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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards – Femi Kuti, The African Connection, Winners & Photos



Once again, Nigeria’s very own, Femi Kuti, was eluded by the most coveted award in the music industry today, the Grammy Award. The passionate and politically-oriented artist was nominated in the best world music album category for his “Africa for Africa” album. This is his third Grammy nomination and apparently, it seems the American stars are not in his favour, pun intended. As a result, the award for the category was won by Tinariwen for their album, “Tassili“. Tinariwen is a group of poet-guitarists (who refer to themselves as soul rebels) from the Southern Sahara desert. And, their music is about their people, the Kel Tamashek or ‘Touareg’ of the Southern Sahara desert. We do surely hope that in the more recent future our Nigerian brethren shall be no further snubbed by the Grammys.

The most recently concluded 54th Annual Grammy Awards was far from regular. The Grammy Awards, that are always a big deal, even to the everyday joe on the street, were like no other this year. The Grammys, which are the epitome of prestige, class, success, you name it, in the music industry, for those who don’t know, stand for “Great Recording Artists Making Music“. This year’s event started off quite dramatically. And, with the ever-so-tragic death of an icon, Whitney Houston, (at the age of 48) the day before; rumours spread on the internet like wildfire that the event might be moved. But,  on the contrary, the show went on as planned. Accordingly, a tribute by the thirty year songstress, Jennifer Hudson was performed during the event. She sang an acappella of Whitney Houston’s hit “I Will Always Love You” in a lone spotlight as a video montage of artists and music industry executives who passed away in the last year began. Overcome with emotion, the 30-year old American Idol alum held back her tears during her performance.

Many came to tears during this stunning event as the tensions soared emotions into the air. Adele, the “Rolling in the Deep” songstress broke down in tears as she won a whopping six Grammy Awards that night. She won for record of the year, album of the year; song of the year, best pop solo performance; best pop vocal album and best short form music video. This feat was a record tie with Beyonce; both won six in one night. She also sang her voice out as she did her first performance since her throat surgery during the glamourous event which brought quite a massive standing ovation.

Adele tears up while receiving one of her six Grammy's

Adele's Stunning Performance

Adele cradling her six awards like babies

The stunning event was hosted by musician/actor, LL Cool J who started off the event with prayers for the late great Whitney Houston. Other note worthy performances came from Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift; Coldplay and Rihanna(individually and as a duet); whose stage performances were filled with excitement, eye-catching costumes and aesthetic displays.

The Host, LL Cool J during an opening prayer

Bruno Mars performs his set

Taylor Swift in action

Rihanna surprises no one with her raunchy performance

Rihanna joins Coldplay to perform "Princess of China"

Nicki Minaj's stunning performance premiering her new single "Roman Holiday"

Recently divorced Katy Perry gives a great performance and magnificent display

Katy Perry croons on like she hadn't a trouble in the world

Chris Brown returns to the Grammy's after two years to perform

David Guetta & Chris Brown Wow-ing the audience

Other note worthy award winners include:

Tony Bennett Amy Winehouse (whose parents received the post-humous award for her) for best pop duo/group performance;

Corinne Bailey Rae for Best R&B performance;

Cee-Lo Green & Melanie Fiona for Best Traditional R&B performance;

Chris Brown for Rest R&B album;

Bon Iver for Best New Artist;

Jay-Z & Kanye West for Best Rap Performance;

Kanye West for Best Rap collaboration, Best Rap album and Best Rap Song and finally,

Taylor Swift for Best Country Song & Best Country Solo Performance.

Taylor Swift & Melanie Fiona, each holding their 2 Grammys

As is the norm of the Grammy’s, many guests wooed on the red carpet and their outfits ranged from the elegant to outrageous, from glamourous to “what was she thinking?”. Here is a peak at some of photos from the glamourous event.

Adele in her glam gown

Kelly Rowland

Alicia Keys with her hubby, Swizz Beats


Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose

Singer, Sasha Gradiva in her awe-inspiring ensemble

Katy Perry was all blue for the red carpet

Taylor looking glamorous

Singer, Robyn in her boots...

The Host, LL Cool J

Rihanna brought her dad and brother, Rajad as her dates for the event


Simple dress... simply stunning

Nicki Minaj went "Gaga" with her red riding hood ensemble and someone in a pope outfit

Carrie Underwood looking elegant

Model, Jade in her black mini

Adam Levine and his model girlfriend, Anne V

Mary Mary

Bruno Mars

Kirk Franklin and wife


"Underworld" Actress, Kate Beckinsale in her Grecian-inspired mini

Corinne Bailey Rae

John Legend and fiancee, Chrissy Teigen

Diana Ross and actor son, Evan

J Cole and his date, his mother

Eric Benet and wife, Manuela

Reality TV stars, Ice T and wife, Coco


Lady Gaga poses with Sir. Paul McCartney


Photo Credit: UK Daily Mail | Getty Images


  1. akaysweet

    February 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    lady gaga is really going crazy………

    • e-bukun

      February 15, 2012 at 12:34 am

      going? where have you been…she already been to crazy and parked there

    • diamond

      February 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm


  2. raplica handbbags

    February 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    its nice to see all the stars there,thats so cool that Nigerian here looks great…
    i must want to know when next award ceremony would be held and where???

  3. mary007

    February 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Nikki MINAJ EPIC FAIL!!!

  4. annie

    February 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Adele might not be d slim woman u want her to be or was not the dressed at that event buh damn she is the best talent in d game right now.
    As for nicki immediately i saw u with the pope,i had to sprinkle holy oil arnd my house.Gal with all ur mother gagoo inspired look,u didnt win,perfomance u could not pull off.We are tired of all ur gimmicks,adele stood with her mic and killed her perfomance,she didnt need to fall frm heaven or bring imam or even act film.Na wa o.
    What happened i was rooting for u barbie.

