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54th Grammy® Awards Coverage

Welcome to DigitalHit.com's coverage of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards which were handed out on February 12th, 2012. The nominations for the awards were announced at a star-studded concert hosted by LL Cool J on November 30th, 2011.

8:01 PM

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band open up the ceremony with their new single "We Take Care Of Our Own".

8:05 PM

LL Cool J, tonight's host walks out on stage. He starts the show off with a prayer for the late Whitney Houston, who dies the day before the ceremony.

8:07 PM

They show a clip of Houston's Grammy performance of "I Will Always Love You.

8:11 PM

Bruno Mars takes to the stage to perform "Runaway Baby."

8:20 PM

Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys perform "A Sunday Kind Of Love" together to pay tribute to the late Etta James, who died on January 20th.

The two ladies then present Best Pop Solo Performance. And the Grammy goes to Adele for "Someone Like You."

8:25 PM

LL Cool J introduces a performance by Chris Brown.

8:35 PM

Fergie and Marc Anthony present Best Rap Performance. And the Grammy goes to "Otis" by Jay-Z & Kanye West.

8:37 PM

Time for Reba McEntire to stroll out and introduce a performance by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson of "Don't You Wanna Stay".

8:47 PM

Jack Black stands outside the Staple Center to introduce the Foo Fighters performance in a massive tent.

8:56 PM

LL Cool J intros a performance by Rihanna and Coldplay. At points, Rihanna shows off her amazing ability to somehow sing when the mic is nowhere near her mouth...oops.

9:13 PM

New York Giants' Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz join NCIS's Pauley Perrette to present Best Rock Performance. And the Grammy goes to the Foo Fighters for "Walk". Dave Grohl talks about how music should come from the heart and not from a computer, a comment that gets some of the audience on their feet.

9:16 PM

Ryan Seacrest introduces a trubute to the Beach Boys that starts with a performance by Maroon 5, followed by Foster the People, and finally the remaining members of the Beach Boys.

9:31 PM

Stevie Wonder starts playing "Love Me Do" on the harmonica as he pays tribute to Paul McCartney, who plays his new single, "My Valentine." Diana Krall and Joe Walsh join him.

9:36 PM

Common and Taraji P. Henson pay tribute to Gil Scott-Heron before presenting Best R&B Album. And the Grammy goes to Chris Brown for F.A.M.E.. He thanks Team Breezy.

9:38 PM

The Civil Wars tak to the stage. "I'd like to thank all of our opening acts, including that promising young guy from Liverpool," says John Paul White. They introduce Taylor Swift. She sings about yet another guy who's dumped her.

9:50 PM

Neil Patrick Harris presents Song Of The Year. And the Grammy goes to Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth for "Rolling in the Deep."

9:52 PM

LL and Kate Beckinsale introduce a performance by Katy Perry.

9:58 PM

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley present Best Country Album. And the Grammy goes to Own The Night by Lady Antebellum.

10:05 PM

Gwyneth Paltrow, who performed with Cee Lo last year, introduces Adele singing "Rolling in the Deep." She gets a standing ovation, but the cheers from Paul McCartney must be other worldly.

10:16 PM

Taylor Swift introduces the tribute to Glen Campbell featuring The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, and the man himself. At the end as the camera pans to a standing ovation for Glen Campbell, you can see two women tweeting. Sigh.

10:31 PM

Carrie Underwood brings 16-tome Grammy winner Tony Bennett onto the stage. They sing "It Had to Be You."

The then present Best New Artist. And the Grammy goes to Bon Iver. Founder Justin Vernon accepts.

10:36 PM

Neil Portmow, the Recording Academy prez, makes his annual speech. He talks about the importance of music eduaction for children and for the fair compensation of the artists. He then introduces the In Memoriam segment.

10:43 PM

The In Memoriam segment ends with Jennifer Hudson singing "I Will Always Love You."

10:51 PM

LL Cool J and Questlove intro a performance by Chris Brown, David Guetta, Deadmau5 and the Foo Fighters.

11:04 PM

Drake introduces a performance by Nicki Minaj.

11:10 PM

Lady Antebellum presents Record of the Year. And the Grammy goes to "Rolling in the Deep." Adele, producer Paul Epworth and engineers Tom Elmhirst and Mark Rankin accept the award.

11:19 PM

LL Cool J introduces Diana Ross. They present Album of the Year together. And the Grammy goes to Adele's 21.

11:23 PM

The show closes off with Paul McCartney singing Golden Slumbers. He's joined by Joe Walsh, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl.

Thanks for joining us. Here's a list of the winners in all of the Grammy categories:

Record Of The Year

Album Of The Year

Song Of The Year

Best New Artist

Best Pop Solo Performance

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Best Pop Instrumental Album

Best Pop Vocal Album

Best Dance Recording

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Best Rock Performance

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance

Best Rock Song

Best Rock Album

Best Alternative Music Album

Best R&B Performance

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Best R&B Song

Best R&B Album

Best Rap Performance

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Best Rap Song

Best Rap Album

Best Country Solo Performance

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Best Country Song

Best Country Album

Best New Age Album

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Best Gospel Song

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

Best Gospel Album

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Best Latin Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album

Best Regional Mexican Or Tejano Album

Best Banda Or Norteño Album

Best Tropical Latin Album

Best Americana Album

Best Bluegrass Album

Best Blues Album

Best Folk Album

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Best Reggae Album

Best World Music Album

Best Children's Album

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)

Best Comedy Album

Best Musical Theater Album

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Best Instrumental Composition

Best Instrumental Arrangement

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Best Recording Package

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Best Album Notes

Best Historical Album

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Best Surround Sound Album

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Producer Of The Year, Classical

Best Orchestral Performance

Best Opera Recording

Best Choral Performance

Best Small Ensemble Performance

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Best Classical Vocal Solo

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Best Short Form Music Video

Best Long Form Music Video