Feb.12, 2012 marked the day of the 54th Grammy awards. Emotions were at an all time high after coming off of a very dramatic heart-felt weekend. Music has lost one of its biggest voices, Whitney Houston.
The news sparked music’s biggest night. The night became about the lost voice of Whitney Houston and the powerful voice of British songstress Adele.
The sudden death of the pop star on Saturday threatened to overshadow a celebratory occasion. With the help from the host, L.L. Cool J, the presenters and performers were mostly able to pivot between bittersweet emotions.
The hip-hop icon led off the show with a prayer for Houston. He asked the star-studded crowd to join him in a prayer for legendary singer Whitney Houston. “There’s no way around it,” the rapper told the crowd. “We’ve had a death in our family,” he said. “For me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman who we love. For our fallen sister, Whitney Houston.”
Later in the show, Grammy-award winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson also honored the late Houston with her own soaring rendition of I Will Always Love You.
After recovering from surgery in October and subsequent months of vocal rest, Adele overcame her battle with her throat. Following her performance of Rolling in the Deep off of her critically acclaimed debut album 21, Adele won six Grammy Awards, including best song, record and album of the year.
The Foo Fighters made a big showing with five awards. Although Kanye West was a no-show, he picked up four Grammy Awards, including best rap album.
Performance highlights included Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Rihanna alongside Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys’ tribute in memoriam of music icon Etta James.
The Grammys also had its disappointments which included the absence of the remembrance of Soul Train founder Don Cornelius. Nicki Minaj performed a controversial performance of her latest single Roman Holiday. Those who tuned in for her performance experienced a wave of emotion ranging from confusion to amusement to just plain anger. There was fire and a man dressed like the Pope, an exorcism and then Minaj levitated. Many viewers were troubled on what to think and turned the channel.
However, the 54th annual Grammy Awards posted the highest ratings for Music’s biggest night since 1984 with nearly 40 million viewers, according to preliminary results from Nielsen. This proved to be a huge night even with nomination dissappointments and snubs. The night came together after all.