Live performances at the Grammy Awards, the music industry's biggest awards celebration of the year, can often be a paint by numbers mediocre affair. However, nearly every year there seem to be moments of magic. This list puts together 10 of the most outstanding performances that have graced the Grammy Awards stage.
10. Eric Clapton - "Tears In Heaven" (1993)
An outpouring of support for Eric Clapton and the music he created in the grief over the tragic accidental death of his four year old son Conor resulted in three Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. This is his emotional performance of the song "Tears In Heaven" at the awards ceremony.
9. Whitney Houston - "One Moment In Time" (1989)
8. Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond - "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (1980)
It was a surprise to much of the audience when Barbra Streisand, known to be shy about public performances, appeared along with Neil Diamond to deliver their #1 duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." Grammy magic brought the two pop legends together on stage.
7. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, Mya, Patti Labelle - "Lady Marmalade" (2002)
A performance of "Lady Marmalade" from the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge was already going to be big. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim, and Mya delivered a powerhouse performance, and then mayhem seemed to break loose. Producer Missy Elliott joined the quartet on stage, and then the legendary Patti Labelle, from the group who recorded the original version, appeared in an impossibly huge red dress to redefine the word diva.
6. Michael Jackson - "Man In the Mirror" (1988)
5. Ricky Martin - "The Cup Of Life" (1999)
This performance is defined by the word showstopper. Ricky Martin was nominated in the Latin category and already a well-known performer in Latin circles. However, few pop fans knew much about him. He owned the stage in this powerful performance of "The Cup Of Life" and paved the way for his upcoming #1 pop smash "Livin' La Vida Loca."
4. Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, D. Grohl, L. Steven - "London Calling" (2003)
Joe Strummer of the punk group the Clash passed away in late December 2002. For many fans, they were still recovering from the shock when rock legends Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, and Little Steven of Bruce Springsteen's E Street band took the stage to perform the title song from the Clash's London Calling album. It is an album many identify as one of the greatest of all time.
3. Chris Brown - "Run It!" (2007)
2. Eminem and Elton John - "Stan" (2001)
Eminem was frequently on the receiving end of criticism for seemingly homophobic content in his songs. Elton John was recognized as one of the most prominent gay activists among entertainers. Somehow they came together for a performance of Eminem's chilling song of fan obsession "Stan" and one of the most memorable Grammy moments emerged.
1. Mary J. Blige - "No More Drama" (2002)
This is arguably the performance that announced to the world that Mary J. Blige was a legend in the making. The song is a pledge to end the drama and pain in life. It was written and recorded at a time in which Mary J. Blige was recovering from addictions and abusive relationships. She pours her soul into this interpretation of the song with a ferocity rarely seen in televised performances.