was not immediately known. Jennifer Hudson was scheduled to perform Houston's biggest hit, a cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," at the Grammys as a tribute to the late star.

Adele won six Grammy awards, including Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year. Check our live blog below for all the details.

Many of music's biggest acts performed at the award show, including The Beach Boys, The Foo Fighters, Adele, Katy Perry and Rihanna.

02/12/2012 11:25 PM EST

Adele Wins Album Of The Year

And that's a wrap: Adele has won the Grammy in the Album Of The Year category for her heart-wrenching sophomore album "21."

"I want to say thank you to Rick Rubin for teaching me about quality control," the singer said after thanking her mother. She was overcome with emotion at the beginning of her speech but gathered herself before continuing with her touching acceptance remarks.

The album is based on "something everyone's been through -- a rubbish relationship," she added.

The singer, who scored an award in all six categories she was nominated for including Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance, Short Form Music Video, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year, made her live performance comeback on Sunday night. (She had recently undergone throat surgery).

Musical legend Diana Ross presented the award to the Adele.

02/12/2012 11:13 PM EST

Adele: Five For Five

Adele wins Record Of The Year for "Rolling In The Deep," her fifth Grammy. She's still up for Album Of The Year.

02/12/2012 11:12 PM EST

Nicki ...

In what will probably be viewed as an overreaching performance, Nicki Minaj stumbled down the path of appropriating religious iconography and hymns for pop music's sake in a performance that had the Twitterverse confused.

02/12/2012 10:57 PM EST

Grohl, Who Decried Computers Only Moments Ago, Performs With David Guetta And Deadmau5

A bit jarring to go from the heavy Whitney tribute to David Guetta and Chris Brown, but Dave Grohl and his guitar seem to be working well with deadmau5's remix of the Foo Fighter's "Rope." Deadmau5 also played a bit of his original song "Raise Your Weapon."

The man inside the mouse head is Joel Zimmerman, and he looks like this, in case you were wondering.

02/12/2012 10:50 PM EST

Jennifer Hudson's Whitney Tribute Was Stunning

Jennifer Hudson's emotional tribute to Whitney Houston went off without a hitch, high notes and all.

Hudson performed the late singer's cover of Dolly Parton's song on a simple black stage and became visibly emotional during the performance.

The late singer presented Hudson with her first Grammy in 2008, and Hudson admitted that meeting Houston, who she has said inspired her career, "almost overshadowed getting the Grammy."

At a pre-Grammy event, Hudson said Houston's tune "I Will Always Love You" inspired her, adding that she would "create duets with her because I wanted to sing with Whitney Houston." Hudson was reportedly in tears during rehearsals, but was able to make it through the performance.

02/12/2012 10:36 PM EST

After A Strong Tony Bennett - Carrie Underwood Debut, The Award For Best New Artist

Bon Iver wins best new artist, Nicki Minaj visibly disappointed.

Here's what Justin Vernon had to say:

"It's really hard to accept this award, there's a lot of talent on this stage and there's a lot of talent that also isn't here. It's also hard to accept because when I start doing this I did it for the inherent joy of making music ... So I'm a little bit uncomfortable up here, but with that discomfort I do have a sense of gratitude. I want to say thank you to all the nominees and all the non-nominees who aren't here and will never be here ... I also want to say thanks to all the voters, sweet hookup."

02/12/2012 10:30 PM EST

LL Cool J's Prayer For Whitney

In case you missed it earlier:

02/12/2012 10:24 PM EST

So Far, Glen Campbell's Performance Is The Night's Most Touching Moment

The Perry Band and Blake Shelton set him up nicely, and Glen Campbell's performance is truly amazing. Campbell, who's fighting Alzheimer's, had announced that he would complete one final tour. It was touching to see Paul McCartney singing along in the crowd, which was on its feet.

02/12/2012 10:15 PM EST

Adele Rocked The House

Adele made a triumphant return at the 2012 Grammy Awards on Sunday, belting out her soulful hit "Rolling In The Deep."

Nominated for six awards, the singer recently underwent a throat surgery which her fans worried would affect her voice. Judging from Sunday's performance, they have nothing to worry about.

At the time of her performance, Adele has already won four awards (Best Short Form Music Video, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album).

She was introduced by Gwyneth Paltrow, who called her "something special." Paltrow described 21, Adele's sophomore album as "creating a global music movement."

The Grammy audience clapped along enthusiastically throughout the performance, and the singer seemed completely in her element on the simple stage. She received a standing ovation when she finished.

02/12/2012 9:58 PM EST

Katy Perry Performs, Plays Prank On Audience

Apparently fading between "E.T." and "Part Of Me" would have been too difficult, so producers instead opted to add feedback and a harsh fade to black in between Perry's two songs.

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