2012 Grammy Awards: And the winners are…

Grammys 2012 winners

It was a clean sweep for Adele at the 54th annual Grammy Awards!

The British soul-pop phenomenon triumphed in her return to music’s stage, grabbing six Grammys and winning every category in which she was nominated, including album of the year for 21.

Adele thanked her doctors “who brought my voice back” as she accepted one of the six gilded gramophone statuettes. The 23-year-old from North London, who had vocal cord surgery in the fall, showed no signs of wavering during her performance of her smash hit “Rolling In The Deep” at the packed Staples Centers in Los Angeles.

The Foo Fighters were big winners as well, nabbing five Grammys, including best rock album for Wasting Light, best hard rock/metal performance for “White Limo” and best rock song for “Walk”. Kanye West, who was a no-show at the event (which seemed quite bizarre considering he had seven nominations), received four awards. Bon Iver won best alternative album and best new artist, while Chris Brown celebrated a grand victory when he accepted the best R&B album for F.A.M.E.

But nobody had a more unenviable task last night than Jennifer Hudson. With a very short notice she was tasked with honoring her idol, Whitney Houston, by delivering an emotional and powerful rendition of the pop icon’s signature hit, “I Will Always Love You.”

Here’s the full list of winners at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

Album of the year: Adele’s 21

Record of the year: Adele’s Rolling the Deep

Best pop solo performance: Adele’s Someone Like You

Best rap performance: Otis, by Kanye West and Jay-Z

Best rock performance: Foo Fighters’ Walk

R&B album: Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E.

Song of the year: Adele’s Rolling in the Deep

Country album: Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night

Best new artist: Bon Iver

Winners from the pre-broadcast awards gala, earlier Sunday:

Short-form music video: Adele’s Rolling in the Deep

Long-form music video: Foo Fighters’ Back and Forth

Hard rock/metal performance: Foo Fighters’ White Limo

Rock song: Foo Fighters’ Walk

Rock Album: Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light

Recording package: Caroline Robert’s Scenes from The Suburbs, for Arcade Fire

Rap performance: Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Otis

Pop duo/group performance: Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse’s Body and Soul

Pop instrumental album: Booker T. Jones’ The Road from Memphis

Dance recording: Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

Dance/electronica album: Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

Traditional pop vocal album: Tony Bennett and various artists’ Duets II

Alternative music album: Bon Iver’s Bon Iver

R&B performance: Corinne Bailey Rae’s Is This Love

Traditional R&B performance: Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona’s Fool for You

R&B song: Cee Lo Green and Co.’s Fool for You

Rap/sung collaboration: Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie’s All of the Lights

Rap song: All of the Lights

Rap album: Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Country solo performance: Taylor Swift’s Mean

Country song: Taylor Swift’s Mean

Country duo/group performance: The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow

Folk album: The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow

New age album: Pet Metheny’s What’s It All About

Improvised jazz solo: Chick Corea’s 500 Miles High

Jazz vocal album: Terri Lyne Carrington and various artists’ The Mosaic Project

Jazz instrumental: Corea, Clarke and White’s Forever

Large jazz ensemble: Christian McBride Big Band’s The Good Feeling

Gospel/contemporary Christian music performance: Le’Andria Johnson’s Jesus

Gospel song: Kirk Franklin’s Hello Fear

Contemporary Christian music song: Laura Story’s Blessings

Gospel album: Kirk Franklin’s Hello Fear

Contemporary Christian music album: Chris Tomlin’s And If Our God Is For Us…

Latin pop, rock or urban album: Mana’s Drama Y Luz

Regional Mexican or Tejano album: Pepe Aguilar’s Bicentenario

Bands or Norteno album: Los Tigres Del Norte’s Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends

Tropical Latin album: Cachao’s The Last Mambo

Americana album: Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman

Bluegrass album: Alison Krauss and Union Station’s Paper Airplane

Blues album: Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator

Regional roots music album: Rebirth Brass Band’s Rebirth of New Orleans

Reggae album: Stephen Marley’s Revelatino Pt. 1: The Root of Life

World music album: Tinariwen’s Tassili

Children’s album: All About Bullies… Big & Small

Spoken world album (includes poetry, audio books and story telling): Betty White’s If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)

Comedy album: Louis C.K.’s Hilarious

Musical theatre album: The Book of Mormom

Compilation soundtrack for visual media: Boardwalk Empire: Vol. 1

Score soundtrack for visual media: Alexandre Desplat’s The King’s Speech

Song written for visual media: I See the Light (from Tangled)

Instrumental composition: Bela Fleck and Howard Levy’s Life in Eleven

Instrumental arrangement: Gordon Goodwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

Instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist: Jorge Calandrelli’s Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me), for Tony Bennett and Queen Latifah

Boxed or special limited edition package: Dave Bett and Michelle Holme’s The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story

Album notes: Hear Me Howling: Blues, Ballads & Beyond as recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s

Historical album: Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition)

Engineered album, non-classical: Alison Krauss and Union Station’s Paper Airplane

Producer of the year, non-classical: Paul Epworth

Remixed recording, non-classical: Cinema (Skrillex Remix)

Surround sound album: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)

Engineered album, classical: Aldridge: Elmer Gantry

Producer of the year, classical: Judith Sherman

Orchestral performance: Brahms, Symphony No. 4 by Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel

Opera recording: Adams: Doctor Atomic

Choral performance: Light & Gold – Eric Whitacre, conductor (Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King’s Singers, Laudibus, Pavão Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers)

Small-ensemble performance: Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music from Slide

Classical instrumental solo: Schwantner: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra by Christopher Lamb, Giancarlo Guerrero conducts Nashville Symphony

Classical vocal solo: Joyce DiDonato with Kazushi Ono and Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon with Choeur de l’Opera National de Lyon for Diva Divo

Contemporary classical composition: Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s Elmer Gantry