It’s the Super Bowl of the music industry, as a select group of artists are given the opportunity to be recognized and praised by fans and peers alike. In anticipation of tonight’s 2015 Grammy Awards, take a look at 10 memorable performances from the past as we wait to see what the ceremony has in store this year. Let us know what you think, did your favorite performance make the list?
1. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1994)
Dolly Parton may have created it, but it was Whitney Houston’s iconic voice that made it her own. It’s a track that many have tried, few have duplicated.
2.Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel” “Man In The Mirror” (1988)
After standing on top of the world following the release of the record shattering Thriller, the King of Pop returned with Bad and an incredible performance backed by a live choir.
3. Eminem & Sir Elton John: “Stan” (2001)
The Marshall Mathers LP catapulted Detroit emcee Eminem to superstardom and sparked a firestorm of controversy in the process. Unbothered, he enlisted Sir Elton John for a powerful performance of “Stan.” Em won.
4. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, Lil Kim & Patti Labelle: “Lady Marmalade” (2002)
There was arguably nothing bigger in 200 than the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge and in 2002 girl power exploded when the ladies behind the lead single came together with the help of originator Patti Labelle.
5. Beyonce & Tina Turner: “Proud Mary” (2008)
Divas of past and present collided when Beyonce and the iconic Tina Turner took the stage together for a rousing performance of “Proud Mary.”
6. Adele: “Rolling In The Deep” (2012)
Coming back from a potential career ending throat ailment is tough, imagine doing it at the Grammy’s. Salute.
6. Kanye West & Daft Punk: “Stronger” (2008)
After sampling Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” Kanye West enlisted the French duo for a futuristic performance of his hit “Stronger.”
9. Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. & M.I.A.: “Swagga Like Us” (2009)
The Grammy’s have been notoriously lacking when it comes to consistently representing Hip Hop, so 2009 stood out as rap superheroes came together alongside a very pregnant M.I.A. for a deliciously cocky performance of “Swagga Like Us.”
9. Pink “Glitter In The Air” (2010)
Channeling her inner acrobat, singer Pink somehow managed to sing upside down assisted by a trapeze. Amazing.
10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: “Same Love” (2014)
Proving that music is truly inclusive, the duo performed their mega hit “Same Love” as 33 gay couples wed publicly in a union officiated by none other than Queen Latifah.