07:21 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 02/13/2012 11:10AM
Three months after having throat surgery for a hemorrhaged vocal chord, Adele made a triumphant return at Sunday's Grammy Awards, winning six trophies, including album of the year, and performing publicly for the first time since her health scare.
For the British singer, 23, it was clearly a night of relief as well as joy. "Mum, I love you. I'm so sorry you're not here," she said through sobs in accepting the album of the year award.
Her album, 21, was "inspired by something that is really normal and everyone's been through it, which is a rubbish relationship," she added.
Originally posted 02/13/2012 09:00AM
Ray J was supposed to be celebrating his sister Brandy's birthday Saturday night. Then he heard the news about Whitney Houston.
An extremely close friend of the singer's, Ray J (real name: William Ray Norwood Jr.), 31, broke down and cried at Ne-Yo and Compound Entertainment's annual Midnight Brunch in Los Angeles. The pre-Grammy Awards party, presented by Malibu Red, had become an impromptu tribute to Houston.
Ray J and Brandy, 33, arrived around 1:50 a.m. and immediately went to their table. Then, Ray J, with his sunglasses on and his hood up, "couldn't hold it together," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "He was sobbing."
Originally posted 02/13/2012 08:00AM
It was the ultimate concert.
Grammy-watchers enjoyed a front row-seat view as the music industry's biggest voices celebrated music's biggest night Sunday on the stage of Los Angeles's Staples Center.
And while Adele, the night's top honoree, wowed with a perfect-pitch performance of her award-winning anthem "Rolling in the Deep," and Katy Perry brought the fire with her new tune – not to mention Jennifer Hudson's heartfelt tribute to the late Whitney Houston – several other show-stopping moments took place throughout the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
Originally posted 02/12/2012 09:00PM
She's rolling in the Grammys!
Adele went six for six, collecting all of the awards for which she was nominated – including top honors for album, record and song of the year – at Sunday's 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
As she tearfully accepted album of the year for 21, the British singer, 23, professed her gratitude. "It's been the most life-changing year," she said, wiping her eyes.
Originally posted 02/12/2012 08:25PM
It was a fitting way to honor the memory of Whitney Houston.
On a darkened stage – where Houston had performed on many times before – in front of an audience of artists who call her an unforgettable influence, on music's biggest night, the late R&B superstar was remembered with one of her most memorable hits, sung by Jennifer Hudson.
Hudson's poised, powerful and understated reading of the song brought audience members gathered at Los Angeles's Staples Center for Sunday's 54th Annual Grammy Awards to their feet Sunday night.
Originally posted 02/12/2012 10:45PM
Talk about bringing the heat!
Katy Perry, who has already sung about fireworks and sunny California, took a fiery turn on stage inside the L.A.'s Staples Center during the Grammy Awards Sunday night with her new song, "Part of Me."
The singer, 27, who signed her divorce papers last week, first launched into her hit "E.T." while green beams lit the stage.
But then the stage blacked out, as a blue-haired Perry emerged in a leather-like, silver and gold body suit – a different look than the dazzling gown she walked the red carpet in earlier – to perform her new tune while flames shot up around the stage.
Originally posted 02/12/2012 10:30PM
The voice hasn't gone anywhere.
Adele proved that right away during her performance at Sunday's Grammy Awards, where the British singer, and four-time winner, belted the opening notes of her hit "Rolling in the Deep" a capella.
Soon, though, the singer's band kicked in, adding some musical fire. Grinning throughout her song, and backed by a line of dancing backup singers and bright white lights, Adele received a standing ovation after she finished singing. The camera lingered as she smiled and soaked up the applause.
Originally posted 02/12/2012 08:00PM
Nicki Minaj probably prayed for a Grammy win today – but will she be praying for forgiveness tomorrow?
The best new artist nominee – who's known to shock and go all out on the red carpet – arrived at Sunday's Grammy Awards in an embellished, nun-like red satin robe, complete with hood – and a man dressed as the Pope on her arm.
It's a surprisingly demure look for the R&B star, who usually sports crazy makeup, wild wigs and lots of colorful accessories.
Originally posted 02/12/2012 03:05PM
Originally posted 02/12/2012 06:50PM
Grammy Awards host LL Cool J spoke on the red carpet Sunday about how he and producers of the show will honor the legacy of Whitney Houston on music's biggest night.
The rapper-actor, who is the first host at the Grammys in seven years, said that since learning about Houston's death on Saturday, the focus has been on "how we can be respectful and show her the love and appreciation she deserves and that her life warrants and merits."
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