Best and Worst Grammy Moments! Agree or Disagree? (Photos)

Adele: Six times a winner

A clean sweep!

In a Grammy night that mixed bittersweet tributes with full-out fun, and class acts with utter tackiness, Adele‘s six wins stand out as one of the shining highlights. The British pop sensation took home the awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (for 21), Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Someone Like You”), Song of the Year and Record of the Year (for “Rolling in the Deep”).

Best of all, Adele treated the audience to a stunning performance of “Deep” just months after undergoing throat surgery.

And while Whitney Houston‘s sudden death on Saturday cast a note of somberness over the festivities, the Grammy producers managed to honor her memory without turning the whole night into a eulogy for one star. (Lest we forget, we also lost Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Clarence Clemons and other music greats over the past year.)

So what were last night’s best and worst moments? Click through our gallery below and see what you think. Were you misty-eyed over Jennifer Hudson? Did Chris Brown‘s appearance thrill or nauseate you? Let us know!

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  • Best: The Boss opens 1 of 15
    Best: The Boss opens
    The ceremony started with a bang as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band got the crowd going with their new single, "We Take Care of Our Own." Still, it wasn't quite the same without legendary saxophonist "Big Man" Clarence Clemons.
  • Best: LL Cool J’s prayer 2 of 15
    Best: LL Cool J's prayer
    LL made a classy Grammy host all the way through, but his shining moment came when he said a moving prayer for Whitney Houston as the audience bowed heads.
  • Worst: Dave Grohl’s cut-off speech 3 of 15
    Worst: Dave Grohl's cut-off speech
    The Foo Fighters frontman, accepting the award for Best Rock Album, spoke out for the "human element of music" and told performers to "learn an instrument." Good point, but it ran too long and was interrupted by the orchestra. And maybe it's not the best policy to dis a major part of your industry?
  • Best: Jennifer Hudson’s solo 4 of 15
    Best: Jennifer Hudson's solo
    As millions held their breath - would she be able to hold it together - Hudson mustered her strength and sang a spot-on rendition of "I Will Always Love You." She finished by blowing a two-handed kiss to the image of Whitney Houston on the screen behind her.
  • Worst: Chris Brown love 5 of 15
    Worst: Chris Brown love
    Apparently, the Staples Center had Amnesia Spray vented into the auditorium. Why else would Brown be asked to perform - not once, but twice! And why else would the audience be up and cheering as though he had never assaulted Rihanna? Forgiving is one thing. Letting him off the hook this easily is another.
  • Best: Bruno Mars’s retro show 6 of 15
    Best: Bruno Mars's retro show
    Dazzling in gold, Bruno brought a little James Brown '60's style to the stage as he performed "Runaway." He called to the crowd, "Get off your rich a--es and have fun!"
  • Best: The Beach Boys reunite 7 of 15
    Best: The Beach Boys reunite
    After more than 20 years, Brian Wilson and the surviving members of the legendary band joined for a rendition of "Good Vibrations" that had everyone bopping. Opening tributes by Maroon 5 and Foster the People were a fitting setup.
  • Worst: Nicki Minaj 8 of 15
    Worst: Nicki Minaj
    Clearly going for the Bizarro Award, Nicki showed up in this storybook getup on the arm of a Pope impersonator. She followed up with a splashy number about exorcism that won't win her any points in church - or with parents.
  • Best: Katy Perry 9 of 15
    Best: Katy Perry
    Newly single Katy started off demurely in this lovely blue gown. But when it was time to sing, it was No More Ms. Nice Girl. In a fierce armor-like catsuit, she belted "Part of Me" - a number about a bitter breakup.
  • Worst: Sasha Gradiva’s getup 10 of 15
    Worst: Sasha Gradiva's getup
    The Russian singer is the latest thing in dance-pop. Or something. We couldn't get past the outfit. Nice dress to show off to the kids in the home audience. Then Mom can can tell them all about the music stars lost to gun violence.
  • Best: Rihanna 11 of 15
    Best: Rihanna
    We were kinda worried that Ri might suffer a wardrobe malfunction before she even took her seat. But she made it work - and wisely changed costumes before her terrific duet with Coldplay.
  • Best: Alicia Keys 12 of 15
    Best: Alicia Keys
    Looking and sounding amazing, Alicia joined Bonnie Raitt in a lovely tribute to the late Etta James.
  • Worst: Deadmau5 13 of 15
    Worst: Deadmau5
    Not that we don't appreciate a good alt-techno Canadian band or a mosh scene with fans waving glow sticks. But wasn't this supposed to be a tribute to the late Don Cornelius and his classic Motown show "Soul Train"?
  • Best: Glen Campbell tribute 14 of 15
    Best: Glen Campbell tribute
    Blake Shelton and The Band Perry paid homage to the Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy-winner. Campbell himself took the stage to sing his classic "Rhinestone Cowboy" - a poignant moment for the country star, who has early-stage Alzheimer's disease.
  • Best: The finale 15 of 15
    Best: The finale
    His voice isn't as fab as it used to be, but Sir Paul McCartney still rocked it with the Beatles triple "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End" - featuring a six-way guitar jam with Grohl, Springsteen, Joe Walsh, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do it.

[Photos via Pacific Coast News, PR Photos]

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