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While the music community was still coming to grips with the reality of losing another of their own, musical legend Whitney Houston, the 54th GRAMMY Awards went on as scheduled in Los Angeles.

LL Cool J, legendary rapper and respected actor, was the first GRAMMY host in 11 years, and I must say, he did an excellent job. He set the tone for the show with a prayer for Whitney Houston, and while he was professional and articulate, he kept injected a good bit of personality (including his trademark lip-licks).

One of my favorite performances of the night came at the hands of Bruno Mars. His performance of “Runaway Baby” was heavily influenced by James Brown, from the hair to the outfit to the dance moves…it was a trip in retro homage. Check it out:

Chris Brown made his triumphant return to the GRAMMY Stage, twice (The second time as a part of an ensemble that included David Guetta, Deadmau5, and Lil Wayne) His solo performance featured his smash hit, Beautiful People and his new single Turn Up The Music. He kicked it off singing live, then transitioned into a lip-syncing, dance heavy routine that was, in my opinion, pretty good. Not the best or most exciting performance I’ve ever seen him give, (that honor goes to this performance) but still good all the same. Check it out below:

Adele fans were concerned last year to hear that she’d have to cancel the US Leg of her world tour due to hemorrhaging on her vocal chords, an ailment that could have ended her career. Fortunately, doctors were able to fix the situation, and the British soul singer took to the stage and performed the song that would go on to win Record Of The Year: Rolling In The Deep.

Rihanna took the stage to perform her latest smash We Found Love, and then an acoustic performance of Princess of China with Chris Martin of ColdPlay. This is the best performance I’ve ever seen Rihanna give, she sounded pretty good, and looked great. Check it out:

Perhaps the moment that fans were anticipating was the tribute to Whitney Houston. Just 24 hours after her passing, Jennifer Hudson gave a stirring rendition of a song that Whitney made famous, “I Will Always Love You”… It’s a moment that will undoubtedly go down in GRAMMY history. Visibly emotional, Jennifer worked through the record without falter… which was a testament to her professionalism and skill. Watch:

The most jaw dropping/confusing/weird performance honors go to Nicki Minaj who debuted a single called Roman Holiday on the show. The performance featured an attempted “exorcism”  of her alter ego Roman (who happens to be male.) There were sacrifices, levitation and some more that I can not explain. Watch below, if you dare:

Of course the big winner of the night was Adele, who tied Beyonce’s previously set record for most GRAMMY wins in a night with 6. Other notable moments included Tony Bennet’s duet with Carrie Underwood, and the reunion of the Beach Boys. All in all, it will be a night remembered for years to come. What were your favorite moments?

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