In the wake of Whitney Houston’s death, this year’s Grammys Awards show was a sensitive thing. Every chance they got, the hosts and artists tried to reaffirm that the show was a chance to celebrate music. It’s what Whitney would  have wanted and is the best way to pay tribute to her, they said. And that’s probably true, but it still made this awards show a difficult one. Adele made her return, Nicki Minaj put on an attention-demanding performance, and Paul McCartney popped up every 5 minutes, but throughout the entire show there was an obvious black cloud looming over the event.

Watch Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney, see the winners, and check out other performances from the night below, courtesy of Mr. World Premiere.

Nicki Minaj

Rihanna & Coldplay


Kelly Clarkson & Jason Aldean

Taylor Swift

The Foo Fighters

Bruce Springsteen

The Beach Boys, Maroon 5, & Foster The People

Paul McCartney

Glen Campbell Tribute

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