Pop ruled on Music's Biggest Night, which turned out to be one of the more emotional GRAMMY Awards to date. Adele dominated the night with six wins but the untimely passing of Whitney Houston resulted in sobering and reverent moments throughout the telecast.
The 54th annual GRAMMY Awards was an intensely emotional and deeply personal night for a number of reasons. The death of Houston was undoubtedly at the forefront of the minds of many performers and presenters, as some took the opportunity to emphasize the importance of celebrating her accomplishments, which touched millions.
Jennifer Hudson performed a tribute to Houston with a stirring rendition of the singer's classic "I Will Always Love You." Viewers sat up to listen to Hudson's beautiful performance of the song that reminded them of the incredible legacy Houston has left behind for the world to cherish forever.
Adele's performance comeback was another emotional moment during the telecast. After she underwent vocal-cord surgery in late 2011, the entire music community was hoping for a speedy and complete recovery. It was a procedure that was not without risk as scar tissue after the surgery could have changed her vocal tone forever.
But after proper rest and singing rehabilitation, Adele is nearing a full recovery and sounded as strong as ever when she performed a stirring version of her GRAMMY-winning "Rolling In The Deep."
The audience was deeply touched by the performance and gave her a standing ovation. They continued to cheer her on, even after the commercial break set in for viewers at home.
Other emotional moments included Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt's tribute to Etta James, the long-awaited reunion of the Beach Boys and a performance by Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell, who is showing early signs of Alzheimer's disease.
It was nothing short of a spectacular night for Adele, who took GRAMMYs for Record and Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video ("Rolling In The Deep"), Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (21), and Best Pop Solo Performance ("Someone Like You"). In fact, Adele took GRAMMY gold in every category for which she was nominated.
Another emotional moment took place during the Pre-Telecast Ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center when the parents of the late Amy Winehouse came to the podium with Tony Bennett to accept the GRAMMY for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Body & Soul."
Winehouse's mother, Janis Winehouse, said, "This song meant so much to Amy, I'm sure she's overjoyed in heaven with this award." She added, "Amy will be remembered long after we pass, and that's a beautiful thing."
Bennett also received a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Duets II.
The GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Album went to Booker T. Jones for The Road From Memphis. This is Jones' third GRAMMY, following his 2009 win in the same category for Potato Hole.
Even though Adele dominated in the pop categories, other talented pop makers did not go unnoticed. Bruno Mars performed a rocking number during the GRAMMY telecast, invoking memories of James Brown, while Katy Perry showed grit during a winning performance of her new single, "Part Of Me."
With emotions running high during this year's GRAMMY Awards, the telecast proved that the music community can unite as one to celebrate and pay tribute to one of their own using the power of music.