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Adele sings 'Rolling in the Deep' at Grammys in first performance since surgery

Up until the untimely passing of Whitney Houston on Saturday night, the biggest narrative going into Sunday night’s Grammy Awards was the return of Adele. What would she sing? How would she sound? And would her night end triumphantly with a clean awards sweep?

She certainly answered 66% of those questions when she walked onto the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and knocked “Rolling in the Deep” out of the ballpark. Though she has admitted to suffering from performance-related anxiety in the past, she showed no signs of wavering during an exquisite performance that fell a little short of her memorable turn at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards but still instantly became a signature television moment.

Adele’s big night began during an extensive interview conducted for 60 Minutes by Anderson Cooper. READ FULL STORY

The Beach Boys make their return on the Grammy stage with Maroon 5 and Foster the People

It’s been a while since they were in the sun together, but the Beach Boys are back, and they did it on the biggest stage music has to offer.

The long-estranged quintet graced the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a run through some of their biggest hits, which also happen to be some of the most iconic songs in rock history. They didn’t have to do it alone, either; Maroon 5 and Foster the People joined them to both collaborate and pay homage.

Maroon 5 kicked it off with a faithful rendition of “Surfer Girl.” They seemed to struggle a bit with the song’s complex harmonies in the beginning, though by the end they managed to find a groove. Frontman Adam Levine seemed genuinely jazzed to be performing a Beach Boys song.

Levine threw to Foster the People, making their Grammy debut with a run through “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Already a breezy California combo themselves, Foster the People seemed a bit more comfortable with their song than Maroon 5, though frontman Mark Foster had a hard time shaking off his natural jittery charisma, which didn’t service the song all that well. Still, it was faithful and sweet.

Finally, the Boys themselves ripped into “Good Vibrations.” Though the group can hardly be called “Boys” any more, they still managed to capture the youthful exuberance of the song. Eventually, Levine and Foster joined in, creating a surprisingly on-point multi-part harmony that did the song and the reunion proud.

What did you think of the return of the Beach Boys? Send your vibrations (be they good or bad) into the comments.

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Adele dominated the 54th annual Grammy Awards, sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated, including Album of the Year for 21 and Song and Record of the Year for her massive hit “Rolling in the Deep.” She also brought the audience to its feet with a powerful performance of that signature song, her first time singing before an audience since having vocal surgery late last year.

Sunday’s other big Grammy winners included the Foo Fighters, who cleaned up in the rock categories, grabbing awards for Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Long Form Music Video, and Best Rock Album. And Kanye West dominated the hip-hop categories, winning Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “All of the Lights,” and Best Rap Album for his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He also picked up Best Rap Performance for “Otis,” a single off Watch the Throne, the Jay-Z-Kanye West collaboration album.

But the night wasn’t all about celebration. Coming the day after news of Whitney Houston’s death, this year’s Grammys were also a solemn affair, with host LL Cool J opening the night with a prayer in Houston’s honor and Jennifer Hudson closing the In Memoriam segment with a run through “I Will Always Love You,” the Dolly Parton song that Houston made into a worldwide smash on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard.

The full list of winners below.

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Whitney Houston mourned at Clive Davis' Grammys party, Tony Bennett calls for legalization of drugs

Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party was an unusually somber affair this year. Following news of Whitney Houston‘s death, Davis announced to a crowd of guests Saturday that the singer would have wanted the ceremony to go on. Said Davis on Saturday, according to People: “Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight … She loved music and loved this night that celebrated music.”

The gala’s guests also commemorated the singer, with Alicia Keys dedicating “No One” to Houston and Tony Bennett singing “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” Said Bennett, who insisted that the government legalize drugs following some high-profile deaths, “First Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, and now Whitney.” Diddy attempted to brighten the mood by remembering the best about Houston: “Whenever you saw Whitney, she hit you with that beautiful smile … If we truly believe in God, then we should celebrate the life of Whitney Houston tonight.”

Some celebrities didn’t even make it to Davis’ party after hearing news of Houston — Sharon Osbourne, for one, tweeted that she would not attend because she couldn’t celebrate “when one of the greatest voices ever is dead.”

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Adele explains her surgery, laments her inability to curse for two months in '60 Minutes' preview: Watch it here

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The big narrative going into this Sunday’s Grammy Awards is the return of Adele. Her slated performance marks a comeback from throat surgery and a disappearance from the public eye while her album and singles have continued to dominate charts around the world.

This Sunday, CBS’ 60 Minutes will lead into the Grammys telecast with an interview of Adele conducted by Anderson Cooper (last year in this same slot, he took on Lady Gaga).

In the first preview clip posted on the CBS News website, Adele walks Cooper through the surgery (which involved lasers) and her recovery period, which required her to be on vocal rest for the better part of two months. She communicated via pad and paper, as well as a series of phone apps that spoke for her.

The multiple apps were necessary, she said, because certain words simply had to get through. “The great thing is I love to swear,” she explained to Cooper. “Most of [the apps] you can’t swear on, but I found this one app where you can swear, so I’m still really getting my point across.”

