February 12th, 2012
08:01 PM ET
In comparison to Lady Gaga's egg arrival at last year's show, this year's Grammy Awards feel like they're going to be much more tame.
Whitney Houston's shocking death has created a modest tone for this year's Grammy Awards, but the show must go on - and it'll include a tribute to the legend, as well.
Jennifer Hudson is expected to perform, as well as Chris Brown, Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, and The Beach Boys. Have you tuned in to CBS? Stick around and watch the show with us.
11:27 p.m.: As Paul McCartney sings us out, a bit of a recap: Adele did a clean sweep, picking up all six of the Grammys she was nominated for. What did you think of the show? There weren't many surprises on our end, but we want to hear from you. And whose performances were the best in your book? Any memorable moments? Thanks for watching with us!
11:22 p.m.: As predicted, Adele snags album of the year as well. Hugs all around and a few tears as she accepts the award. "This record was inspired by something really normal, everyone's gone through it, which is a rubbish relationship," she says. There's nothing more refreshing than a real, talented artist showing heartfelt gratitude.
11:19 p.m.: Speaking of looking amazing: Diana Ross!
11:13 p.m.: Adele picks up record of the year for "Rolling in the Deep." And we agree with those of you who've said she looks amazing tonight - we're loving the hair!
11:11 p.m.: The Grammys appears to explain the Etta James omission from the memorial segment via Twitter: "Re: Etta James tribute was by Bonnie Raitt &
11:07 p.m.: Nicki Minaj clearly makes Drake proud. That intro was adorable though. And, leave it to Ms. Minaj to bring the theatrics - Barbies, enjoying it?
10:57 p.m.: How are you enjoying this tribute to dance/electronica? We went from Guetta, Brown and Weezy to Foo Fighters and deadmau5. Our vote? One of the more enjoyable sets for sure.
10:54 p.m.: Best R&B album Grammy winner Chris Brown is performing once again, and David Guetta is holding down the turntables, looking like he's having the time of his life. We also see Lil Wayne has moved on from those jeggings to pajama pants...
10:45 p.m.: Classic performance. Well done, J Hud!
10:42 p.m.: Jennifer Hudson takes the stage to sing her tribute to Whitney Houston. Get the tissues ready... You can see the emotion on her face as she does "I Will Always Love You." A standing O for her control during this performance, truly a top-notch singer.
10:35 p.m.: Still hanging in there? We don't have far to go, now that Bon Iver has picked up the best new artist Grammy.
10:23 p.m.: And now, after The Band Perry and Blake Shelton, for the man himself : Glen Campbell. He told us on the red carpet that he was a little nervous for this performance, but you wouldn't know it watching him now. All together: "Like a rhinestone cowboy..."
10:10 p.m.: OK, not sure she was totally ready for that comeback - she didn't seem to be singing with as much power as usual, but c'mon, she had throat surgery not long ago. The audience gives her major love regardless.
10:05 p.m.: Adele time! Are we the only ones worried about her voice? Hope she's totally recuperated and ready to go. We need those pipes, Adele! (Also: Called that she was going to sing "Rolling in the Deep," but we hope she surprises us and does another cut from "21.")
9:59 p.m.: Guess we won't get to see Taylor Swift's "OMG, I won?!?!?" face for this one: Best country album goes to Lady Antebellum.
9:55 p.m.: Interesting that Katy Perry went with "E.T." to open her Grammys set. Wouldn't have been our top song choice, but she quickly moved into "Part of Me." If Adele sings "Rolling in the Deep," she'd be in good company for spurned lover songs.
9:52 p.m.: Really, could the song of the year Grammy have gone to anyone else BUT Adele? "Rolling in the Deep" was played seemingly without ceasing in 2011.
9:41 p.m.: The Civil Wars did a fantastic open for Taylor Swift (who's won two Grammys for this track, "Mean," by the way).
9:39 p.m.: Chris Brown takes the Grammy for best R&B album! He gets a standing O from many in the audience. Acceptance speech: "I gotta thank God for this opportunity, and for the Grammys giving me this opportunity. I'm nervous, I don't know what to say." He also thanks his fans, Team Breezy, whom we guess he unbuttoned all those buttons on his shirt for...
