Houston death overshadows Adele's big Grammys win

Adele Grammy Awards

British singer wins six awards and the Beach Boys are reunited - but night belongs to the late diva

LAST UPDATED AT 08:45 ON Mon 13 Feb 2012

ADELE was the big winner at last night's Grammy awards, triumphing in all six categories for which she was nominated. But the event was overshadowed by the death of Whitney Houston, whose body was found in her Los Angeles hotel room the previous day.

Adele won album of the year and best pop vocal album for 21, while her song Rolling in the Deep won song of the year, record of the year and best short form music video, the BBC reports.

Accepting the award for best pop solo performance, Adele, whose performance at the Grammys last night was the first since she underwent throat surgery last year, said: "Seeing as it's a vocal performance, I need to thank my doctors, I suppose, who brought my voice back."

The Foo Fighters were the other big winners, taking five awards, including best rock album, best rock song and best rock performance.

But proceedings were overshadowed by news of Whitney Houston's death. Host LL Cool J began by saying, "There is no way around this. We've had a death in our family", before offering "a prayer for a woman who we loved - for our fallen sister".

He went on: "Although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed by her musical spirit."

Mitch Winehouse, accepting a posthumous award for their daughter Amy, said: "Long live Whitney Houston. Long live Amy Winehouse and long live Etta James. There's a beautiful girl band up there."

Jennifer Hudson was on hand to make a musical tribute, singing I will always love you, the Dolly Parton-penned song that Houston made her own, and finishing with the line: "Whitney, we will always love you."

Other live performances came courtesy of Paul McCartney, Katy Perry and Nicky Minaj. Brian Wilson, meanwhile, was reunited with the Beach Boys for the first time in decades - although the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot wondered why they were forced to share the stage with "lightweights" Foster the People and Maroon 5.

Grammys: the key winners

Album of the year: 21 by Adele

Record of the year: Rolling in the deep by Adele

Song of the year: Rolling in the deep by Adele

Best new artist: Bon Iver

Best pop solo performance: Adele

Best pop duo: Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Best dance/electronica album: Scary Monster and Nice Sprites by Skrillex

Best rock song: Walk by Foo Fighters

Best rock album: Wasting light by Foo Fighters

Best alternative music album: Bon Iver by Bon Iver

Best R&B song: Fool for you by Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, Jack Splash

Best R&B album: F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown

Best rap album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West · 

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