Grammys 2012 opening overshadowed by Whitney Houston death

The 2012 Grammy Awards on Sunday opened with a somber mood as celebrities spoke on the red carpet about their grief over Whitney Houston‘s death. Normally a night for celebration and revelry, the 54th annual Grammy Awards 2012 will no doubt be most remembered for occurring the night after the death of one of music’s most legendary performers.

Before the official 2012 Grammy Awards broadcast, a large number of awards were handed out in a pre-telecast ceremony to cut down on broadcast time. Betty White won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word album for her book “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t).” Superstar singer/songwriter Adele landed her first two Grammy awards in the pre-telecast, one for Best Short Form Music Video for “Rolling in the Deep” and Best Pop Vocal Album for “21.”

In the pre-telecast, Skrillex took home three awards, including Best Dance Recording and Best Electronic/Dance Album. Kanye West also won three 2012 Grammys, including Best Rap Song for “All of the Lights.” Taylor Swift won two awards for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for “Mean.” Corinne Bailey Rae took the trophy for Best R&B Performance.

Having a smashing night, the Foo Fighters gathered up four awards in the pre-telecast, including Best Rock Album for “Wasting Light” and Best Rock Song for “Walk.” the Civil Wars, who collaborated with Taylor Swift on “The Hunger Games” movie soundtrack song “Safe & Sound,” won awards for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

The official Gramy Awards 2012 evening broadcast kicked off with a performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band of the new single “We Take Care of Our Own.” Even while the Boss took the stage and the crowd rose to its feet, viewers couldn’t shake the somber mood hanging over the festivities.

The sad vibe spiked momentarily as Springsteen innocently called out: “America are you alive out there?!” to rev up the audience. With that normally innocous comment to stir up the crowd, Springsteen reminded us all too poignantly of Houston’s tragic death just the day before.

After Springsteen’s performance, LL Cool J took to the stage to officially open the 54th annual Grammy Awards 2012 with a prayer in honor of Whitney Houston. “Whitney, we will always love you,” Cool J said. A video of Whitney Houston looking beautiful and glowing brought the audience to a standing ovation.

R.I.P. Whitney Houston on this, the biggest night in the music industry. We will miss you.

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