Whitney Houston, Adele honored in 54th Grammy Awards
It is a night of gold, tears, dreams and great music—the Grammys. Known as “Music’s Biggest Night,” the three and one-half –hour event garnered an average of nearly 40 million television viewers. Artists and celebrities alike crowded into the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor the musical world’s prevailing and rising stars.
However, one fallen star cast a somber shadow over the big evening. The death of Whitney Houston the day before the eventful evening sent the Grammys scrambling while they altered telecasts and created tribute medleys to honor one of the greatest voices in history.
“There’s a little bit of a dark cloud… a lot of people are heartbroken,” country singer Miranda Lambert said before the telecast.
Lambert also explained the importance of celebrating musical talent, and how “we heal through music.” This was made clear as powerhouse vocalist Jennifer Hudson delivered a moving tribute to Houston, singing “I Will Always Love You” changing the final lyrics to bid farewell to Houston, the inspiration and hero of Hudson and many others.
Yet the night was also full of joy as Adele, still recovering from vocal-chord surgery, gave her first public performance since cancelling a tour; and she did not disappoint.
Nor was the young artist disappointed, as the six-time Grammy nominee made a clean-sweep, a broad smile outstretched on her face as the gold trophies were laden in her arms. Adele took home her six Grammys, including the prestigious Big Three: “Rolling in the Deep” won song and record of the year while “21” earned Adele album of the year.
“Mom, gold is good!” Adele said, smiling through tears as she accepted this last and biggest award.
According to Adele, her album relates well with so many people because it’s something “everyone’s been through … which is a rubbish relationship.”
The strength of the heartbroken artist resonates among others, as Adele used her struggles to inspire her victory. It is a firm reminder that God sometimes allows bad things to happen because He has something greater in mind for His people. Christians especially can rejoice in the knowledge 1 Corinthians 2:9 gives, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
Adele’s story is truly inspirational. She is certainly an artist to watch as she continues to take the musical world by storm.