Nicki Minaj arriving at the 2012 Grammys
We were all anxious to see what the 2012 Grammys would have in store after we heard of the tragic, shocking death of one of music’s greatest legends, Whitney Houston. But as many of her peers suggested, Whitney would have wanted the show to go on. While there was a bit of a dark overtone to the Grammys, it wasn’t without proper celebration and must-see moments.
From Nicki Minaj’s pope sidekick to Katy Perry debuting her new single (and burning her old flame to the ground) to Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl sticking up for old-time rock and roll, the 2012 Grammys had more than a few moments to remember. Take a look at the most-talked-about moments from the show below, and be sure to check out all of MTV’s 2012 Grammy coverage for more information, a complete winners list and video highlights from the show.
+ Nicki Minaj arrived wearing that red thing with someone dressed like the pope: Definitely a daring move on the night after Whitney Houston passed away. I know they don’t have anything to do with one another, but that kind of showy ostentation is usually frowned upon after such a tragic event.
+ Kelly Clarkson’s continued reign of Supreme Flawlessness: The woman does no wrong, let’s just face facts. Her performance of “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean was like, perfection. Objective perfection.
Get more of the craziest and best moments from the 2012 Grammys after the jump.
Rihanna performing “We Found Love” at the 2012 Grammys
+ Rihanna’s “We Found Love” laser rave party: Before her duet with Coldplay, Rihanna busted out her hit “We Found Love” and invited us all to her ’90s-style rave spectacular. Homegirl KILLED it. Also, leather booty shorts? Ordering some.
+ Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl’s acceptance speech: LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT. “It shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important. … It’s not about being perfect … it’s not about what goes on in a computer.” BOOM, truth bomb.
+ The Beach Boys. Period: The Beach Boys, Foster The People and Maroon 5 singing classic Beach Boys jams together on one stage? Perfect example of how an idea can both be insane and excellent at the same time.
+ Whitney Houston’s legacy lives on: Whitney Houston’s impact and influence was felt throughout the somber night. From the multiple mentions to Jennifer Hudson’s moving performance of “I Will Always Love You,” it’s clear the music industry and everyone who considers themselves part of it owes a lot to the pop icon.
+ Taylor Swift’s “Mean” bluegrass performance: Joined by a band you should really be listening to, The Civil Wars, it was banjos and fiddles and peasant dresses, oh my! Taylor told her haters to go eff themselves in the twee-est way possible.
+ Katy Perry’s new song, “Part Of Me”: Katy Perry looks like she’s starting her new single life with a brand-new energy. Her performance was crazy high-octane. No literally — she set an ice sculpture on fire.
+ Nicki Minaj was a little miffed about Bon Iver taking home Best New Artist: Are we the only ones who thought Nicki looked a tad bit sad when they didn’t say her name for Best New Artist? Not trying to start a beef, y’all, just an observation! Nicki, why u mad?
+ Adele’s triumphant return to the stage after her throat surgery: Umm, can we please talk about Adele’s completely flaw-free performance of “Rolling In The Deep”? On a day when we’re mourning the loss of Whitney Houston, let’s be thankful for the mega talents we’re lucky enough to still be able to enjoy, like Adele.
+ Everyone turned into deadmau5: Leading EDM DJ deadmau5 somehow convinced civilians to don that crazy mouse head of his. The result: A really cool panoramic shot, plus possible obstructed vision.
+ Lady Gaga didn’t win any Grammys: I’m pretty shocked! Born This Way seemed inescapable last year, with single after single dominating the charts. But Lady Gaga’s name wasn’t called at all. Sorry, little monsters.
+ Nicki Minaj exorcised Roman: From her red carpet appearance to her performance, Nicki was clearly exorcising some demons. Her frenetic rendition of “Roman Holiday” had everyone running for cover.
Adele won everything ever at the 2012 Grammys.
+ Adele won everything ever, was the cutest acceptance speech giver and snotted on stage: If you don’t like Adele, there’s something wrong with you. Not only did the British songstress take home every award she was nominated for (!!!), but she chewed gum on live TV and apologized for snotting while crying during her acceptance speech. SHE IS A FLAWLESS BEAUTY SONGBIRD.
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