  5. deo

    February 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I honestly do not understand what Nicki Minaj was trying to do with her costume. I think she if finally going gaga.

  6. ?????

    February 15, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Eric Benet’s wife looks like Halle Berry (his ex-wife).

  7. ibukun

    February 15, 2012 at 12:51 am

    loving Kelly and Taylor’s outfits

  8. Chikalaka

    February 15, 2012 at 3:10 am

    The models’ name is Jade ohh!!

  9. Turayo

    February 15, 2012 at 4:30 am

    What concerns Nigeria with the Grammy?? Honestly, get over that thing. Granted many people consider the Grammys the holy grail of music, but I don’t. And especially not with what is churned out nowadays? The first paragraph of this article with the “snub” reeks of some inferiority complex. Let us appreciate our own eh?

    On another note, Kate Beckinsale’s dress is pretty. I had no idea Bruno Mars was short (yay!) John Legend is engaged 🙁 best wishes man. Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose look lovely. And no one trumps Gaga not even Nicky whose outfit could’ve done without the pope. Honestly, I wanted to see a picture of her twirling that outfit.

  10. Obi

    February 15, 2012 at 4:46 am

    O! Ugbo Nkwerre!

  11. mma

    February 15, 2012 at 4:51 am

    the meqaning of gaga is crazy I am happy that adele bit her to it

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  13. Adele's got Talent

    February 15, 2012 at 5:31 am

    As soon as I saw the Nicki Minaj Performance,I changed the channel…..It was just a waste of “Grammy time” made no sense (to me) at least

  14. Lovinit

    February 15, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Nicky Minaj & Lady Gaga…i dnt undrstnd ooo. Kelly Rowland rocks!

  15. Nk

    February 15, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Damn!….. Kelly is *Pretty*
    Love Adele’s songs xxxxx congrats babe.

  16. as i see it

    February 15, 2012 at 7:56 am

    BN readers una no dey sleep.

  17. eesha

    February 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Rihanna’s bro is cute. Nicki u need a cele prayer warrior ASAP.

  18. iTawa

    February 15, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Adele deserved all of her grammys! every track on 21 was just amazing and so was her performance! As for nicki minaj, hmm is all I can say cos dat perf left me…confused! Like WTF am I watching right now??? Overall, dis year’s grammy was just bleh…oh RIP Whitney, I will always love you 🙁

  19. Triangle

    February 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Adele looks like an old woman. Is she really 23? Not hating o

  20. Bolanle

    February 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

    3 Words: Adele Adele and Adele! I doff my hat for her. I am so proud that women with talent are still appreciated in today’s society without putting off their clothes to sell records. And her dress was beautiful, Armani did a good job on that one.

    Again, I do not understand why Ms. Minaj even got a grammy nomination. She is a hot mess!

  21. Tee

    February 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Carrie Underwood………luv u always

  22. mii

    February 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

    jade on mini dress not sade….jade from ANTM

  23. Ginika

    February 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Is Bruno Mars a dwarf or is it the picture? I’m serious with this question.

    • Ginika

      February 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

      I also like the fact that people took family members as their dates.

  24. sunshine

    February 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Nicki Minaj has lost her oomph! Adele deserved every win. Rihanna, stunning barely there ensemble. Anne V…smh

  25. Lue

    February 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Bruno mars is short sha. I love Adele………..she should win all the grammy.
    I dont even know what to say bout Nicki, that thing you pulled is whack plus insulting.
    i love kelly rowland dress. diana is cute with her son

  26. oppsie

    February 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

    what’s the idea behind Fergies dress?dress up in ur underwear?ssshew! cheap attention grabber!

  27. debo

    February 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm


  28. Chica

    February 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I see Alicia Keys and RiRi rocking the same shoe…cool

  29. holuphunmie

    February 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    lady gaga has gone 4rm bin gaga to bin…………………………….. (lend me English coz i dont knw which to use)
    congrat to Adele mmmmttttccchheeewwwww to Nicki

  30. Angry!

    February 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Ewoo! Nicki Minaj :that was so so rude! that’s just the height of insanity! there are just some things you don’t mess with! and this is 1 of them. Haba!

  31. Merciful

    February 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Abeg una giv Nicki Minaj road, na krikri police station dea hungry her. Foolish nwa aba gal. mchewwwwww!!

  32. Ty Mosh

    February 15, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’m still crushing on my Chris Breezy, anytime anyday… Rihanna looks HAWT in that gown sans the hair which i dont care for.

  33. Dee-USA

    February 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    John Legend’s fiancee would be Christine “Chrissy” Teigen. Not Teigan.

  34. Ayo Fashola

    February 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Fergie looked a HOT MESS!

  35. Justsaying

    February 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

  36. kayode

    February 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

    heyyyy,congrat adele i ever see such a talented female music single like dis before,,she reallu need desever those award”am so up press with micki minaj with all such of rubisher she do in” with all this people i really like they outfit,like burno mars’ kelly rowland she luk so beautifully”taylor swift”’melania fiona”’adele she luk”so galmorous”i love them all”am also used dis miss to congrat ”MR FEMI KUTI for the 54th grammy award nominate with the 3th grammy award”keep it up’god bless nigeria share my regard’to kennics music ”baba keke and dayo d1thank you every mush for take nigeria nusic to d next level….god bless u

  37. Nkeiru

    February 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    @Robyn,what was that??!! @Taylor..dazzling! @ Nikki..wardrobe malfunction. @kate bekinsale..u are hot!

  38. Nkeiru

    February 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    @LL Cool J..nothing do you!

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