Adele dominated the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, taking home six trophies and triumphantly returning to the stage to perform for the first time since having throat surgery.
Close on the Brit songstress’ heels were the Foo Fighters, who swept the rock categories with five wins, including Best Rock Album for Wasting Light. The Foos recorded the album in frontman Dave Grohl’s garage using analog production.
“To me, this award means a lot because it shows the human element of making music is most important,” said Grohl. “Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about sounding absolutely correct. It’s not about what goes on in a computer. It is about what goes on in here (pointing to his heart), and it is about what goes on in here (pointing to his mind).”
Although the end of Grohl’s acceptance speech was mostly drowned out by the award show’s cutoff tactics, his final “long live rock and roll” cry resonated loudly.
The 54th annual awards show opened with one of rock’s legendary performers as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took the stage to play their newest single “We Take Care of Our Own.” Springsteen returned to close out the show with Paul McCartney, trading guitar solos with the former Beatle, Grohl, Joe Walsh, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray during an Abbey Road medley.
Other performances from the evening …
Bruno Mars performed “Runaway Baby.”
Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Rihanna partially performed their Mylo Xyloto collaboration “Princess of China” before the UK band launched into their song “Paradise.”
Maroon 5 and Foster the People paid tribute to the Beach Boys with covers of “Surfer Girl” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” before joining the newly reunited band for “Good Vibrations.”
Katy Perry debuted new song “Part of Me.”
Jennifer Hudson gave an elegant and emotional performance of “I Will Always Love You” to honor Whitney Houston, who died at age 48 on Saturday.
The Band Perry and Blake Shelton took part in tribute to Glen Campbell, who joined the artists to close out the number with “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Watch the performance here.