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Brian Orloff
January 31, 2010 11:50 PM

Once again, the Grammy Awards felt like one big concert.

This year’s telecast was stuffed with everything from opera to hip-hop, and featured inspired pairings and surprise guests and mash-ups. Here are five of the most exciting superstar performances that you’ll want to re-watch on YouTube.


Six-time winner Beyoncé marched toward the stage in an armor-like costume, flanked by foot soldiers. The pop diva was clearly channeling her Sasha Fierce alter-ego as she poured out her hit “If I Were a Boy,” complete with a sassy crotch grab and plenty of hair-tossing. But then, when you thought she was done, the singer launched into a revved-up cover of Alanis Morissette’s angst-ridden “You Oughta Know.”


Pink soared above the Staples Center – and even threatened to soak the crowd during her high-flying rendition of “Glitter in the Air.” Elegantly shedding her cover-up to reveal a barely-there leotard, the singer dipped into a pool of water, twirled and demonstrated a graceful command of her own voice and acrobatic skills.

Lady Gaga & Elton John

She opened the show with a conceptual performance set in a decaying factory. But before she could finish singing her hit “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga was dropped into a fiery pit, only to emerge pounding a creepy piano alongside Elton John. The two traded verses on her ballad “Speechless” and his classic “Your Song” as the crowd went wild.

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Michael Jackson Tribute

Originally intended to be performed during his summer comeback concerts in London, Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” united a fleet of famous faces – everyone from Carrie Underwood to Usher to Jennifer Hudson – on stage for a touching tribute to the late King of Pop. Backed by gorgeous imagery of nature, which was available in 3-D, and Jackson’s own vocals, they delivered a musical message of environmentalism while acknowledging Jackson’s contributions to pop music.

The Black Eyed Peas

They had a feeling that it was “going to be a good, good night,” and the Black Eyed Peas were right: Not only did they nab three awards, but the band served up two of their feel-good tunes on the show, “Imma Be” and “I Gotta Feeling,” backed by clips sent in by their fans.

See all the Grammy winners and nominees here.

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