9:32 p.m.: Love that Stevie Wonder just gave us a (mini) impromptu performance. Grammys, give him a piano and a mic, please. Paul McCartney's up!
9:23 p.m.: Fifty years later, and the Beach Boys are still at it. #Respect.
9:20 p.m.: At least one of you has raised the red flag of lip syncing during tonight's show, but Adam Levine is giving "Surfer Girl" all he's got in this Beach Boys reunion performance, and Mark Foster on "Wouldn't It Be Nice" isn't doing half bad, either. It's impossible to not start dancing to that track.
9:16 p.m.: Dave Grohl says, "Rather than use the fanciest computers you can buy, we made ['Walk'] in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine," and he thanks the track's producer. Lesson? "The human element of making music is what's most important," Grohl tells us. "Learning your craft."
9:15 p.m.: After that cute, yet awkward, introduction, we now know the winner of best rock performance Grammy: The Foo Fighters for "Walk"! That makes five awards out of a possible six for the band.
9:04 p.m.: After another shout-out to Whitney Houston, Rihanna was joined by Chris Martin and the rest of Coldplay for "Princess of China." Coldplay faced some criticism for using Ri Ri on the track, but Martin said in the band's defense, "at this point, [Coldplay has] nothing to lose" when it comes to trying new things.
8:56 p.m.: So, is LL Cool J keeping the same hat all night? What happened to host costume changes? But moving on: A now-blonde Rihanna is singing "We Found Love." Coldplay should be making an appearance any moment now...
8:47 p.m.: Foo Fighters, who've taken the stage, are cleaning up at the Grammys. They've snagged four, including the best rock album Grammy for "Wasting Light." We're not gonna lie - we wish we were rocking out in the audience, too right now!
8:42 p.m.: In case you're curious, a quick zoom in on Kelly Clarkson's wrist tattoo reveals that it says "Love Them More" next to an image of a cross. What'd you think of her performance with Jason Aldean?
8:39 p.m.: The best rap performance Grammy went to Kanye West and Jay-Z for "Otis" (anyone surprised? We can't say we are...), but neither of them were there to pick it up. (Where are you, Yeezy?) Up next: Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, fresh off her solid national anthem performance.
8:30 p.m.: Chris Brown takes the stage early on in the show with a dance-heavy performance of "Turn Up the Music" and "Beautiful People." Any guesses on what those backup dancers are supposed to be? One thing's for sure: The guy can dance.
8:25 p.m.: And now for the best pop solo performance category - talk about stacked competition. The Grammy goes to....Adele's "Someone Like You"! In her acceptance speech, Adele says, "Since it's a vocal performance, I should find my doctors I suppose, for bringing my voice back." Adore her sense of humor! This is the singer's third Grammy of the night, just three more to go. Do you think she'll sweep it?
8:23 p.m.: Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt take the stage to sing Etta James' classic, "A Sunday Kind of Love," with Keys on the keys (of course) and Raitt on the guitar. Great collaboration.
8:15 p.m.: "Runaway Baby" is easily one of our fave songs off "Doo-Wops and Hooligans." We're not sure how much we love Bruno Mars' gold jacket and bow tie combo, but we definitely heart him and his nod to James Brown with his performance.
8:12 p.m.: The Recording Academy did a solid job in picking LL Cool J to lead us through this night, we think. That was a pro move of segueing from honoring Whitney to Bruno Mars' performance. What do you think?
8:10 p.m.: The crowd gives the clip of Whitney singing "I Will Always Love You" a standing O. LL then calls out Adele - who looks fantastic, albeit shocked that he singled her out - Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood. He promises that this night will be full of dancing, singing, and healing - oh, and music.
8:08 p.m.: LL Cool J opens the show saying, "There's no way around this, we've had a death in our family. The only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer, for a woman we loved, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston." The prayer was brief, but a nice way to acknowledge what's on everyone's minds.
8:05 p.m.: The applause is thundering from the audience! What'd you think of that opening set?
8:02 p.m.: And we're kicking off the night with a performance from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band, starting with his new track "We Take Care of Our Own."
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