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Grammy Awards 2023: Our Favorite Performances

Ahead of the Grammy Awards 2023, take a look back at some of our favorite performances over the years! The Grammy Awards have been a staple in the music industry for over 60 years, and during that time, there have been countless memorable moments that have left audiences in awe. From iconic performances to shocking moments, the Grammys have always been a night to remember. In this article, we will take a look at some of the most beloved moments from past Grammy Awards.

Michael Jackson — 1988 Grammy Awards

At the 38th Grammys in 1988, Michael Jackson took to the stage to perform two of his hit songs, “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man In The Mirror.” It was a breathtaking performance that showcased Jackson‘s iconic dance moves and vocal prowess. He commanded attention with his showmanship as he moved around the stage with an energy and enthusiasm that was undeniable. As he sang, it was clear this man knew how to entertain a crowd. Every eye in the room was on him as he dazzled them with both his presence and talent. His appearance at this award ceremony was a testament to Jackson’s enduring legacy as one of the greatest artists ever (so great, that there’s even a show running on Broadway inspired by his life and musical legacy).

Whitney Houston — 1994 Grammy Awards

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Whitney Houston‘s iconic performance of “I Will Always Love You” at the 1994 Grammys was truly a moment that will never be forgotten. Her beautiful and heartfelt rendition sent an unforgettable wave of emotion throughout the room, solidifying her place as one of music history’s finest vocalists. Even years later in 2011, it still made such an impact to warrant induction into the Grammy Hall Of Fame — cementing this legendary performance as one of the best of the ceremony’s longstanding legacy.

Beyoncé and Prince — 2004 Grammy Awards

Beyoncé and Prince‘s 2004 Grammy Award performance was an event that will always be remembered. The iconic duo opened the show with an electrifying medley of some of Prince‘s greatest hits including “Purple Rain” and “Baby I’m a Star.” Their powerful arrangement of Prince‘s songs created a lasting impression on viewers, many noting not just their technical skill but also how each artist brought something special to the stage that day. Their duet showed off both vocalists’ talents — Beyoncé sang effortlessly while Prince brought funkiness to his guitar playing — and set a high bar for future Grammy performances.

Adele — 2012 Grammy Awards

About a decade later, we saw Adele’s performance of “Rolling in the Deep” as one of the most talked-about moments of the 2012 ceremony. Her compelling vocals and passionate delivery left the audience in awe, and it solidified her status as one of the greatest singers of her generation. Her performance was later included in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.

Kendrick Lamar — 2016 Grammy Awards

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Kendrick Lamar‘s performance of “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” in 2016 was an unforgettable, landmark moment that demonstrated a profound commitment to bringing attention to racial injustice. His tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement served as a rousing reminder — both musically and lyrically — for the work still left undone toward achieving true equality. It stands out today as an evocative example of how music can be used to move people into action on crucial social issues.

Beyoncé — 2017 Grammy Awards

In 2017, Beyoncé put forth an awe-inspiring performance that celebrated the strength and resilience of motherhood. As she sang her beloved hits “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles,” pregnant with twins at the time, Beyoncé moved audiences to their very core in a tribute deserving of its place in history — entered into The Grammy Hall of Fame just one year later.

Billie Eilish — 2020 Grammy Awards

More recently, Billie Eilish took home multiple awards in 2020, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year; but it was her performance of “When The Party’s Over” that was one of the most talked-about moments of the night. Eilish’s delicate yet robust performance was a reminder of her incredible talent and her ability to connect with audiences through her music.

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These are just a few of the many iconic moments from past Grammy Awards. From the potent and heartwrenching vocals of Whitney Houston during her rendition of “I Will Always Love You” to Kendrick Lamar’s striking glimpse into the modern American black experience on his To Pimp a Butterfly medley, the Grammys have always been a night to remember. These moments have solidified the status of the artists involved as some of the greatest of all time and have left a lasting impact on the music industry and the world at large. We can’t wait to see what amazing performances are in store for this year’s 2023 Grammy Awards!

Check out the winners from last year’s ceremony and let us know on Twitter who you think will walk away winners at this year’s event on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

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