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Grammy Awards 2012

Zildjian at the 2012 Grammy Awards

Zildjian drummers leave their mark at the 54th Grammy Awards

Once again, all eyes were on Los Angeles last Sunday night as Music’s biggest night, the 2012 Grammy Awards were kicked off by Bruce Springsteen with Max Weinberg on drums. No stranger to the Grammy’s in either performance or awards, Bruce got the crowd to their feet and you could feel the anticipation of what was yet to come! While the mood in the house was both solemn and celebratory, the feeling was that this year’s Grammy Awards had something for everyone.

This year’s show was rife with collaborative performances, carefully chosen and choreographed so that there was never a dull moment. Among the standout collaborations were Coldplay (Will Champion) with Rhianna, Maroon 5 (Matt Flynn) as part of a medley with the Beach Boys (John Cowsill). The Band Perry (Boone Daughdrill) and Blake Shelton (Tracey Broussard) were part of a moving tribute to the legendary and now Lifetime Achievement Award winner Glen Campbell and Harold Jones was seen performing with Tony Bennett as part of a duet with Carrie Underwood.

Known for her amazing, theatrical live performances, Katy Perry (Adam Marcello), once again didn’t disappoint. Smoke, lights, back up dancers and lasers were just part of the visual as she started off with her single “E.T.” then segued into “Part of Me” which had many people wondering if there wasn’t a not so hidden message in the lyrics.

The energy that Foo Fighters, multiple nominees for the evening, brought to the event couldn’t be contained within the walls of the Staples Center so sadly those inside the venue had to be content with watching on giant screens what was happening outside as the band rocked the outdoor stage performing both “Walk” and later in the telecast “Rope”. Dave Grohl would later give one of the more memorable acceptance speeches of the night as he reminded everyone about the importance of the “human element” in making music. Members of the audience nodded, cheered and were on their feet in agreement!

The night belonged to Adele, who won everyone over with her talent and graciousness as she swept all the categories in which she was nominated. Her moving performance was perhaps the most talked about of the evening. As you were making your way out of the venue, you could hear everyone talking about how amazed and impressed they were.

The death of Whitney Houston was talked about by all.. audience members, performers, nominees and winners. The sense of loss of another great Artist before her time was palpable and the feeling was that everyone was turning to music for its healing powers. At the end of it all, a legend was honored Sunday night at Staples Center and maybe another one was made. Only time will tell.

Here’s a complete listing nominees and winners from the Zildjian family of Artists:

Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award:
The Allman Brothers (founding members Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, and percussionist Marc Quinones)

Record of the Year:
“The Cave” Mumford and Sons (Ben Lovett)

“Firework” Katy Perry (Adam Marcello)

Album of the Year:
“Wasting Light” Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins)

Song of the Year:
“The Cave” Mumford and Sons (Ben Lovett)

Best New Artist:
The Band Perry (Boone Daughdrill)

Best Pop Solo Performance:
Firework- Katy Perry (Adam Marcello)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
** WINNER- Body & Soul- Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse (Harold Jones)

Paradise- Coldplay (Will Champion)

Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5 (Matt Flynn)

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
** WINNER- Duets II- Tony Bennett & Various Artists (Harold Jones)

Best Rock Performance:
** WINNER Walk- Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins)

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall- Coldplay (Will Champion)

The Cave- Mumford and Sons (Ben Lovett)

Lotus Flower- Radiohead (Phil Selway)

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:
** WINNER White Limo- Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins)

On the Backs of Angels- Dream Theatre (Mike Mangini)

Blood In My Eyes- Sum 41 (Steve Jocz)

Best Rock Song:
** WINNER Walk- Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins)

The Cave- Mumford and Sons (Ben Lovett)

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall- Coldplay (Will Champion)

Lotus Flower- Radiohead (Phil Selway)

Best Rock Album:
** WINNER Wasting Light- Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins)

Come Around Sundown- Kings of Leon (Nathan Followill)

The Whole Love- Wilco (Glenn Kotche)

Best Alternative Music Album:
The King of Limbs- Radiohead (Phil Selway)

Best R&B Album:
** WINNER F.A.M.E.- Chris Brown (Gerald Heyward)

Best Country Album:
** WINNER Own The Night- Lady Antebellum (Chad Cromwell)

Best Country Solo Performance:
Honey Bee- Blake Shelton (Tracy Broussard)

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
You and Tequila- Kenny Chesney (Sean Paddock)

Best Country Song:
You and Tequila- Kenny Chesney (Sean Paddock)

Best Country Album:
Red River Blue- Blake Shelton (Tracy Broussard)

Here for a Good Time- George Strait (Mike Kennedy)

Best Jazz Vocal Album:
** WINNER The Mosaic Project- Terri Lyne Carrington

The Gate- Kurt Elling (Ulysses Owens Jr.)

American Road- Tierney Sutton (Ray Brinker)

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Bird Songs- Joe Lovano/Us Five (Otis Brown III)

Timeline- Yellow Jackets (Will Kennedy)

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
** WINNER The Good Feeling- Christian McBride Big Band (Ulysses Owens, Jr.)

Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook: Miguel Zenon (Henry Cole)

Best Gospel Album:
Something Big- Mary Mary (Teddy Campbell)

Best Latin, Pop, or Urban Album:
Entren Los Que Quleran- Calle 13 (Henry Cole)

Best Americana Album:
** WINNER Ramble at the Ryman- Levon Helm

Best Blues Album:
** WINNER Revelator- Tedeschi Trucks Band (JJ Johnson)

Best Instrumental Composition:
Falling Men- John Hollenbeck

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist:
On Broadway- Tierney Sutton Band (Ray Brinker)

Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package:
The King of Limbs- Radiohead (Phil Selway)

Best Short Form Music Video:
Lotus Flower- Radiohead (Phil Selway)

Best Long Form Music Video:
** WINNER Back and Forth- Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins)

Tallhina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon (Nathan Followill)

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