Before the live ceremony of 54th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, a pre-telecast was held announcing some of its early winners. Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Adele were among those who were lucky to bring home Golden Gramophones early.
The Dave Grohl-fronted band led the early winner list by grabbing four coveted kudos. They collected prizes for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance and Best Long Form Music Video. "Well we know we ain't going home empty handed now," drummer Taylor Hawkins jokingly said.
Kanye received three gongs. The rap mogul won Best Rap Album for "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". He additionally grabbed Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song, both thanks to his single "All of the Lights".
Swift got two awards. She took home trophies for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song both for her single "Mean". Adele, meanwhile, got one early kudo; Best Pop Vocal Album for her groundbreaking album "21".
The other early winners were Skrillex, Tony Bennett, Bon Iver, Betty White and Louis C.K. Skrillex got three gongs, Bennett received two, while Iver, White and Louis accepted one each. "There are so many people that I'd like to thank," Skrillex said on the red carpet. "A year and a half ago, I was homeless. I'm not saying it's about money or anything like that. It's just crazy how quick things happen. They're happening right now. I fly to Europe tomorrow morning. It's just like bam-bam-bam."
2012 Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. LL Cool J is tapped as a host, while Taylor Swift, Adele, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown, Carrie Underwood, Lil Wayne and David Guetta are going to perform.
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt will pay homage to Etta James, while Drake, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, Jack Black, Stacy Ferguson (Fergie), Marc Anthony, Lady Antebellum, Ryan Seacrest, Ringo Starr and Questlove will be the presenters.