Get out the broom: Adele swept the Grammys last night. All thanks to the inspiration from "a rubbish relationship," the British singer had her way with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, taking all six categories she was nominated in, including the three big kahunas of album, record and song of the year. For a while there, the Foo Fighters looked like contenders, but Adele brushed them aside. Her producer, Paul Epworth, also won producer of the year.
"This record is inspired by something that is really normal and everyone's been through it - a rubbish relationship," she said when picking up the album trophy for 21. "It's gone on to do things that I can't tell you how I feel about them. It's been the most life-changing year." She also thanked zen Svengali Rick Rubin "who taught me about quality control" and held up a golden gramophone for her mother to see: "Mum! Girl done good!"
It made for a gratifying evening, because although 21 may not have been the best album of 2011, it certainly was one of the best, and that's a lot better than Grammys have often done. And while the truth is that the music industry is still pretty much one big ball of confusion over a decade after the file sharing upheaval began, the 6 million-and-still-going sales numbers for Adele's sophomore release - coupled with the emotional reaction to Whitney Houston's death, and LL Cool J's classy way of setting the tone - made everybody feel unified and connected for a little while last night. Even an ill-conceived triple helping of Chris Brown couldn't kill the vibe.
My full Grammy story from Monday's Inquirer is here. Below, check out Adele doing a little a cappella "Rolling in the Deep" for Anderson Cooper - who revealed that he jogs to "Rolling in the Deep" every day! - in the 60 Minutes profile that ran before the show.