February 06, 2017 08:07 AM

Sold-out stadiums, packed festival stages and … living rooms?

Long before heading to the Grammy Awards as 2017 nominees, stars like Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake were honing their crafts as tiny tots.

Check out these award-worthy musicians’ humble beginnings before they come together at the awards on Feb. 12.


Leading the ceremony’s nominees with an impressive nine nominations, the Lemonade singer knew all about wowing a crowd years before becoming a “Grown Woman.” In fact, a home video clip that was used in her “Grown Woman” video proves just how “bad” she’s always been.

Her performance chops were also in full display as she covered “Home” from The Wiz at about 8-years-old (video above).

Justin Bieber

He’s been famous for most of his life, but there are plenty of videos of the four-time 2017 Grammy nominee before he became a household name. Here, Bieber pours his heart into a rendition of Chris Brown’s “With You.”

Carrie Underwood

Up for best country solo performance this year for “Church Bells,” Underwood once dazzled the crowd at the 1998 Miss Westark Pageant. Even as a 14-year-old, her vocal range was chill-worthy.


The rapper’s short film “Jungle” included snippets of some unbearably adorable home videos. In one clip, he raps along to The Fugees’ “Ready or Not.” In another, he and his father belt “Never Too Busy” by Kenny Lattimore. The little cutie has come a long way — he’s up for awards in eight Grammy categories.

Justin Timberlake

The former Mouseketeer, whose Trolls song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” was nominated this year, brought country vibes to the Star Search stage. Timberlake, who was then 11-years-old, didn’t earn a win with his performance of “Love’s Got a Hold on You,” but we’re guessing the last 20 or so years of his career have made up for that.


A 15-year-old Rihanna took on Mariah Carey‘s “Hero” with the same confidence and charisma that helped her score eight 2017 Grammy nominations. The performance took place at a beauty pageant, where the Anti singer won the crown (obviously).

Keith Urban

Urban appeared on the Australian talent show New Faces when he was 16. The judges had some somewhat harsh words about his maturity and gave him tips for strengthening his technique. Whether through their guidance or not, Urban definitely did perfect his skill, and is currently up for best country solo performance and best country album awards.

Ariana Grande

The Dangerous Woman was already packing pipes by the time she was 8-years-old. As a kid, she kicked off a hockey match with the National Anthem.

That same year, the best pop vocal album and best pop solo performance nominee also made her community theater debut in the lead role of Annie.

Chance the Rapper

Chano certainly has come far. The now-23-year-old rapper and seven-time nominee was recorded freestyling in a music room in about 2009.

Another video, above, shows the best new artist hopeful going toe-to-toe with fellow Chicago rapper Monster Mike.


The 2017 Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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