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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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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For "Rolling In The Deep."

Look out for her acceptance laugh to be GIF'd and looped.

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And thanks God!

"First and foremost I want to thank God ... I don't know what else to say man, I'm nervous. Teem Breezy, this is all for you."


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Stevie Wonder introduced the British icon. McCartney, looking a bit like Tom Wole in a white tuxedo jacket, launched into "My Valentine," and stayed seated the entire time.

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The Beach Boys looked like they were in good form, but having younger guns Adam Levine and Foster The People on hand certainly didn't hurt.

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"Walk" earns them their fifth statuette of the night.

"The human element that makes music is what's most important -- singing into a microphone and learning how to pay a guitar," frontman Dave Grohl said. "It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes into a computer."

Then LMFAO came on.

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Rihanna started with "We Found Love," during which she writhed around on the crowd until the Calvin Harris-produced track came in. The singer's blonde 'do gave the performance a twinge of Tina Turner.

Chris Martin and his guitar then joined RiRi for "Princess Of China," a much more stripped down performance. The full band then performed "Paradise."

It's a big night for electronic music. Chris Brown also performed a song that was produced by a house music artist ("Beautiful People," by Benny Benassi), Skrillex won three awards in the pre-show and deadmau5 and David Guetta are expected to perform later in the show.

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@ vulture : Dave Grohl found the fountain of youth and just hasn't told anyone else about it yet, right?

The 43-year-old didn't seem out of breath at all rocking out to "Walk."

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@ SteveStoute : Let's get this grammy thing going.... How many people believe nicki wins best new artist? She is performing she did all the ads for the show

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But neither showed up.

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Chris Brown performed a medley of his dance-pop-house hits atop a stack of white blocks. Controversy had dogged the awards show after producers announced he'd be returning to the Grammy stage three years after brutally assaulting Rihanna.

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Adele wins again, this time for "Someone Like You." This is her third award of the evening.

"I have to thank my doctors for bringing my voice back," she said during an emotional acceptance speech.

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In his high-octane performance early in the Grammy broadcast, Bruno Mars had some choice words for the audience.

"Tonight we celebrate music," he said. "Tonight we celebrate the beautiful Miss Whitney Houston. So get off your rich asses and let's have some fun."

From the looks of it, the audience obliged.

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The Grammy host began the award show with a prayer dedicated to Whitney Houston:

"Heavenly father, we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us. Today, our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter, and all of her loved ones, and although she's gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been blessed by her beautiful spirit."

The broadcast then aired a clip of Houston performing "I Will Always Love You."

"Whitney," LL then said, "We will always love you."

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Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band open the show with a performance of "We Take Care Of Our Own."

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Electronic dance music artist deadmau5 played a prank on Skrillex at the Grammys by wearing the latter's phone number on his shirt.

Skrillex appeared to be taking it in good stride (perhaps the three Grammys he's already won helped soothe the burn):

@ Skrillex : Haha @deadmau5 just wore my phone number on his fokin shirt on tv gotta retire this phone

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Kelly Price was overcome with emotion on the red carpet as she was chatting with Ryan Seacrest, one of the many displays of mourning in the wake of Whitney Houston's passing just last night.

Kelly Rowland described Houston as a "hero" who impacted "not just the music industry but the world." Earlier in the broadcast, Jennifer Hudson called in to confirm that she'd be honoring the late megastar by singing one of Houston's songs (Hudson will sing "about two minutes" of "I Will Always Love You," a Dolly Parton song which Houston covered in 1992). Hudson had reportedly broken down in tears during rehearsals.

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Alt-rocker Justin Vernon of Bon Iver won Best Alternative Music Album for the band's self-titled album and the Foo Fighters won for Best Rock Song with "Walk," Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance with "White Limo" and Best Rock Album with "Wasting Light." That brings their tally to four awards thus far on the night (they won earlier for Best Longform Music video).

Taylor Swift won for Best Country Solo Performance with "Mean."

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The late singer's parents were brought on stage by Tony Bennett, who won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Winehouse.

Adele has won another award, this time for Best Pop Vocal Album for 21.

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@ TheGRAMMYs : Congratulations to Best Rap Album winner @KanyeWest "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" #GRAMMYs

West also won for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song for "All Of The Lights" (with Rihanna).

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