13 February 2012
Last updated at 02:41 ET
The Grammy Awards, which have taken place in Los Angeles, became an emotional memorial to the late singer Whitney Houston. Jennifer Hudson performed Houston's song I Will Always Love You in tribute to the star, who died on Saturday.
British singer Adele took the main awards, winning six prizes including album, record and song of the year. She earned a standing ovation after singing Rolling in the Deep - her first live performance for more than four months after having throat surgery.
Amy Winehouse's parents Mitch (centre) and Janis collected her posthumous award for best pop duo/group performance, shared with Tony Bennett (left). "We shouldn't be here. Our darling daughter should be here. These are the cards that we're dealt," Mitch said.
Sir Paul McCartney received a kiss from Lady Gaga through her mesh veil. Sir Paul had been honoured as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year at a pre-Grammy event two days earlier.
At the ceremony itself, the former Beatle was joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen (left), The Eagles' Joe Walsh (second left) and Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl (second right) as well as members of his regular live band.
The three surviving original members of the Beach Boys gave their first performance together for more than two decades. Brian Wilson (centre), Mike Love (second right) and Al Jardine (far right) were joined by newer members Bruce Johnston (far left) and David Marks (second left).
Rihanna teamed up with Coldplay's Chris Martin to sing Princess of China, the song they recorded together for the band's latest album Mylo Xyloto.
Rihanna's former boyfriend Chris Brown also made an appearance - his first visit to the event since assaulting the signer before the ceremony three years ago. This year, he won best R&B album.
Nicki Minaj, who was unsuccessful with her three nominations, put in an elaborate and dramatic performance.
DJ and producer Skrillex picked up three awards from his five nominations, winning best dance recording, best dance/electronica album and best remix.
Ryan Tedder was jumping for joy after being among the producers who picked up a gong for helping shape Adele's album 21.