Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”+ More: Best Performances of the 2012 Grammy Awards
From Adele’s show-stopping “Rolling in the Deep” to the finale to end all finales, this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony was chalk full of fabulous performances!
As much as it pains me to say it, movie awards shows can get kind of… well, boring. But you know which awards show is never, ever boring, under any circumstances? The Grammy Awards. Case in point: Last night’s Grammys were jam packed with awesome performances from everyone from Bruno Mars to the Beach Boys, and man, are they worth watching! Miss the show? Watched it and want to relive it? We’ve got you covered! In no particular order, here are the 9 best performances from the 2012 Grammy Awards. Get ready to rock!
1. Bruce Springsteen’s Explosive Opening Act
Bruce Springsteen wants you to step back from the guacamole dip. He wants you to put the chicken fingers down. And he wants you to turn your television ALL the way up. And when Bruce Springsteen asks you to do these things? You do them.
2. Bruno Mars, “Runaway Baby”
No question about it: The man knows how to perform. Bruno Mars’ high octane performance of “Runaway Baby” was like watching Motown on steroids, and it was spectacular. Whether you win or lose, it’s all about celebrating music—and Bruno totally gets that. Rock on, Bruno. Rock on.
3. Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Her performance was so phenomenal that it prompted a standing ovation. And the audiences at the Grammys? Well, let’s just say that they won’t give you a standing ovation unless you really, REALLY deserve it.
4. Jennifer Hudson’s Emotional Tribute to Whitney Houston
“I Will Always Love You.” This one speaks for itself.
5. Katy Perry’s Hair, “Part of Me”
Newly-divorced Katy Perry is bouncing back from the drama with former husband Russell Brand—and with a song about a failed relationship, no less. But as good as it was to see her performing again, let’s be honest: It was really her hair that stole the show. Because that’s what Katy Perry’s hair does.
6. Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt’s Tribute to Etta James
A stripped-down performance of “A Sunday Kind of Love” paid tribute perfectly to another great voice recently lost.
7. The Beach Boys (With a Little Help from Adam Levine)
Is anyone else impressed with how great these guys still sound even after all these years? Their voices are as clear as always. Classic.
8. Nicki Minaj, “The Exorcism of Roman”
Epic. Weird. Totally Nicki Minaj. We expect nothing less.
9. Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Joe Walsh – ALL AT ONCE.
All four of these guys onstage at one time? I don’t know about you, Bettys, but my brain just about exploded when that happened. “Golden Slumbers” moved into “Carry That Weight,” which segued into “In the End” before finishing up with “There Is a Way Home.” A fitting finale? I think so!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.