Grammys Moments That (Almost!) Broke the Internet
BEYONCé'S 'DRUNK' WITH POWER
All hailed in 2014, when she opened the Grammys with a Flashdance-esque performance of “Drunk in Love.” Jay Z joined her on stage, Grammy censors buzzed, the crowd gave a standing ovation and #surfboart started trending.
HATS OFF TO PHARRELL
THEY ALL DO
Anyone who snoops around friends of friends’ wedding photos on Facebook was in heaven when Queen Latifah married 33 couples during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's “Same Love” performance in 2014. Madonna joined them onstage, as well as collaborators Mary Lambert and Trombone Shorty. And 13 million followers cheered when Katy Perry caught the #samelove bouquet.
TAYLOR GETS DOWN
is famously sweet to her fans, but she makes a pretty good groupie herself. The Vine of her enthusiastic, if not slightly awkward first-row dance party during the 2014 Grammys made everyone want to hang out with her even more.
JUSTIN & JAY 'SUIT' UP
After a little musical hiatus, came back to the scene in 2013 in classic style by partnering with Jay Z for “Suit & Tie.” Only these two are cool enough to turn TV screens black and white.
ADELE STRIKES A 'CORD'
For just a moment in 2012, viewers were too mesmerized by Adele’s a cappella opening of “Rolling in the Deep” to Tweet or text. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief that came out of throat surgery better than ever, and quickly resumed their keyboard tapping.
Is it a sin to love Nicki Minaj? Apparently so. The “Roman Holiday” performer’s on-stage exorcism in 2012 had everyone saying a few extra Hail Marys.
JENNIFER WILL ALWAYS LOVE WHITNEY
GAGA'S EGG-CELLENT ENTRANCE
She won three Grammys in 2011, but the Internet was more into talking about red carpet arrival in an egg. “She is incubating,” choreographer Laurieann Gibson told Ryan Seacrest. “She won’t be born until her performance this evening.” #stillscratchingourheads
PINK GETS HIGH
Singing with both feet on the ground is so 2000s. “I thought I was going to fall on my nude butt,” said of her 2010 Grammys performance, in which she sang “Glitter in the Air” while suspended from silk drapes.
BEY AND TINA SHARE THE CROWN
The list of people who can school Beyoncé is pretty short, but in their 2008 “Proud Mary, Tina Turner came out on top.
AMY WINS 'EM ALL
2008 was the year of Amy Winehouse, whose breakthrough album Back to Black swept the Grammys with five trophies. Even more emotional than her wins was her shout-out to her troubled husband: “To my Blake, my Blake incarcerated.”
DAFT PUNK STAYS 'STRONGER'
Another way to get people talking: Don’t ever show your face. Way to stay in character, Daft Punk.
'MARMALADE' IS MORE, MORE, MORE
Hey, children of 2015: Before there was “Bang Bang,” there was , Pink, Mya and Lil’ Kim’s remake of “Lady Marmalade” in 2002. Hey, everyone else: Doesn’t this make you feel old now?
J.LO GETS LOW
Looking back at 2000, the Internet was already sort of broken. But it’s a miracle that Versace dress didn’t completely shut it down.
ELTON AND EMINEM'S TEAMWORK
RICKY GOES LOCO
Again, in (ahem) modern times, Ricky Martin’s hip-shaking to “La Copa De La Vida” would make an excellent meme. In 1999, it just had us shimmying in our living rooms.
ARETHA'S A TRUE DIVA
WHITNEY'S POWER BALLAD
MILLI VANILLI ARE OUT OF SYNC
The bad news: Months after winning their Best New Artist Grammy in 1990, the guys had their award revoked for lip-synching. The good news: The technology to make this go viral did not yet exist.