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LL Cool J, hosting the 54th Grammy Awards, pays tribute to Whitney Houston. The televised awards show was held Sunday at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Host LL Cool J opened the Grammy ceremony with a prayer for Whitney Houston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Opera mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs during a pretelevised portion of the 54th Grammy Awards.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The Grammy stage is alight with images paying tribute to Glen Campbell.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Glen Campbell is accompanied by members of the Band Perry during the 54th Grammy Awards.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

An image of Chris Martin goes psychedelic.

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Rihanna and Chris Martin perform during the 54th Grammy Awards telecast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Nicki Minaj performs her song "Roman Holiday" in an elaborate number filled with religious imagery.

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Nicki Minaj begins to levitate during her performance of "Roman Holiday."

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Adam Levine, right, and Maroon 5 perform as part of a tribute to the Beach Boys, who also joined in the ever-growing production number.

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Rihanna rocks out at Staples Center.

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Adele gives a powerhouse performance at the Grammys, her first since her surgery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson duet.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Katy Perry channels her ferocious anime side in a performance at the Grammys.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The Ladies of Gospel perform at the pre-telecast ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

The Rebirth Brass Band at the pre-telecast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Foster the People, left, join with Maroon 5 for a Beach Boys tribute with Brian Wilson and the boys.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Chris Brown and dancers scale the set during their performance.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Crooner Tony Bennett is joined on stage by country songbird Carrie Underwood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Saxophonist Dave Koz gets a little jazzy during a pre-telecast portion of the ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Opera singer Joyce DiDonato sings during a pre-televised portion of the ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Bruno Mars paid tribute to the music of the '60s in a finger-snapping bit.

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Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band kick things off with "We Take Care of Our Own."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Bruce Springsteen is in the spotlight during the kickoff number for the 54th Grammy Awards, held at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Taylor Swift banjo-strums some country flavor into theGrammy Awards ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Paul McCartney was a towering presence at the Grammy ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Jennifer Hudson performs a tribute to Whitney Houston during the 54th Grammy Awards.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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