February 12: Adele wins big at Grammys
In a ceremony that became part-tribute to Whitney Houston, who had died just one day before, Adele was the top winner at the 54th annual Grammy Awards. The British singer won all six of her nominations, including Best Album of the Year for "21," tying Beyoncé's record for most wins by a female artist in one night. Foo Fighters and Kanye West followed with five and four awards, respectively. It was the start of a big year for Adele, who would also become engaged and welcome a baby boy with her boyfriend Simon Konecki and record the theme to the new James Bond film "Skyfall."