The untimely passing of Whitney Houston added emotion and drama to last night's Grammy awards ceremony.

Two women, one present, the other present in spirit, shared the evening's spotlight.

After dominating radio airwaves and record sales Adele also dominated Sunday's ceremony.

The British singer won six awards, including the night's big three, Record, Song and Album of the year for tunes from her album "21".

The six Grammys tied Beyonce's record for most wins by a woman in one evening.

The night also marked a comeback of sorts for Adele.

It was her first public performance since vocal chord surgery in November.

It drew a standing ovation that lasted close to a minute, but even as the music industry honored one voice, it mourned another.

Grammy host LL Cool J led the audience in prayer to honor Whitney Houston at the evening's outset.

Jennifer Hudson also paid tribute in song.

The performance provided an emotional signature for a night of legacies, ending as well as beginning.

There were other award winners on the night.

Foo Fighters won five Grammys, including best rock album for "Wasting Light", a collection they recorded in their garage.

Also, there was a bit of an upset for the second straight year in the Best New Artist category.

Last year it was jazz artist Esperanza Spalding beating out Justin Bieber.

This time, it was the band Bon Iver topping the likes of Nicki Minaj and The Band Perry.