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Poll: What's Your Favorite Classic GRAMMYs Performance?
There's nothing more exciting than watching your favorite artists accept golden gramophones at the GRAMMY Awards. But don’t forget: Music’s Biggest Night always turns out some amazing live performances.
Throughout the years, some of the biggest names in music have graced the GRAMMY stage with lively or touching performances and even epic collaborations. And now that the countdown to the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10 is in full swing, we want to know: What’s your favorite classic GRAMMY performance?
Let’s tackle these from the top: The GRAMMY stage would not be the same without the late, great Whitney Houston. Accompanied by an orchestra, the pop icon took the 36th GRAMMY Awards stage in in 1994 for a breathtaking performance of "I Will Always Love You."
And remember how Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott and Pink brought Paris' Moulin Rouge to the 44th GRAMMY Awards with their famous rendition of "Lady Marmalade"? That performance came sealed with a guest appearance by the legendary Patti LaBelle, who originated the track in 1974 with her band Labelle.
And there's Kendrick Lamar's powerful rendition of "The Blacker The Berry" and "Alright" at the 58th GRAMMY Awards in 2016, a performance that pointedly brought issues surrounding the prison industrial system into focus.
However, Beyoncé, a true showstopper, could take your vote with her golden performance of "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles." Singing while pregnant, Queen Bey managed to defy expectations by literally defying gravity at the GRAMMY Awards in 2017.
Ultimately, it could come down to a 60th GRAMMY Awards performance where Kesha, introduced by Janelle Monaé's #TimesUp speech, brought the house down by singing “Praying” alongside Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Andra Day.