Foo Fighters Rock Five Grammy Awards amid Whitney Houston Tributes

2012-02-13

Story by Anne Erickson

Foo Fighters win five Grammy Awards for songs off Butch Vig-produced ‘Wasting Light’

Foo Fighters have once again proved rock is alive and well in 2012, as the grunge rock band took home a sky-high five trophies at the 54th annual Grammy Awards Sunday (Feb. 12), amid heartfelt tributes to the late, great Whitney Houston.

During a pre-telecast of the Grammy Awards, frontman Dave Grohl and the Foos picked up trophies for Best Rock Album, Best Long Form Video, Best Rock Song and Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance, the latter over heavy contestants such as Megadeth. In addition to the first four Grammys, during the show, Foo Fighters scored the coveted Grammy for Best Rock Performance for their high-energy, powerhouse rock single “Walk.”

After getting called up on stage, the guys dragged up “Wasting Light” producer Butch Vig and paid tribute to the producer and his work on the album. “We couldn’t have done it without the best producer in the world in Butch Vig,” Grohl exclaimed, adding that he and Vig first worked together on Nirvana’s breakthough album, “Nevermind.” “We met each other 20 years ago when we made a Nirvana record and it was an honor to work with you again,” Grohl said.

“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important: singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft,” Grohl added, also explaining that “Wasting Light” was recorded in Grohl’s own garage. “That’s the most important thing that you can do. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about sounding absolutely correct. It’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (motions to head), and it’s about what goes on in here (motions to heart).”

Before getting cut off for Ryan Seacrest’s entrance, Grohl muttered out a quick, “Thank you,” and then belted, “Long live rock and roll!” Adele also scored big at the 2012 Grammys, picking six trophies including Album of the Year for “21.” Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson performed an emotional rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” to a standing ovation.

 




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