In the end, it was rockers Foo Fighters who came closest to toppling Adele at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 12, 2012), winning five awards including Best Rock Performance, The British songstress won all six awards she was nominated for, but Dave Grohl and co weren't too far behind.
The band also scooped gongs for Long-form music video (Back and Forth), Hard Rock/Metal Performance (White Limo), Rock Song (Walk) and Rock Album for Wasting Light. Introducing the group for a post-Grammys performance outside the Staples Center, actor Jack Black jumped around excitedly and yelled, "This is the place to be, outside the Grams, because right now the one band that has looked Grammy in the eye and has managed to hang on to their indie-cred, with four Grammys, (they actually own five) it's Foo Fighters!". Earlier in the night, after picking up the award for Best Rock Album, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl gave an apt speech encouraging others to pick up an instrument, saying, "To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important", adding, "Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do.It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here [your heart].
Though expected to be dominated by the likes of Adele and Kanye West, there were strong Grammy wins for rock, indie and folk, with Bon Iver picking up the award for Best New Artist ahead of the much fancied NICKI MINAJ.