Break out the sequins, confetti cannons, and bizarre mash-ups, because the 58th Annual Grammy Awards are back tonight at 7/8c! Lady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift and more are all slated to take the stage and probably a few golden gramophones. Grammy performances traditionally are tweetable mix of swagger, sexiness and sangin’. Let’s take a look back at some of the most unforgettable Grammy performances from P!nk, Michael Jackson and more...
One of the biggest milestones in music took place at the 1983 Grammys when King Of Pop Michael Jackson performed his legendary moonwalk live for the first time during a performance of "Billie Jean." Thirty-three years later, and I still can't figure out how to do it.
In 2011, when music icon Aretha Franklin was ill, her peers decided that the best course of treatment was a music tribute. Divas Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Florence Welch united for a soulful tribute of Aretha’s greatest hits, including “Natural Woman” and “Ain’t No Way.” Powerful riffs and runs like this can cure everything from a serious case of The Mondays to Fibromyalgia.
Sometimes, orchestrated moments at the Grammys can feel forced and insincere. Other times, it’s a moment borne out of love. At the 2014 Grammys, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah united to marry 33 couples during their performance of the equality anthem, “Same Love.” What could have been gimmicky turned out to be a genuine and tear-jerking celebration of love.
The Grammy collaborations can sometimes feel like the result of producers blindly shooting darts at the list of nominees. It certainly seemed that way when rock group Imagine Dragons joined musical forces with rapper Kendrick Lamar for a mash-up. The result, however, was face-meltingly brilliant. Colored powder cannons, seizure-inducing lights, massive drums and cataclysmic talent created music that had normally above-it-all celebrities on their feet one minute in. We’re all “Radioactive” after witnessing that 2014 moment of Grammy greatness.
In a time when lip-synching and auto-tuning is so prominent, it’s a testament to a great talent when they perform the old-fashioned way: singing live. Grammy winner and all-around badass, P!nk eliminated all excuses for chronic lip-synchers when she sang her ethereal song, “Glitter In The Air,” while spinning upside down in an aerial cirque du soleil style performance at the 2010 Grammys. Shots fired in the most elegant, athletic and sparkly way possible.