Who Gave The Top Performance At The Grammys?


The music industry was all out on show last night at the 54th Grammy Awards. Trent has given us an initial rundown of the essential Whitney Houston tributes throughout the show. There were many amazing, memorable performances last night at the Grammy’s. Some of our fave vocalists and bands received standing ovations from their music peers. Was it the magnificent Adele, or the iconic Paul McCartney? Did you like the Rihanna-Coldplay duo? Who did you think was the best artist of the night? Read on also for a full list of the winners…

A lot of people were talking about the Paul McCartney performance. He is certainly a HUGE musical icon, and was introduced by none other than the legend himself, Stevie Wonder. His rendition of a new love song was beautiful.

We were also all looking forward to the collaboration between Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Rihanna …. Ri performed, then Chris performed, then they came together for a minute or two. I have to say, it was a little underwhelming and for me personally, it never truly came together as one performance. what did you think though? Did I miss something?

One of the more memorable performances, for me, was Maroon 5 teaming up with The Beach Boys. It was so wonderful seeing them back up there all these years later, and Adam Levine did the cover part perfectly and honorably. I also LOVED Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood’s old-world duet of “It Had To Be You.” There is something so gorgeous seeing the classic together with the modern on a night like the Grammy’s…

BUT performance of the night had to go to the goddess, the majestic, Adele… the roaring and long standing ovation she received from her peers was well deserved. She was one of the most anticipated artists of the evening and it was the first time she has performed since her throat surgery back in November. She said, “It’s an absolute honor to be included in such a night and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all.” It was an honor to have you, Adele… what a singer! The young British gal sang her hit, “Rolling in the Deep” which won Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video. Her other chart-topping hit, “Someone Like You,” won Best Pop Solo performance. Adele also took home the award for Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Should the 54th Grammys be renamed The Adele awards?

Watch Adele’s stellar performance from last night and check out the roaring standing ovation she received…

The full list of winners from the night is below…

Song of the Year: Adele and Paul Epworth, “Rolling in the Deep”

Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele, “Someone Like You”

Best Rap Performance: Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Otis”

Best Rock Performance: Foo Fighters, “Walk”

Best R&B Performance: Corinne Bailey Rae, “Is This Love”

Best Dance Recording: Skrillex, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”

Best R&B Album: F.A.M.E., Chris Brown

Best Pop Vocal Album: 21, Adele

VIDEO: See Adele gets standing ovation after performance

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona, “Fool For You”

Best Country Album: Own The Night, Lady Antebellum

Best Comedy Album: Hilarious, Louis C.K.

Best New Artist: Bon Iver

Best Country Solo Performance: Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Best Country Song: Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Record Of The Year: Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”

Album Of The Year: 21, Adele

What do you think of the winners???


  • Meghan

    Adele was awesome!!!!!!! So glad to see her back!

  • Lexifer

    I can’t be the only one underwhelmed by Taylor swift? Kanye west was the best thing that ever happened to that girl.

    • blaqfury

      I agree on so many levels with this…

    • BriK

      She is cute, but God, so boring.

    • Tess

      Completely agree. I don’t feel she’s been deserving of half the awards she’s been given, and I’m sooo over her music.

    • Meghan

      I agree. She is so, so boring.

  • cutitout

    It wasn’t Nikki Minaj…. God bless her. Literally. That was a fail to end all fails. Where were her people? Who co-signed on that? Sad.

  • Trish

    I also thought the Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt tribute to Etta James was fantastic!!

    • @ Trish – Yes, you’re right about that!

    • nat

      I loved those 2 together as well,seemed like both had a personal connection to both the song and the women they were honoring.

    • Krissy

      I agree, Bonnie’s voice was just amazing.

    • Charlotte

      My favourite. BR is an amazing performer and she and AK worked really well together.

  • BriK

    Chris Brown, ugh.

  • Shannon

    I do not like Taylor swift, her “I smell something stinky” face annoys me. And the fact that she’s about to ruin dr seuss’s the lorax for me isn’t helping either!

    • Krissy

      Her “Mean” song is actually quite mean, no? I thought it was pretty silly that she was up there singing about how mean someone else is…and then calls them “pathetic”, etc. in the song.

  • Iheartaustin

    I love Taylor Swift but I don’t think MEAN was the best song off of SPEAK NOW but… Eh, idk! I knew Adele would win everything hands down she is amazing! I hate that the woman beater won a Grammy, total BS! I would have rather the walking prick Kanye to win, but whatever!

  • Krissy

    I thought there were too many people who performed twice (Chris Brown, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, etc.). I think it would have been better to have Nicki Minaj perform with David Guetta, and then just cut the solo Nicki and Chris Brown performances. 3 1/2 hours is just too long for an awards show!

    I was really disappointed they gave Chris Brown so many kudos. Dude not only beat Rhianna, he threw a chair through a window during his “comeback”. He is no where near talented enough to have those things overlooked. I think it sends a horrible message to young girls out there.

    • Lynne

      Yes! Yes! :( This was such a boring Grammy night. I love Paul McCartney as much as anyone else, but he could have done a medley of the songs with ONE performance. As with Chris Brown and the Foo Fighters. They could have used that time to extend Jennifer Hudson’s performance, and um, have other performers!

      And don’t get my started on Chris Brown. Ugh.

      Highlights of the night: Adele SWEEPING! :), her performance, and J. Hud’s performace. Also, enjoyed the Etta James tribute.

    • Dezden

      Agreed on the double performances… that was weird.

      Performances overall were good, but it was a somewhat boring night.


