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Grammys 2012: Highlights of Music’s Biggest Night

From Adele’s triumphant return to Jennifer Hudson’s touching tribute, all the best moments

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LL Cool J pays tribute to Whitney Houston during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs during the the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson perform during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Adam Levine and The Beach Boys

Adam Levine performs with Brian Wilson, Mike Love and David Marks of The Beach Boys during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Foster the People

Foster the People play a tribute to The Beach Boys during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Adele Takes The Stage

Adele performs for the first time since her recent throat surgery at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Tribute to Whitney Houston

Jennifer Hudson pays tribute to Whitney Houston in a moving performance onstage at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Glen Campbell Tribute

The Band Perry pays tribute to Glen Campbell at the Staples Center during the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Album of the Year

Adele cries as she accepts her Grammy for Album of the Year at the Staples Center during the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Bon Iver

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver accepts the award for Best Alternative Music Album from Brian Joseph during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Skrillex

Skrillex accepts the award for Best Remixed Recording for "Cinema" at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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The Foo Fighters and Butch Vig

The Foo Fighters and producer Butch Vig accept an award during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Adele

Adele reacts after winning her first award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Mitch And Janis Winehouse And Tony Bennett

Mitch and Janis Winehouse pose with Tony Bennett during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Rihanna and Katy Perry

Rihanna and Katy Perry get cozy in the audience at The 54th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett receives an award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae attends the 54th Annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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The Civil Wars

Recording Academy Chairperson of the Board George Flanigan poses with Joy Williams and John Paul White of the Civil Wars at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast held at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett attend the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj attend the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Adele’s Emotional Reaction

Adele reacts to winning the award for Best Album of The Year in the audience at The 54th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12th, 2012.

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Best Rap Performance

Chris Brown accepts the award for 'Best Rap Performance' at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12th, 2012.

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Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl

Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl perform together at The 54th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012.

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Jam Session

Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh, Rusty Anderson and Paul McCartney perform onstage at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on February 12th, 2012.

Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh

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Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh

Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh hang backstage after their performance at The 54th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12th, 2012.

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