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  • 54th Annual Grammy Awards
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Bon Iver

It’s the 2012 Grammys! The Stereogum crew is over at my house, there may or may not be pizza and beer involved, and on the off chance you are experiencing something similar at yours, we have decided to put up a post for us all to congregate and talk shit about Adam Levine. This year’s proceedings will be steeped in bittersweet reminiscence for the glorious career of the the late, great, Whitney Houston, but there is obviously plenty of room for the well-timed Skrillex joke. Although, Skrillex is probably having a better time than any of us: the wub-step crown prince has socked away three Grammys already, which is more Grammys than any of us have won (yet). Other winners from the pre-televised portion of the evening include Kanye, who’s also taken three (Best Rap Album and both Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “All Of The Lights”); Bon Iver’s Bon Iver (Best Alternative Album); Tinariwen for Tassili (Best World Music Album); and Foo Fighters with three (for Best Rock Album, Rock Song, and Hard/Rock Metal Performance). And for the Videogum contingent, Louis C.K. took home a statue for Best Comedy Album (Hilarious). Nice! And now, it’s time to watch a whole bunch of other people that we mostly don’t care about win things. Yeah! We’ll continue our dialogue in the comments — see you down there.

UPDATE: Winners in major categories…

  • Album of the Year: “21,” Adele

  • Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

  • Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

  • New Artist: Bon Iver

  • Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele

  • Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

  • Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele

  • Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

  • Rock Album: “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

  • Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

  • R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash

  • R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown

  • Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

  • Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West

  • Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

  • Country Vocal Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

  • Country Performance by a Duo or Group: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

  • Country Album: “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

  • Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album: “Drama y Luz,” Mana

  • Jazz Vocal Album: “The Mosaic Project,” Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists

  • Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor

  • Traditional Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

  • Dance Recording: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

  • Dance/Electronica Album: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

  • Alternative Music Album: “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

  • Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t),” Betty White
Full winners list here. And some performances…

Bruce Springsteen

The Beach Boys (w/ Maroon 5, Foster The People)


Glen Campbell

Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Foo Fighters, Deadmau5

Nicki Minaj

Paul McCartney (w/ Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh)

Bon Iver’s Acceptance Speech

Comments (293)
  1. I’m not even convinced that Brian’s mic is on right now. Such a shame. His voice has been getting stronger again in the past year or two live.

  2. OMG The Beach Boys.

  3. Everyone but THE BEACH BOYS please exit that stage. That means you too Mr. Levine!

  4. Still not the same without Carl and Denny. Adam Levine and a bunch of anonymous guys in Hawaiian shirts are no substitute.

  5. “Where’s the exit?” ~Brian Wilson

  6. Pet Sounds is my jam.

    On a side note, the fuck is up with this Bing shit, Stereogum?

  7. Good thing about Adam Levine’s performance: what he’s wearing and his hair. Bad: everything else.

  8. Man…. those minutes spent having Foster the People and Adam Levine and those other dudes play could’ve been used to let the actual Beach Boys perform…

    Now I just hope the damn show pays respect to Gil Scott Heron.

  9. Sorry Mars, I’m with Odd Future on this one.

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  11. Stevie did a great job reading that teleprompter.

  12. Everyone seems to hate McCartney’s new album, this performance isn’t bad. Tame, yes, but at least his voice is holding up well.

  13. There’s a few too many people performing tonight that are too old to be performing.

  14. Love Sir Paul.

  15. Have you ever seen Stevie Wonder’s house?

    It’s rather regal with touches of Victorian architecture.

  16. Chris Brown wins a Grammy and The Weeknd wasn’t even nominated. Are you kidding me?

  17. “You’re welcome Chris Brown. I love you.” — God

  18. i didn’t realize johnny depp was such a good singer

  19. Beer Break Time

  20. T. Swift is gonna save the day…

  21. This Taylor Swift performance is way better on mute with the new Burial EP in the background.

  22. Still not a fan of her music, but she was looking good with those braids and the Little House on the Prarie dress.

  23. I’m not watching, but I’m praying for a kanye interruption tonight.

  24. taylor was literally playing a guitar disguised as a banjo.

    • Haha, at first I couldn’t tell if I should be outraged about that. I decided not to be. At least she plays guitar.

    • lots of credible musicians play six string banjos.

    • i should be clear–i don’t think that detracts from her artistic merit, or whatever. i could care less about that. It probably wasn’t even her decision to play it. I had never heard of a 6-string banjo before, but it was pretty clear that she was playing it like one plays a guitar, ie. strumming chords. And it was just kind of funny that whoever staged that thing decided to give her one of those instead of a guitar to complete that ridiculous rustic vibe they had going on.

  25. Taylor Swift, can’t believing it since 2006.

  26. Paul Epworth on the Grammys!!!

  27. I feel like Rolling in the Deep could become the new “Crazy” in a couple years once we’re not sick of it anymore.

  28. Every award acceptance needs to be like Adele’s.


  30. Someone should make a GIF of Adele’s acceptance laugh.

  31. Who did Katy Perry’s hair needs to be fired. Tragic.

  32. Dammit. George Strait 4 Lyf!

  33. ‘good on ya’ Katie P for singing live vs Chrissy Brown…and Bruno hernandez McAnnoying pompadour person guy:)



  35. oh good, Chris brown’s cousin’s won for must squeaky assholes

  36. all right! finally the performance that the grammy’s have told me that i’ve been waiting for.

    • Yeah Adele killen it.

      I still think an Adele / Jamie xx collabo would’ve been epic and also slide in some extra Gil Scott Heron dedication compliments of Jamie.

      Clearly I shouldn’t plan the Grammys

  37. Looking forward to the Grammy award for “Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package”

    • Best Newspaper Inspired By An Album

    • haha, joking with the 50 “!”s? they always toss RH a bone, i’m still laughing about bon iver having a problem with not playing…RH didn’t play during OKC mania in 98, i think they wanted to force them to do a collab. with Bowie, as they do with almost every ‘new’ act to them.

  38. Thought no one bother anymore but ya guys can still tell who won the Grammy and who performed and who got this weird wardrobe…..

  39. This is how you ruin a good (not great) song, play it over and over again.

  40. Katy Perry, Rihanna and Taylor Swift should be greatful they didnt have to follow Adele.

  41. the grammy’s sure do love their tributes.

  42. Chaka Kan being screwed by the dead one, she must be feeling bad right now!!!!

  43. Shit Yeah Rhinestone Cowboy

  44. glen campbell is killing it!

  45. So what are yall up to?

  46. No glen campbell – beach boys reunion?

  47. Would be sad if a Bon Iver win over the other nominees for best new artist is considered an upset.

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    • yeah yeah NEVER critique a legend blah blahhh. you can deny it all you want, but that whole thing was like he refused to rehearse and wandered out there for the first on air. hence all the odd hiccups during the song, but oh well, at least the old fans loved it. (especially Sir Paul and his stand up and clap/kinda dance partner)

  49. I still like Radiohead’s version of Rhinestone cowboy better.
    That’s a cowboy hat.

  50. Another great choice after Arcade Fire!

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