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Adele could have had it all...and did...at the Grammys

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Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 12. Soul singer Adele triumphed in her return to music's stage on Sunday, scooping up six Grammys and winning every category in which she was nominated including album of the year for

 

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Musicians Rihanna, Adele, Bruno Mars and more celebrate the year in music and remember Whitney Houston.

As joyous as the show was for Adele, it was equally as serious with tributes to late pop star Whitney Houston, who died suddenly on Saturday. She was remembered by fellow artists in acceptance speeches and songs. Jennifer Hudson sang Houston's signature hit "I Will Always Love You," and Grammy host LL Cool J offered a prayer for Houston's family, friends and fans.

But it was Adele who stole the show. The 23-year-old, who has taken the music world by storm, underwent surgery on her vocal cords late last year and had been resting her voice on doctor's orders until music's biggest night. The British singer took the stage to belt out "Rolling In the Deep," and finished to a standing ovation.

--Reported by the Associated Press