The 56th Annual Grammys are Sunday, but the nominated musicians have been ruling our iPods all year. Radio regulars Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and many more are all slated to take the award show’s stage.
Expect more than a simple performance: the Grammys are famous for mixing artists, instruments and effects into bizarre combinations that leave viewers more stunned than Taylor Swift after winning, well, anything.
To prepare for Grammys 2014, let’s revisit some of the show’s top performances:
Adele "Rolling in the Deep" (2012)
In one of her first public performances since throat surgery, Adele proved she still had the voice to keep her career rolling.
Lady Gaga "Born This Way" (2011)
What came first, the artist with a flair for theatrics or the egg?
P!nk "Glitter in the Air" (2010)
Some people can sing, and then others can sing while suspended in the air, soaking wet in front of thousands of people.
Radiohead and the USC Marching Band "15 Step" (2009)
That kid you made fun of for playing the tuba in high school just became cooler than you.
Kanye West and Daft Punk "Stronger" (2008)
If the game Simon grew up to be a DJ, it would probably look something like this.
Beyoncé and Tina Turner "Proud Mary" (2008)
Some may call her Queen Bey, but Beyoncé was the one playing “keep up” in this grooving duet.
Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Steven Van Zandt "London Calling" (2003)
Your dad grew up with cool music, too. Here’s the proof.
Mary J. Blige "No More Drama" (2002)
Blige ditched the special effects and let her voice put on the show for this emotional rendition of her big hit.
Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Mya and Lil’ Kim "Lady Marmalade" (2002)
Think of it as the Rat Pack reborn as modern female artists … with a love for fine lingerie.
Eminem and Elton John "Stan" (2001)
After a year of offending close to every social group – including the LGBTQ community – with The Slim Shady Show, Eminem shocked again by performing “Stan” with openly gay Elton John, ending the set with a warm hug.
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" (1994)
In 1994, Houston brought down the house with her Bodyguard ballad, and she also brought home three Grammys.
Michael Jackson "The Way You Make Me Feel/ Man in the Mirror" (1988)
With those moves, how could the King of Pop not make the list?
A-ha "Take on Me" (1986)
A-ha: a bad choice for karaoke, an excellent choice for award shows.
The Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams" (1984)
Sorry Gaga, Annie Lennox was performing as her male alter-ego long before Jo Calderone was born.
Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing" (1983)
Gaye gave one of the Grammys’ sexiest performances without removing a single piece of clothing. That’s talent.
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