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Adele cleans up & Whitney Houston honoured at the Grammys

British songbird Adele was the big winner at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, taking a total of six trophies home for her work on the album 21.
In addition to winning top prize of the evening, album of the year, she also took home record of the year, song of the year, and best short form music video for the song Rolling in the Deep, and best pop solo performance for the song Someone Like You21 also won for best pop vocal album.

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The Foo Fighters took home five awards, including best rock album for Wasting Light, best rock song and best rock performance for Walk, best hard rock/metal performance for White Limo, and best long form music video for Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.

Folk band Bon Iver won best new alternative  music album for its self titled album, as well as best new artist

Kanye West won a total of four Grammys, one for best rap album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, best rap performance with Jay-Z for Otis, and best rap/song collaboration and best rap song for All of the Lights, which featured Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie.

Although newcomer Skrillex didn’t take away the best new artist prize, the electronic musician took home three Grammys, for best dance/electronica album and best dance recording for Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, and best remixed recording for Cinema.

Other wins included Chris Brown, who won best R&B Album for F.A.M.E. and Lady Antebellum, which took home the prize for best country album for Own the Night.

The late Amy Winehouse also won a Grammy on Sunday, for best pop duo with Tony Bennett, for the song Body and Soul, from Bennett’s album Duets II, which also won for best traditional pop vocal album.

The show had multiple sombre moments as members of the music world paid tribute to Whitney Houston.

“There is no way around this.  We’ve had a death in our family,” said host LL Cool Jay, who started the show at the Staples Center with a prayer for Houston.

Audiences then watched one of her most memorable moments, her 1994 Grammy Awards performance of I Will Always Love You.
“As we were reminded just yesterday, when the truly great artists leave us, their legacy lives on,” said Alicia Keys.
Stevie Wonder also recognized her, saying, “I just want to say to Whitney up in heaven, we all love you Whitney Houston.”

Midway through the three-and-half-hour show, Jennifer Hudson took to the stage to sing a rendition of I Will Always Love You, ending her song with the words, “We Will Always Love You, Whitney.”

Houston died on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton hotel, hours before she was due to attend Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party there.  An autopsy has been performed, but the cause of death has been deferred until toxicology reports are completed.  Houston was 48.