Check out the clip below. READ FULL STORY

Beach Boys added to the Grammys, which now features 957 performers and will last four years

The Grammys really want you to watch their show on Sunday. And they’re doing it by throwing as many performers as humanly possible onstage — many of them at the same time.

This afternoon, the producers announced that the long-dormant, recently reconstituted surviving members of the Beach Boys — Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks — would be making their return to the stage at the show for their first performance together in roughly two decades.

In a confounding bit of casting, they’ll join “Pumped Up Kicks” hitmakers Foster the People and “Moves Like Jagger” juggernaut Maroon 5 for a never-before, never-again collaboration that has the potential to be both a blissfully memorable celebration of great music or a complete and utter train wreck. (On a side note: This is totally the performance the Grammys wanted Bon Iver to be a part of, right?)

Also on the Grammys performance roster this year? The Civil Wars, Maceo Parker, Diana Krall, and Joe Walsh. For those of you keeping track, the current performance lineup looks like this: Adele; Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood; Glen Campbell, the Band Perry, and Blake Shelton; Coldplay and Rihanna; Foo Fighters, deadmau5, David Guetta, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne in a tribute to dance music; Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt paying homage to Etta James; Bruno Mars; Paul McCartney; Nicki Minaj; Katy Perry; Bruce Springsteen; and Taylor Swift.

It was unclear whether or not the Civil Wars, Parker, Krall, and Walsh would be performing together (though that quartet doesn’t make any sense at all, for what it’s worth), but even if they are, that’s a conservative grand total of 15 performances over the course of Sunday night’s show. Last year’s version of the Grammys featured 17, and there’s still time for some surprises.

Adele’s performance is undoubtedly the most hotly anticipated and the most important, as it will be the first time the world has heard her since her vocal cord surgery. But the biggest headline-grabbers from last year were the tributes and collaborations, so let’s dive into those, shall we? READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown to perform at the Grammys

Chris Brown will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards, the event where his career almost ended three years ago.

Brown assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009 and is serving five years of probation for the felony attack. A source told The Associated Press on Monday that Brown will hit the stage at Sunday’s show. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because Brown’s performance has not been officially announced.

After his attack on Rihanna, Brown’s reputation plummeted. But he has since bounced back, releasing multiple mixtapes and the multi-hit album, “F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies).” It’s nominated for three Grammys.

Rihanna will also perform at the show. She’s up for four awards.

Brown and Rihanna were supposed to perform at the 2009 Grammys.

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Bon Iver says 'No, thank you' to performing at the Grammys, with expletives

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Justin Vernon of Bon Iver had a pretty remarkable 2011, what with the attention for his self-titled album, his work with Kanye West, and his sudden demand as a collaborator and producer. He’s up for a handful of Grammys next Sunday, February 12, and may just walk away with some gold, but you will not see him onstage with a guitar.

The conversation certainly happened, though it broke down in apparently spectacular fashion. Billboard  spoke to Vernon last night (he’s in New York for a performance on Saturday Night Live this weekend), and he laid out the story in rather verbose terms.

“We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn’t play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else,” Vernon told the magazine. “And we just felt like it was such a large stage — we’re getting nominated for this record that we made. Me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our f—ing friends and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said ‘f— you’ a little bit, and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.”

Vernon didn’t divulge who the Grammy producers wanted him to collaborate with, but he did not that they were “awesome people.” “But you know what? F—in’ rock n’ roll should not be decided by people that have that job,” Vernon added. “Rock n’ roll should be the f—ing people with guitars around their backs.”

So while Vernon will not be joining the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, and Nicki Minaj on the Grammys stage, who are the “awesome people” the producers wanted Vernon to tag-team with for a song or two? Leave your guesses, conspiracy theories, and wild accusations in the comments.

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New Grammys promo finally reveals something Taylor Swift isn't good at

Unless something in her life eventually goes horribly awry, it is unlikely that Taylor Swift will ever release a rap album.

Still, should the day ever come when she parlays her tag-team with T-Pain, her collaboration with T.I., and her acoustic take on “Lose Yourself” into a full-fledged hip-hop diva career, she should probably leave the beatboxing up to the professionals.

In a just-released promo for the Grammy Awards (which air next Sunday, Feb. 12), host LL Cool J and performer-nominee Swift are hanging out around a huge novelty award — you know, like they always do.

LL busts into some old-school beatboxing, but when Swift jumps in to add some mouth scratches and throat samples, things get goofy pretty fast (which, to her credit, she clearly realizes). Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Adele confirms Grammys performance, her first since throat surgery

Sorry, England: The good old U.S. of A. gets Adele back first.

Two weeks ago, the chart-busting singer announced that she would be making her triumphant return to the stage at the Brit Awards. That all changed this morning when the confirmation came that Adele would in fact be performing at the Grammys, making that appearance her first on stage since she took time off for career-threatening throat surgery nearly six months ago.

“I’m immensely proud to have been asked to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards,” Adele said in a press release sent out this morning. “It’s an absolute honor to be included in such a night, and for it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all.”

There’s no word on what she’ll be performing, but she has a trio of songs that have reached the top of the Hot 100 at her disposal. READ FULL STORY

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