Adele Brings Home Six Grammy Awards

March 28, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. nominate (v.) – to choose someone for a certain position or award
Example: We nominated the top student in class to be president.

2. standing ovation (n.) – happens when an entire audience stands and claps for an excellent performance
Example: After playing a very difficult piece, the pianist received a standing ovation.

3. postpone (v.) – to delay until a certain time
Example: The officers postponed the meeting and moved it the day after next.

4. tribute (n.) – an act or object given to show gratitude or respect
Example: The children offered a song as a tribute to their teachers.

5. posthumous (adj.) – happening or continuing after one’s death
Example: The publishing company released the writer’s posthumous book a year after he died.

Read the text below.

The 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles brought many amazing performances, but singer Adele, conquered the show, winning a total of six prizes that night.

Adele’s album, “21,” won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Meanwhile, her song “Rolling in the Deep” won Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video. The British singer was also awarded Best Pop Solo Performance for the song “Someone Like You.” She won all the titles she was nominated for.

In her award speech, she said her album was inspired by a bad relationship, something many people have experienced.

She sang “Rolling in the Deep” and received a standing ovation from the audience. It was her first time performing again after her throat surgery, which forced her to postpone all her live concerts last year. Adele expressed thanks to the doctors who brought her voice back.

Next to Adele in number of awards was rock band Foo Fighters, who received five prizes, while artist Kanye West won four.

Apart from its wins, the awards night would be remembered for its tributes to singers who had passed away. Jennifer Hudson performed “I Will Always Love You” to honor singer Whitney Houston, who died a day before the event.

Amy Winehouse, who died in July last year, was also remembered and given a posthumous award.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Should artists, like singers, aim for awards? Why or why not?
·         How do awards like the Grammy’s help artists?

Discussion B

·         Are awards a good measure of one’s talent? Why or why not?
·         What for you is a talented artist?


March 28, 2012