|54th Annual Grammy Awards|
|Date||February 12, 2012|
1:00–3:30 p.m. PST (Pre-Telecast Ceremony)
5:00–8:30 p.m. PST (54th Grammy Awards)
|Location||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Hosted by||LL Cool J|
|Most awards||Adele (6)|
|Most nominations||Kanye West (7)|
|Viewership||40 million viewers|
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles being broadcast on CBS. LL Cool J hosted the show. It was the first time in seven years that the event had an official host.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. The nominations were criticised by many music journalists as Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy missed out on a nomination for Album of the Year despite being highly critically acclaimed and topping many end of year charts. West's album went on to win Best Rap Album.
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The following performed:
| Bruce Springsteen |
The E Street Band
|"We Take Care of Our Own"|
|Bruno Mars||"Runaway Baby"|
| Alicia Keys |
|Tribute to Etta James |
"A Sunday Kind of Love"
|Chris Brown||"Turn Up the Music"|
| Jason Aldean |
|"Don't You Wanna Stay"|
| Rihanna |
|"We Found Love"|
"Princess of China"
| Maroon 5 |
Foster the People
The Beach Boys
|Celebrating the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary|
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
| Paul McCartney |
|The Civil Wars||"Barton Hollow"|
"Part of Me"
|Adele||"Rolling in the Deep"|
| The Band Perry |
|Homage to Glen Campbell |
"Gentle on My Mind"
| Tony Bennett |
|"It Had to Be You"|
|Jennifer Hudson||Tribute to Whitney Houston |
"I Will Always Love You"
|"I Can Only Imagine"|
"Raise Your Weapon"
|Nicki Minaj||"Roman's Revenge" (Intro)|
Abe Laboriel Jr.
"Carry That Weight"
The winners per category were:
Aldridge: Elmer Gantry
"Brahms: Symphony No. 4"
"Adams: Doctor Atomic"
"Light & Gold"
"Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music from Slide" – Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird
"Schwantner: Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra"
"Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry" – Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein
The following artists received multiple nominations:
The following artists received multiple awards:
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