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P!NK To Kendrick Lamar: 10 GRAMMY Performances That Rocked The 2010s
Look back at 10 of the decade's most memorable moments from Music's Biggest Night
The sun is setting on the 2010s, and as we gear up for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2020, now is the perfect time to look back at a decade of unforgettable GRAMMY performances. From a death-defying aerial stunt to a mass on-stage wedding to a last-minute superstar tribute, here are 10 performances that rocked the GRAMMY stage in the 2010s.
P!nk, “Glitter In The Air (2010)
Visually, it's hard to think of a GRAMMY moment that sticks to the memory quite like watching P!NK soar above the audience at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards and doing suspended pirouettes while singing her hit, "Glitter In The Air." After the striking performance, the singer told Oprah, "I was a gymnast for eight years and I love acrobatics and I've always seen dancers do it behind the singer, but the singer's never done it, so . . . I thought, well, why can't I do it and sing?"
Beyoncé, “If I Were A Boy” & “You Outta Know” (2010)
A force of nature each time she takes the stage, Beyoncé pulled off an extra-powerful medley at the 52nd GRAMMYs, starting with a tender-turned-ruthless slaying of her hit "If I Were A Boy" and then showing off her rock chops by rocket-launching into an unfogettable version of Alanis Morissette's scornful "You Outta Know." After unleashing a full-blown headbang, Bey brought it back to "If I Were A Boy," closing her performance with a delicate reprise of the song, sealing the deal on a GRAMMY moment for the ages.
Mick Jagger & Raphael Saadiq, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” tribute to Solomon Burke (2011)
It was hard to believe your eyes watching Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger dance on and on like the Energizer bunny during an inspired tribute to late soul master Solomon Burke. Brought to another level by the guitar work of Raphael Saadiq, the then-67-year-old Jagger dazzled the GRAMMY audience and would not quit, proving his dance moves and vocal chops are only getting better with age.
Jennifer Hudson’, "I Will Always Love You," tribute to Whitney Houston (2012)
The tragic death of vocal powerhouse Whitney Houston shook the music world to its core on Feb. 11, 2012. The very next day, at the 54th GRAMMY Awards, Jennifer Hudson delivered a last-minute, show-opening tribute to the late singer, taking on the daunting task of singing "I Will Always Love You," which became the best-selling single by a woman in music history. Hudson, who counted Houston as an inspiration and mentor, had received the GRAMMY for Best R&B Album three years earlier, presented to her by Houston.
Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder, "Get Lucky" Medley (2014)
In a funky mash-up of epic proportions, French duo Daft Punk invited legends Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers, plus hitmaker Pharrell Williams, to join them on-stage in a makeshift recording studio to perform the year's biggest hit, "Get Lucky." The dream team then spread the love around, transitioning into Chic's "Le Freak," Wonder's "Another Star" and even tossing in bits of Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" on their way to crafting a truly once-in-a-lifetime GRAMMY moment.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love" (2014)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' unifying anthem "Same Love" served as the backdrop for 33 weddings during the 56th GRAMMY Awards. Officiated by Queen Latifah, the weddings included gay and straight couples. The performance also featured the one-and-only Madonna, Mary Lambert and Trombone Shorty in a celebratory moment of love and equality that many will never forget.
Juanes, "Juntos" (2015)
Colombian rock superstar Juanes turned heads at the 57th GRAMMY Awards, becoming the first artist in 10 years to perform a song on the GRAMMY stage in Spanish with his single "Juntos." Introduced by Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez, the performance was the first in Spanish since Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony sang “Escapémonos” a decade earlier. Juanes was recently honored by the Latin Recording Academy as their Person Of The Year for his "creative artistry, unprecedented humanitarian efforts, support for rising artists, and philanthropic contributions to the world."
