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Grammys 2014: 7 Most Memorable Moments Of All Time

Jillian Morabito |
January 22, 2014 | 5:19 p.m. PST

Associate Entertainment Editor

Some Grammy performances are quite mundane, with artists performing hit songs that the radio has already beat to a pulp. However, other Grammy moments stand above the rest, moving audiences to their feet. Find out what moments Neon Tommy selects as better than the rest. 

2012: Adele’s return

In 2012, Adele faced something that all superstars who actually sing their music (See: Britney Spears) face-- the inevitable vocal strain. A plentiful amount of barrels of chamomile tea couldn’t help the British crooner from having to undergo vocal surgery, which took place a few months before the show. Thus, it was a pleasant surprise for everyone when she appeared at the Grammys and not only nailed an on-stage performance, but also took home every Grammy for which she was nominated. 

2009: The Spirit of Troy Replaces the Coliseum for Radiohead

The greatest band in the history of the universe, the Spirit of Troy, accompanied alternative band Radiohead during a 2009 Grammy performance. Okay, so maybe this choice is a bit biased, but watch it and prove it’s not awesome. Radiohead even went on to win "Best Alternative Album" for their hit "In Rainbows" later that night. 

2012: Whitney Houston Tribute

When Whitney Houston passed away just a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards, executive producer Ken Ehrlich put together one of the most moving tributes in a mere 24 hours. Though no one can sing “I Will Always Love You” like Houston and Dolly Parton, there was not a dry eye in the room when Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to one of her idols.


2001: Eminem and Elton John Take a Stand

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) protested the 2001 Grammy Awards because of Eminem’s homophobic remarks in the album “The Marshall Mathers LP.” Thus, when the rapper came together with a figure of gay rights in the music industry, Elton John, it was a huge step for widespread acceptance in the business. The two performed “Stan” and the performance came to signify alliance, which was one of the first performances to acknowledge such.

2005: Melissa Etheridge Triumphantly Returns

Who could forget when Melissa Etheridge made her first public performance at the Grammys since overcoming breast cancer in 2005. She collaborated with Joss Stone to pay tribute to the rock icon, Janis Joplin. The edginess of both vocal stylings combined with Etheridge’s emotional feat made for one of the most legendary Grammy performances by far. 

2010: P!nk's Secret Talent 

Cirque du Soliel or the Grammys? P!nk performed her hit “Glitter in the Air” while she was literally covered in glitter in the air. Scantily clad in ribbons, she showed off her toned body, fantastic acrobatic moves, as well as nailing a very moving ballad. 

1988: Simply, Michael Jackson

Before the Grammys began utilizing an artist’s collaborative potential, the solo artist was rampant. No one did this better than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, 26 years ago. He performed a 10 minute set at the most cconcisely timed award show, need we say more?

What do you think has been the best Grammy moment in the past 56 years? 

Reach Associate Entertainment Editor Jillian Morabito here. 



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