Fifteen Best Grammy Performances of All Time
Grammys is one of the most prestigious honors to be conferred in order to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. Every year, the Grammy Awards see a host of exhilarating and glittering performances by the who’s who of the music industry. Here are the best Grammy moments of all time.
- Taylor Swift (2014) — The country crooner remained seated at the piano for the entire duration of “All Too Well,” and later Swift got up and head-banged from the bench in an beautiful Alberta Ferretti gown, from delivering one of the most emotional performances of the Grammy night.
- Justin Timberlake and JAY Z (2013) For Justin Timberlake’s first Grammy performance in six years, he roused Jay-Z to the stage from his seat next to Beyoncé and then got him to don the titular looks from Timberlake’s newest single “Suit & Tie.”
- Adele (2012) — Adele made a triumphant return to the 54th Grammys, where she performed her award-winning song “Rolling in the Deep” (and earned a standing ovation) after undergoing vocal cord surgery in 2011. The 23-year-old singer also took home six Grammys, including Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year for “21.”
- Lady Gaga (2010) — Sporting a custom Giorgio Armani outfit, Lady Gaga hit the stage to sing a mash-up of “Poker Face,” “Speechless” and “Your Song.” While singing “Your Song,” she accompanied Elton John on a double-sided piano designed by artist Terence Koh. The duo wore Swarovski crystal-studded shades, also courtesy of Armani.
- Shakira and Wyclef Jean (2007) – Shakira is clearly fascinated by Bollywood because it surely was the inspiration for her and Wyclef Jean’s gilded version of “Hips Don’t Lie.” The Colombian singer showed off her belly-dancing skills in a gold metallic bustier and matching skirt.
- Madonna and the Gorillaz (2007) – Madonna and controversy go hand in hand. In 2007, Madonna made sure her sexy and toned body gets more views from the onlooker instead of their gaze wandering to what is in the background, which is why in this performance, a leotard-clad Madonna disco danced past virtual performers, The Gorillaz, during a version of her hit track, “Hung Up.” She proved 3D imaging was no match for her amazingly toned 47-year-old body.
- Kayne West (2005) – He staged “Jesus Walks” (with snippets of gospel greats “I’ll Take You There” and “I’ll Fly Away”), Kanye West included John Legend, Mavis Staples, the Blind Boys of Alabama and a “church” full of singing parishioners in the performance by the end of which he dramatically rose above the chorus wearing angel wings.
- Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony (2005) – The newly married couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony performed a dramatic duet of “Escapemonos.” The performance boasted of a deco-style set that featured a bedroom and a dressing room, in which there was a Dolce & Gabbana-clad Lopez.
- Beyonce and Prince (2004) — “Never wanted to be your weekend lover,” sang Beyonce as she joined Prince onstage for a tribute to Purple One. The two stars sang a medley of cuts from the album interspersed with the Purple One’s guitar solos and a few dance breaks from Beyonce, who was clad in a feather-trimmed mini-dress designed by her mother Tina Knowles.
- Celine Dion (1998) — For Dion’s performance in 1998, she was set to perform the Grammy-nominated “Tell Him” duet with Barbra Streisand. As luck would have it, Streisand came down with the flu. The entire plan had to be changed. Thanfully, they had an entire day. After rehearsing the set just once, Dion sang her hit song, “My Heart Will Go On,” which later earned her a Grammy Award in 1999.
- Elton John and Eminem (2001) — It may have been one of the most unexpected performances, but for the 43rd Grammy Awards, Elton John joined Eminem onstage to perform the rapper’s single, “Stan.” At the end of the performance, the two performers hugged up tightly onstage.
- Britney Spears (2000) — Teenaged mega-star Britney Spears began her performance with a version of “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart” dressed in a full-length tutu and glittering pastel turtleneck. She made a “Wizard of Oz”-inspired segue into “Baby One More Time,” emerging in a red beaded jumpsuit with cutouts at the waist.
- Ricky Martin (1999) — His sexy face, his leather pants, big smile, his velvety voice, his uber manly body language, his sexy grooves and energetic performance of “The Cup of Life,”Ricky Martin almost kicked off the so-called Latin Explosion of the late ’90s. He was the original Latin sensation and still is.
- Whitney Houston (1989) – Houston’s voice could give you goosebumps. She sang her gospel-charged hit “One Moment in Time” during the 31st Annual Grammy Awards that raised everyone out of their seats.
- Michael Jackson (1988) – The King of Pop performed “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man in the Mirror” wearing an understated button-down blue shirt and cropped trousers. People in the crowd just could not get enough of this man.
There you have it for the 15 best Grammys performances of all time.
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