Adele, Foo Fighters the big winners at 54th Grammy Awards

Foo Fighters display a united front on arrival at the 54th Grammy Awards ceremony
Foo Fighters display a united front on arrival at the 54th Grammy Awards ceremony (Image credit: Frank Trapper/Corbis)

With the showbiz community in Los Angeles still reeling from the death of Whitney Houston, the 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, held last night at the Staples Center in Downtown LA, was inevitably tinged with sadness.

"There is no way around this, we've had a death in our family," said host LL Cool J before leading a prayer in Houston's honour and getting proceedings underway.

British singer Adele scooped six awards in total, including Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year for Rolling in The Deep, and Album Of The Year for 21.

21 producer Paul Epworth was named Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical for his work with Adele, Foster The People and Cee Lo Green.

Foo Fighters were the big stars across the rock categories, winning five out of the six Grammys that they were nominated for, including Best Rock Album for Wasting Light and Best Rock Song for Walk.

Amy Winehouse received a posthumous award in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category for her collaboration with Tony Bennett, while Bon Iver beat off stiff competition to win both Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album.

The night's most-nominated artist, Kanye West, failed to attend the ceremony, but won four honours including Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Best Rap Performance (shared with Jay-Z) for Otis.

Although he missed out on the award for Best New Artist, Skrillex still went home with three Grammys for Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.

Read the full list of nominees and winners at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Chris Vinnicombe worked with us here on the MusicRadar team from the site's initial launch way back in 2007, and also contributed to Guitarist magazine as Features Editor until 2014, as well as Total Guitar magazine, amongst others. These days he can be found at Gibson Guitars, where he is editor-in-chief.