Adele triumphantly returned to the Grammys stage with a soaring, searing performance of "Rolling in the Deep." Fully recovered from vocal cord surgery, the singer hit every note and won style marks for her elegant black cocktail dress with polka dot accents. At the end of the song, the crowd got up on its feet for a standing ovation as Sir Paul McCartney whooped and hollered his approval for the Grammy winner.
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt followed the prayer in honor of Whitney Houston with another very interesting choice. They dedicated their duet on "A Sunday Kind of Love" as both a tribute to the late blues singer, Etta James, and Houston.
If Bruno Mars is still rocking a pompadour, bow-tie and Ray Bans at the 2013 Grammys, scientists will be forced to use carbon dating to determine when exactly his schtick passed its expiration date. Yes, we admire his zeal and celebratory shout-out to Whitney Houston... but the call for the crowd to "get up off [their] rich asses?" Fatiguing -- and a bit patronizing when you think of all the commercial placement "Just The Way You Are" has gotten over the past year.
And now we all do, too. The two were up against each other for Best Dance/Electronica Album and Deadmau5's idea of Grammy fashion was wearing Skrillex's cell number on his shirt. Skrillex had the last laugh though, taking home three Grammys including Best Dance/Electronica Album.
There was no better performer to pay homage to Whitney Houston than Jennifer Hudson, who idolized the late superstar as a young girl growing up on Chicago's South Side. Hudson, an Oscar winner and celebrated singer in her own right, performed an emotional rendition of Houston's hit, "I Will Always Love You," appearing on the verge of tears. She ended the song with a lyrical switch, singing: "Whitney, we love, we love you."
It may or may not have been about the pop star's ex Russell Brand, but "Part of Me" seems to be at least a little inspired by her breakup (and at least inspiring to others who may hold hard feelings against an ex). Just sayin'.
With Whitney Houston's sudden death, the crowd just needed to have a moment to face it and move on to the rest of the show. LL Cool J's measured approach to the news -- a prayer -- seemed to do the job.
The rapper pulled a Lady Gaga with a bright red cloak gown designed by Donatella Versace. She walked the red carpet, hood raised, while being escorted by a guy dressed either as the Pope or a bishop, making us wonder: is this the result of her new collaboration with Gaga's former creative director?
The cult Swedish pop singer clearly won the award for Worst Dressed for her bizarre, white mullet-inspired skirt that was short in the front and long in the back. Robyn topped off the look with an oversized white blouse and Doc Marten-esque platform boots.
Call it lingering recession sensitivity, but the rationale behind Taylor Swift's Hoover-ville-inspired performance of "Mean" didn't seem to make itself clear during her performance. We would have liked it a lot better if she'd just worn her smart Zuhair Murad mermaid gown.
While detractors will cry foul over the relatively low-profile Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) beating out more mainstream acts like The Band Perry, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole or even Skrillex for best new artist at the Grammys, the real question is why he'd earn the kudos four years after the band's first album.
Fans were shocked to see that Etta James and Don Cornelius were left out of the "In Memoriam" slideshow. But, the Recording Academy argued that there was a performance in the jazz singer's honor and a shout out to the Soul Train creator and host. For some, that wasn't enough.