The GRAMMY Awards are when the world’s greatest and most popular musicians gather under the same roof to celebrate the past year of music. Every year, the GRAMMY’s are brimming with awe-inspiring musical performances and iconic, must-see moments. In honour of “Music’s Biggest Night”, here are eight unforgettable GRAMMY Award moments:
Kanye West’s Acceptance Speech in 2005
Kanye West has had his fair share of memorable award show moments throughout his career. Perhaps the most memorable was his acceptance speech for his first GRAMMY Award in 2005 when Kanye’s “Late Registration” won Rap Album of the Year. Between his insistence that he would talk for as long as he wanted (cutoff music be damned) and an epic “mic drop” ending, it may be one of the most iconic acceptance speeches of all time.
Lady Gaga Arrives in an Egg; Hatches, Performs
The GRAMMY Awards always start on the red carpet, where attendees arrive and show off their outfits for the evening. Most people flaunt their designer suits, dresses, and jewelry – but Lady Gaga is not like most people. She proved that in 2011, where she arrived at the GRAMMY’s in AN EGG. Yes, you read that right – in an egg.
As odd as it was, there was a method to her madness. Lady Gaga hatched on stage before giving a stellar performance of her hit song “Born this Way.”
Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar
At the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons teamed up for a stunning mashup performance of their songs “m.A.A.d City” and “Radioactive.” The unexpected collaboration came on the heels of the first GRAMMY nominations for both Kendrick and Imagine Dragons. The electric performance had everyone in the audience out of their seats singing along. It might go down as one of the best award performances ever.
Taylor Swift’s 2015 GRAMMY Acceptance Speech
In 2015, Taylor Swift won a GRAMMY for Album of the Year for her LP “1989.” The award was a significant achievement for Taylor, as she became the first woman ever to win Album of the Year twice. She used the moment to deliver a compassionate speech, encouraging young women to ignore the people that put them down and to keep working diligently.
Eminem and Elton John perform “Stan”
When Eminem released his third studio album “The Marshall Mathers LP,” it was met with critical acclaim. However, the album also received criticism for certain controversial lyrics. In an act of solidarity and in response to the criticism, Eminem teamed up with Sir Elton John at the 2001 GRAMMY Awards to perform a harrowing version of Eminem’s classic song “Stan.” At the end of the performance, Eminem and Elton John hugged each other. True to form, Eminem also gave a single-fingered salute to the audience.
Lorde’s “Royals” Performance
2014 was a massive year for Lorde. The single “Royals” from her debut EP “Pure Heroine” was a worldwide success, garnering critical and commercial acclaim. Her successful year culminated at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, where “Royals” won Song of the Year. Lorde gave an unforgettable live performance of the track that same night, cementing herself as one of the most promising up-and-coming singer/songwriters in the world.
Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds” Performance
Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney teamed up to perform their song “FourFiveSeconds” at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The song was off of Rihanna’s eighth studio album Anti. The performance was legendary not only because of how great the song is but because of the trio of performers, who have a whopping total of 48 GRAMMY Awards between them. That has to be a record!
Justin Bieber’s Mashup Performance
In 2011, Justin Bieber performed a mashup of some of his hit songs at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The megastar, who was only 16 at the time, shared the stage with Usher and Jaden Smith to perform songs like “Baby” and “Never Say Never.” The performance may be one the best of Justin Bieber’s career.
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