Adele wins six Grammy awards


Adele won six Grammy awards, sweeping the major categories of song, record and album of the year, on a night the music industry mourned the loss of singer Whitney Houston.

Adele's 21 was named album of the year, and Rolling in the Deep won song and record of the year at the 54th Grammy Awards last night from Los Angeles.

Foo Fighters won five awards including best rock album, and Kanye West took home four including best rap album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Houston's death at 48 on February 11th in Beverly Hills, California, sent a shock through the music industry and muted the celebratory nature of the year's biggest awards show.

Artists honoured her from the stage, and Jennifer Hudson performed a simple tribute with I Will Always Love You on a stage darkened except for a soft spotlight.

"We have had a death in our family," host LL Cool J said at the programme's outset. "The only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer, for a woman who we loved, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston."

Adele, the British singer-songwriter whose last name is Adkins, tied Beyonce's record for most Grammy wins in one night by a female artist, according to the Recording Academy website.

She also won best pop vocal album for 21 and was honoured with best pop solo performance for Someone Like You.

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