Highlights from the 2012 Grammy Awards

Whitney Houston's death sent shock waves across the country on the eve of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, thus the music industry's biggest night was one of both celebration and remembrance.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Adele performs onstage at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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LL Cool J was the Grammys first host in seven years. He charmed the audience while sporting a black velvet Giorgio Armani double-breasted evening jacket and his signature newsboy cap. Click to see more moments from the 54th Grammy Awards.
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Whitney Houston, who was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton one day earlier, was honored and remembered throughout the evening.
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An emotional Jennifer Hudson performs "I Will Always Love You" during the In Memoriam portion of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, dedicated to late singer Whitney Houston.
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Another of the show's performance peaks came when Adele, who walked away from the ceremony with six awards, sang for the first time since undergoing throat surgery months earlier.
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Nicki Minaj's elaborate performance of her new single “Roman Holiday” was a mashup of pyrotechnic tricks and religious imagery that involved speaking in tongues, levitating and an exorcism.
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The Foo Fighters rocked out with a performance of their hit song "Walk." The band emerged as one of the night's biggest winners, nabbing five of the six categories in which they were nominated — just one fewer win than Adele.
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Eight-time Grammy winner Glen Campbell belts out “Rhinestone Cowboy” after being honored with the night's Lifetime Achievement Award. Campbell shocked fans last year when he revealed he has Alzheimer's disease.
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Lady Antebellum took home the award for Best Country Album for "Own the Night."
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Lady Gaga got cozy with Sir Paul McCartney, who performed his new single, "My Valentine" with Diana Krall backing him on the piano.
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In a skin-tight, gold superhero bodysuit, singer Katy Perry performed "E.T." and her new single "Part of Me," a song about a broken relationship.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"NCIS" star Pauley Perrette took the stage with Giants receivers Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham to present the Grammy for Best Rock Performance. Cruz made his mark on the musical night by doing his signature salsa dance.
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Singer Rihanna performed "We Found Love," followed up by an acoustic duet rendition of "Princess of China" with Coldplay's Chris Martin.
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Kelly Clarkson and country crooner Jason Aldean perform their hit song "Don't You Want to Stay."
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Deadmau5 performed at the 54th annual Grammy Awards during a segment celebrating new dance music.
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Alicia Keys and Bonnie Rait payed tribute to the late Etta James with their performance of "A Sunday Kind of Love."
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Chris Brown attended his first Grammy Awards in three years, performing "Turn Up the Music" and "Beautiful People." Brown is still serving probation for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna shortly before the 2009 Grammys.
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Singer Chris Brown a.k.a. "Breezy" accepted the Grammy for Best R&B Album for “F.A.M.E.” — which stands for “Fans Are My Everything” and “Forgiving All My Enemies.”
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Adele took home the first Grammy of the night for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.” “I need to thank my doctors I suppose, who brought my voice back,” said the singer, who performed for the first time since undergoing vocal chord surgery during the show.
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Bruno Mars gave an energetic performance of “Runaway Baby," and added that he wanted to pay tribute to “beautiful Whitney.”
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Fergie and Marc Anthony presented the Grammy for Best Rap Performance to Jay-Z and Kanye West for "Otis," but neither artist was present to accept.
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Musician/actor Steven Van Zandt and singer Lady Gaga — wearing a custom Versace outfit and fishnet mask — posed together at the 2012 Grammys.
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"The Boss" performed his newest single, "We Take Care of Our Own," before LL Cool J took the stage and led the audience in a prayer for Whitney Houston.
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Fergie and Rihanna win kudos for wearing the most daring dresses of the night.
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Black-Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie wore a racy, lacy orange Jean Paul Gaultier couture gown finished off with Neil Lane jewels, Walter Steiger pumps and a Judith Leiber clutch.
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A blonde Rihanna wore what she called a "simple and sexy and a little bit gangsta" black gown, which she collaborated on with Armani. The pop songstress said the dress was inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer's plunging necklines in "Scarface."
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Adele's much-anticipated Grammy performance was her first public performance since undergoing vocal chord surgery.
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Nicki Minaj — decked out in a red Versace cloak — created a stir on the red carpet alongside her guest, a Pope impersonator.
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Katy Perry, who was nominated for both Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Firework,” dazzled in a sparkling backless Elie Saab gown, pink lips and a blue shock of hair.
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Singer Kelly Rowland was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Motivation” with Little Wayne.
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In addition to presenting an award at the show, Corinne Bailey Rae was nominated for Best R&B Performance for “Is This Love.”
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Rapper Wiz Khalifa posed on the red carpet with his girlfriend, model/artist Amber Rose. The couple dressed color-appropriately given Khalifa was a nominee for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his catchy Pittsburgh anthem “Black and Yellow.”
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Cyndi Lauper attended the 2012 Grammy awards. Lauper won best new artist at the ceremony in 1985 and has been nominated 14 times since without a win.
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Bruno Mars had six nominations this year including one for Album of the Year for "Doo-Wops and Hooligans."
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Esperanza Spalding, who took home the Best New Artist Grammy last year, arrives at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
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Kathy Griffin posed on the carpet with Afrojack, a nominee for Best Remixed Recording for "Collide."
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Alison Krauss — who has more than 20 Grammy wins to her name — appears with Union Station, her collaborators for "Paper Airplane," up for Best Bluegrass Album.
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Taylor Swift stole the spotlight on the red carpet in an embroidered, high-necked Zuhair Murad gown.
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Wearing a gauzy white gown accented with a gold belt and gold embellishments, Paris Hilton gave her signature red-carpet pose.
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British Internet sensations Sophia Grace and Rosie, who performed Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" on Ellen, were invited by the talk show host to be her red-carpet correspondents.
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Television personality Kelly Osbourne hit the red carpet in a floor-length silver gown and matching hair with lavender highlights.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Picture Book" singer Greta Svabo Bech was nominated for Best Dance Recording for her "Raise Your Weapon" collaboration with Deadmau5.
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Tony Bennett on the red carpet. At Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala on Saturday night, Bennett took the occasion of legendary singer Whitney Houston's death to question the U.S. government's drug policy. "First it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now the magnificent Whitney Houston," he began. "I'd like every person in this room to campaign to legalize drugs."
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DJ/producers A-Trak, Diplo and Skrillex — who had seven Grammy nominations between them — arrived on the red carpet.
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Rockers Mumford & Sons received four nominations including Record and Song of the Year for “The Cave.”
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Actress Tia Carrere has been a Grammy nominee multiple times over the last few years in the little-known Best Hawaiian Music Award category.
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Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson arrived at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
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