The 54th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles being broadcast on CBS. Nominations were announced on November 30, 2011 on prime-time television as part of “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night”, a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.Kanye West received the most nominations with seven. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars each received six nominations. Lil Wayne, Skrillex, and Radiohead all earned five nominations.

A total of 78 awards were presented following the Academy’s decision to restructure the Grammy Award categories. Paul McCartney received the MusiCares Person of the Year award on February 10, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, two nights prior to the Grammy telecast.LL Cool J is set to host the show. It is the first time in seven years that the event will have an official host.

On February 8, 2012, the Academy announced that the 54th Grammy Pre-Telecast Ceremony will stream live internationally. The show took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and was streamed live in its entirety internationally at Grammy’s official website and CBS Television Network. The ceremony was co-hosted by Dave Koz and MC Lyte. A total of 68 awards was presented in the Pre-Telecast ceremony. This year’s official poster is designed by Architect Frank Gehry.

The night before the awards, Whitney Houston died in Los Angeles, and show producers quickly planned a tribute, with Jennifer Hudson performing. The awards show began with a Bruce Springsteen performance followed by a LL Cool J prayer for Whitney Houston. Adele, with six nominations, won all six awards, tying the record for most wins by a female artist in one night with Beyoncé. Foo Fighters and Kanye West followed with earning five and four awards, respectively.

 

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