By David Mohimani and Connor Hughes –
The 54th Grammy’s aired Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The show was headlined with performances by Lil Wayne, Bruce Springstein, Kate Hudson, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and last but certainly not least, Adele.
Adele did a little more than just perform, she took home the most Grammy’s on the night with six including the big three: song, record, and album of the year.
In the history of the Grammy’s, only two performers have ever won more awards in one night then Adele: Michael Jackson and Santana. Only five other performers have won six in one night. That feat puts Adele in some special company.
The British singing sensation was unquestionably the star of the show.
“I love her,” said Penn Manor senior Katie Melrath. “Her voice sounded amazing even after vocal surgery.”
Last November, the 23-year-old pop superstar underwent vocal cord microsurgery to stop recurrent bleeding from a benign polyp, a problem that had caused her to cancel tour dates, Celebrity Circuit reported.
Adele’s story warmed hearts, however an ominous cloud hung over the 54th installment of music’s top honors, the death of Whitney Houston.
Houston passed away Saturday night in her LA hotel room, the cause of death has yet to be determined. Houston was famous for her tumultuous relationship with husband Bobby Brown as well as her continual struggle with addiction. Houston’s death came as a shock especially because she was seen at an LA night club just the night before.
Even with all the turmoil that surrounded Houston’s life, she will undoubtedly be remembered most for her angelic voice.
Kate Hudson gave a moving tribute to the fallen superstar performing Houston’s song “I Will Always Love You.”, many believed that Hudson was holding back tears by the end of the performance. Hudson cited Houston as an inspiration for her career.
Probably the biggest surprise of the night was the Wisconsin-based band Bon Iver, whom took home the award for Best New Artist. They beat out the likes of Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, J. Cole and Skrillex .
Nicki Minaj undoubtedly had the craziest performance of the night. Her extremely odd performance included an excerpt from the “The Exorcist” and a stage show that had her levitating on stage, with a church-like background, with hooded choir members and religious images.
You can never predict what Nicki Minaj will do next, and she always finds a way to shock the viewer. But some students felt that her performance was too far over-the-top.
“She’s replusive and disgusting,” said Penn Manor junior Jordan Williams. “There should be classy people only at the Grammy’s.”
Despite some questionable performances, overall the Grammy’s played out as most typical award shows do some crazy, some sad, some surprising, some snubs, some good, some Gaga (Lady Gaga of course), and a whole lot of talent in one room for a truly special event.