    Nicki Minaj was downright awful; she should be ashamed of herself. It was the worst performance of the night and the worst performance I have seen in a long time. First of all, Nicki is trying too hard to be like Lady GaGa; it’s so painfully obvious. She’s usually a hit or a miss, but what the fuck was that? It was such a waste of time and it was embarrassing to watch. The whole performance was trite, forced, and just brutally horrendous. I may not be the biggest GaGa fan, but at least when GaGa dresses over-the-top, she sells it. Minaj doesn’t. The whole performance was phony, laughable and just cringe-worthy. She needs to take a seat. Also, Adele is amazing and can do no wrong. ; )

  • nicole

    Adele & Chris Brown (yes him) were probably the best of the night. and Taylor and Nicki were just…painfully awful. probably 2 of the worst Grammy performances ever. (that i can remember)

    • nicole

      and i forgot the wonderful Bruno Mars – always love seeing him on stage. so much fun! (hate that he walked away empty handed!)

  • Rizwana

    Adele’s performance was amazing and the ovation she received well deserved. Did anybody besides my husband and then me (via pvr) notice that Rhianna might have been talking on her bluetooth whilst everyone was given her ovation. Oy veh! There were also a couple of women who were panned to and then quickly away from during another ovation. How rude!

    • nicole

      i had to go re watch to see but yes you’re right. she was deffo talkking on her BT. but with her it honestly doesnt surprise me.

  • Veronica

    I hate to be a bit negative, but this is NOT a full list of the winners. There are so many other categories than the ones listed here that deserve acknowledgement and praise. Go here: http://www.grammy.com/nominees for a full list of categories and winners. One of my favorite composers, Eric Whitacre, won a grammy for his album “Light and Gold.” Definitely worth a listen!

    I am very happy about Adele- she made a wonderful comeback last night.

  • Veronica

    Just to change my wording- I didn’t mean that the categories listed here aren’t important, because they certainly are, but I just want to bring attention to the other categories as well which are just as important.

    • Krissy

      I noticed that even though there are TONS of Grammy winners that are instrumental…they never have them perform. If there aren’t lyrics to your music, apparently the Grammys don’t think you are worthy of performing. Boo!

    • Veronica

      Krissy, I SO agree with you!!! I would love to hear the instrumental performances, it would be refreshing to hear these talented musicians. But instrumental music doesn’t make the Top 40, so I guess it’s not of worth to the Grammys.

  • Dana

    I love Whitney to..but wish the Grammy’s were more like the Oscar’s and have a In Memoriam.. Its seems like every year there the Funeral part of the show…also I love the Beach Boy performance but do they have to dust off so many of the Older Stars …Its nice to see the Hit Makers of today perform…Great to see less of Gaga. Now if they could get Taylor to take a LONG VACATION.

  • DJ

    The Grammys used to be a show that highlighted and celebrated ALL kinds of music. In three and a half hours, I think they gave out like what, 8 awards? And then had a barrage of performances that were mostly set up as MTV award show performances. For the most part, they are catering to the “young” mtv crowd and trying to get a viewing audience.

    As for this year’s performances…

    Nicki was a disaster of massive proportions. She’s ridiculously bad.

    I love love love love love the Aldean/Clarkson song but over seeing them do it live – every country award show had them do it the last 6 months. They both have other songs, dang it!

    Bruno was good, but feels like he’s trying too hard.

    Taylor was fine. There was nothing horrible about it, but nothing memorable either. Why she got a standing ovation is beyond comprehension though.

    I love me some Katy Perry, but she was so off last night… not sure about that song either.

    Bruce was solid as always, but again, not a fan of the song. But he always gives his all in a performance and isn’t looking to impress anyone. Was glad to see him there.

    Chris Brown can dance. His songs are somewhat catchy. But watching him lip sync yet AGAIN was a bore.

    Sir Paul… your new song sucks. You should’ve picked a more fun and crowd pleasing closing number.

    JHud was fine especially with only 2 rehearsals.

    Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett… love her, over him.

    Foo Fighters were amazing but didn’t need two numbers. And I do like the David Guetta but DeadMau5 blew his ass away.

    I still like Rihanna even though she is flooding the market with new songs. At least the songs are good. And I really liked how they segued into Coldplay. Kinda wish there was more Princess of China cuz that song is amazing. Paradise is getting old.

    I really liked the Glen Campbell tribute. I know many of the youngins here don’t even know who he is or thought it was boring, but The Band Perry were fantastic and Blake nailed Southern Nights. Loved seeing them all singing Rhinestone Cowboy with Glen himself. And I’m so glad they chose to honor him on the live telecast instead of Diana Ross.

    But really, it all comes down to Adele. Very few people can just stand on a stage and sing and wow the crowd. No dancers, no costumes, no explosions, just talent. Don’t get me wrong, I love a spectacle (hello, going to 4 Madonna concerts) but sometimes, just the singing blows everyone away. Even at the VMAs last year, GaGa’s over the top Joe Crap-derone was just ridiculous. Adele stood there and sang Someone Like You and blew her away. And she did it last night as well. And I maintain that she would’ve gotten the same reaction even if she didn’t have surgery.

  • cinner

    Bruno Mars was good and I really liked the Valentine song Paul McCartney did. Nicki M needs to go away! WTF was that? Horrid, horrid, horrid. Does she not realize that was the Grammys? I will never watch another “performance” of hers. That was just time I will never get back again….

  • Alice

    I was touched by Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney. Her version of “Always Love You” song was amazing =)

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