British singer Adele enjoyed a big night at the Grammy Awards winning every category she was nominated in – including Album of the Year, Pop Vocal Album, Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
The night also saw music icon Whitney Houston remembered through a tribute from Jennifer Hudson, who performed “I Will Always Love You,” and an opening prayer from host LL Cool J.
The 23-year-old Adele also delivered one of the evening’s best performances as she took the stage to sing her Song of the Year winning “Rolling in the Deep.” It was the first performance from the singer since she had surgery on her vocal chords.
Accepting her awards for ’21,’ Adele thanked her mom, producer Rick Rubin and credited the album’s creation on a “rubbish relationship.” She also gave thanks to her doctors for saving her voice.
Other performances included Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Rihanna, Paul McCartney and a duet with Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson. The evening also featured a reunion of the Beach Boys and a tribute to country star Glen Campbell.
Rapper Kanye West took home four awards including Best Rap Album for 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' and Rap Song for his single 'All of the Lights.' Rockers Foo Fighters earned five awards including Best Rock Performance for “Walk” and Rock Album for 'Wasting Light.'
Country sweetheart Taylor Swift took home awards for Solo Performance and Country Song for her single "Mean." Country trio Lady Antebellum’s ‘Own the Night’ took home the award for Country Album with Country Performance by a Duo or Group going to The Civil Wars for 'Barton Hollow.'