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2012 Grammy Award Winners!

Adele sweeps the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

Last night at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, the best singer and the best overall musician of 2011 swept all major categories, including “Album of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Record of the Year.” The British sensation, Adele, becomes just one of only two female artists in history to receive all six major music category wins. The Grammy Awards are notorious for not rewarding the most successful or popular artist with major wins, instead giving bizarre wins to artists who not only failed to make an impact on the charts but who barely anyone has even heard of. It was nice to see such a deserving artist make a clean sweep of the show. There is nothing wrong in awarding the underdog, but when it’s so clearly obvious that one individual artist has single-handedly enraptured not just the nation, but the world, with the power of her vocal instrument, it would be an injustice not to hand that artist all possible wins. If Whitney Houston and Adele have proven anything this year, it’s that big voices, not auto-tune singers, can still reign supreme on music’s biggest night. Adele was not the only benefactor from last night’s awards ceremony.  Check out the entire list of winners right here:

Album of the Year
21, Jim Abbiss, Adele, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T. Smith, Ryan Tedder & Dan Wilson, producers; Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Fidelman, Dan Parry, Steve Price, Mark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T. Smith & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer

Record of the Year
“Rolling In The Deep,” Adele

Best New Artist
Bon Iver

Best Country Album
Own The Night, Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year
“Rolling In The Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

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

Best Rock Performance
“Walk,” Foo Fighters

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

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Someone Like You,” Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Instrumental Album
The Road from Memphis, Booker T. Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album
21, Adele

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

Best Dance/Electronica Album
“Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

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

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
“White Limo,” Foo Fighters

Best Rock Song
“Walk,” Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album
Wasting Light, Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

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

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

Best R&B Song
“Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, Jack Splash

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“All Of The Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Song
“All Of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West

Best Rap Album
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance
“Mean,” Taylor Swift

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Best Country Song
“Mean,” Taylor Swift

Best New Age Album
What’s It All About, Pat Metheny

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“500 Miles High,” Chick Corea

Best Jazz Vocal Album
The Mosaic Project, Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Forever, Corea, Clarke & White

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
The Good Feeling, Christian McBride Big Band

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music
“Jesus,” Le’Andria Johnson

Best Gospel Song
“Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
“Blessings,” Laura Story

Best Gospel Album
Hello Fear, Kirk Franklin

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
And If Our God Is For Us…, Chris Tomlin

Best Latin Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album
Drama Y Luz, Maná

Best Regional Mexian Or Tejano Album
Bicentenario, Pepe Aguilar

Best Banda Or Norteno Album
Los Tigres Del Norte And Friends, Los Tigres Del Norte

Best Tropical Latin Album
The Last Mambo

Best Americana Album
Ramble At the Ryman

Best Bluegrass Album
Paper Airplane, Alison Krauss & Union Station

Best Blues Album
Revelator, Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album
The Civil Wars

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Rebirth of New Orleans

Best Raggae Album
Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life

Best World Music Album
Tassili, Tinariwen

Best Children’s Album
All About Bullies… Big And Small

Best Spoken Word Album
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t), Betty White

Best Comedy Album
Hilarious, Louis C.K.

Best Musical Theater Album
The Book of Mormon, Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells; Anne Garefino, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Trey Parker, Scott Rudin & Matt Stone, producers; Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, composers/lyricists

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1, Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat

Best Song Written For Visual Media
“I See The Light (From Tangled),” Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, songwriters (Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi)

Best Instrumental Composition
“Live In Eleven,” Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)

Best Instrumental Arrangement
“Rhapsody In Blue,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
“Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah)

Best Recording Package
Scenes From the Suburbs, Caroline Robert, art director (Arcade Fire)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge of Town Story, Dave Bett & Michelle Holme, art directors (Bruce Springsteen)

Best Album Notes
Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By the San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s, Adam Machado, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album
Band On the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection — Deluxe Edition), Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers (Paul McCartney & Wings)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Paper Airplane, Neal Cappellino & Mike Shipley, engineers; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer (Alison Krauss & Union Station)

Producer Of the Year, Non-Classical
Paul Epworth

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
“Cinema (Skrillex Remix),” Sonny Moore, remixer (Benny Benassi)

Best Surround Sound Album
Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition), Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Bill Levenson & Elliot Scheiner, surround producers (Derek & The Dominos)

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Aldridge: Elmer Gantry, Byeong-Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)

Producer Of the Year, Classical
Judith Sherman

Best Orchestral Performance
“Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Best Opera Recording
“Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor; Meredith Arwady, Sasha Cooke, Richard Paul Fink, Gerald Finley, Thomas Glenn & Eric Owens; Jay David Saks, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

Best Choral Performance
“Light & Gold,” Eric Whitacre, conductor (Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King’s Singers, Laudibus, Pavão Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers)

Best Small Ensemble Performance
“Mackey: Lonely Motel — Music From Slide,” Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird

Best Classical instrument Solo
“Schwantner: Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra,” Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony)

Best Classical Vocal Solo
“Diva Divo,” Joyce DiDonato (Kazushi Ono; Orchestre De L’Opéra National De Lyon; Choeur De L’Opéra National De Lyon)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
“Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Best Short Form Music Video
“Rolling In The Deep,” Adele; Sam Brown, video director; Hannah Chandler, video producer

Best Long Form Music Video
“Foo Fighters: Back And Forth,” Foo Fighters; James Moll, video director; James Moll & Nigel Sinclair, video producers

Grammy Trustees Award
Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs, and Rudy Van Gelder

And that is it for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards! Did your favorites win any awards tonight? As far as predictions go, I think I did pretty well. I only missed the “Best Group/Pop Duo Performance” award, but I did mention that Bennett and Winehouse could possibly get a posthumous acknowledgement.  They did indeed. Please share your thoughts and opinions below in the comments section!

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Written by Joseph Braverman

My name is Joseph Braverman. I am 31 years old and a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media. I love watching and analyzing films and television shows. I live in Los Angeles, CA, enmeshing myself in the movie industry scene in any way possible. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @JBAwardsCircuit.

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