Grammys 2012 – 10 Key Moments

Adele, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver win big at Grammy Awards

1. For the second year running, Mumford And Sons left the Los Angeles ceremony empty-handed, pipped at various posts by Foo Fighters and Adele. It’s not a total ‘they was robbed’ situation, but seeing just how ubiquitous they are in the States, we’re thinking they deserve a little shiny award action. Maybe next year, chaps.

2. Adele can do no wrong. Normally tears at an awards ceremony are a cringey faux pas – seriously, you’re crying because people think you’re great? have some modesty. Adele Adkins though saves herself by loudly exclaiming “oh my god, a bit of snot!” in between her genuine, giddy thank yous.

3.And while we’re on the subject of Adele. We’re all for the subtle yet touching tribute to the late Pat Butcher with those hefty earrings. Meanwhile, here’s her full Album Of The Year acceptance speech:

Hello! First of all, I just want to say: Mum, girl did good! Mum, I love you. I’m so sorry you’re not here.

And I also want to say a big thank you to Rick Rubin, who taught me about quality control. He really taught me about what I wanted to be and made me realize stuff that I didn’t ever think I would. And this record is inspired by something that is really normal and everyone’s been through it, which is a rubbish relationship. And it’s gone on to do things that I can’t tell you how I feel about it, it’s been the most life-changing year.

And I want to thank my record companies, Columbia Records and XL Records and Nick Huggett who signed me in the UK — oh, I’ve got a bit of snot!

And all my band, all my band on my album and in the studio, all my live band, my crew, my friends, my family, my manager Jonathan and Rose, Simon, my mum, everyone. Thank you so much. And all of you lot! Thank you so much!

4. The Beach Boys are certainly not boys anymore, but they’re men enough to not look too miffed when Adam Levine of Maroon 5 tries to steal some of their considerable 50th anniversary thunder. Back off Adam – you might have moves like Jagger, but you’re not a patch on Brian Wilson.

5. Macca looks like a waiter in a French restaurant in that white jacket. Is he going to sing us a song or hand us an overpriced wine list?

6. Kanye West was the highest profile no-show of the ceremony. Grammy winner Taylor Swift was probably happy, at least.

7. The way they keep on trailing a “tribute to Glen Campbell” is a little strange – he’s not dead, people! Something which he goes on to prove with a great slab of old fashioned showmanship. “Thank y’all so much,” he says after an impressive yodel at the end of ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’.

8. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver’s sweetly begrudging acceptance chat is as controversial as this year’s speeches get, as he mutters about not being entirely comfortable with his win. “There’s a lot of talent that’s not here tonight,” he says pointedly. It’s nice to hear him give props to his wee indie label Jagjaguwar, and he admits that his Best New Artist gong is a “sweet hook-up”, so he’s obviously not too put out.

9. Jennifer Hudson’s Whitney Houston tribute is spot on. Rather than some flamboyant, over thought and over wrought production, just having a woman with an impressive set of lungs belt out ‘I Will Always Love You’, with almost as much class as Houston makes for an understated but understanding homage.

10. On the third anniversary of Chris Brown’s vicious beating of Rihanna, is it right to give him not one, but two live spots in the ceremony and pitch his performance as some sort of a ‘comeback’? Not in our books.

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