Although overshadowed by Whitney Houston’s death, the evening of The Grammys still rocked. Fans and the music industry broke into a thundering applause as English singer Adele became the star of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the ceremony started with a tearful tribute to singer Whitney Houston, who died on Saturday, by singer-actor Jennifer Hudson.
Adele, who made her first public appearance since her throat surgery last year, swept all trophies in the six categories that she was nominated in. “Thank you so much. This is ridiculous,” she cried on stage. In her trademark stiff upper lip accent, she said, “Mum, girl did good... It’s been this life changing year.” She also became the only singer to get a standing ovation twice in the same evening at the Grammy’s.
“God bless Adele. She has this soulful voice that gives me goosebumps,” said a fan, Dan Duke, who had come just to watch the “music’s comeback kid” all the way from Tennessee.
The other big winner of the night was alternative rock band, Foo Fighters, with four wins. The band struck the right chord with its fans when it chose to perform live outside the Staples and not inside during the gala, that aired live in India on Vh1 early Monday morning.
Pop singer Katy Perry, sporting a cropped blue mane, hit it hard on stage in her first performance after her split with Russell Brand. Former lovers Chris Brown and Rihanna also burnt the stage, though in separate performances.
Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra also attended the ceremony wearing a white Gauri-Nainika gown,though she wasn’t seen anywhere on the red carpet.
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