Kesha, "Praying" (2018)
Leading an incredible group of singers including Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha, Kesha made one of the most powerful statements of the Time's Up movement with her performance of "Praying" at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. Dressed in all white and introduced by Janelle Monáe with the powerful words, “We come in peace, but we mean business,” Kesha and crew sent a wave of uplifting support and inspiration to women everywhere.
“I just want to say that I needed this song in a very real way,” Kesha said following the historic performance. “I’m so proud and nervous and overwhelmed to be performing it at the GRAMMYs on Sunday, and if you need it I hope this song finds you.”
Kendrick Lamar, Opening Medley (2018)
Opening a GRAMMY telecast comes with a lot of pressure. Kendrick Lamar rose to the occasion in 2018, delivering a powerful medley with a message of his songs "XXX" and "DNA," plus his recent verses from Rich the Kid’s “New Freezer” and Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead.” Lamar enlisted help from U2's Bono and The Edge, as well as GRAMMY-winning comedian Dave Chappelle, who made two edgy and poignant interruptions, adding a touch of levity and comedy to an unforgettable GRAMMY moment. On a night where DAMN. earned him a total of seven nominations, to many, Lamar had already won the GRAMMYs just six minutes into the show.
Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Arturo Sandoval & Young Thug (2019)
One year after Lamar's opening statement, a trio of Latin artists kicked things off, officially ushering in the biggest Latin pop takeover in 20 years. Transporting the audience to Cuba, Cabello dropped the catchy hook to her hit "Havana" while navigating an elaborate two-story stage set. Young Thug, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, J Balvin and an electrifying crew of dancers would join Cabello on stage for Balvin's "Mi Gente," whipping up a tough-to-top opening number that had people all over the globe dancing.
Who will kick off the 2020s with unforgettable performances? Find out by tuning in to the 62nd GRAMMY Awards live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards
Dreamville, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, and YBN Cordae all earn nominations in the category
The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.
Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville
Dreamers III, the third installment in the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved gold status this past July. In addition to a Best Rap Album nod, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for album track “Down Bad,” featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy.
Championships – Meek Mill
In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical homecoming for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s first artist album following a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackling social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second chart-topper following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, and reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill's 2020 Best Rap Album nod marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.
i am > i was – 21 Savage
Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage dropped i am > i was, his second solo artist album, at the end of 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and many others, has since charted around the world, topped the Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in the beginning of 2019, and achieved gold status in the U.S. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s 2020 Best Rap Album nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance nods for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, "Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top rap category.
IGOR – Tyler, The Creator
The eccentric Tyler, The Creator kicked off a massive 2019 with his mid-year album, IGOR. Released this past May, IGOR, Tyler’s fifth solo artist album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while its lead single, "Earfquake,” peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced in full by Tyler and featuring guest spots from fellow rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGOR follows the rapper’s 2017 album, Flower Boy, which received the Best Rap Album nod that same year.
The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae
Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, a member of the breakout YBN rap collective, released his debut album, The Lost Boy, to widespread critical acclaim this past July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and others, plus production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The Lost Boy now notches two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for album track “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance the Rapper.
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Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour
El Mal Querer Tour, named after the Spanish pop star's latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances
Rosalía is set to perform at some of the most popular music festivals around the globe, including Primavera Sound in Spain, Lollapalooza (Argentina and Chile) and Coachella, but the Spanish pop star isn't stopping there when she gets to the States. Now, she has announced her first solo North American Tour with a string of dates that will bring her to select cities in the U.S. and Canada.
El Mal Querer Tour, named after her latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances. Then she'll play San Francisco on April 22, New York on April 30 and close out in Toronto on May 2.
"I’m so happy to announce my first solo North American tour dates," the singer tweeted.
Rosalía won Best Alternative Song and Best Fusion/ Urban Interpretation at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards in November and has been praised for bringing flamenco to the limelight with her hip-hop and pop beats. During her acceptance speech she gave a special shout-out to female artists who came before her, including Lauryn Hill and Bjork.
Rosalía has been getting some love herself lately, most notably from Alicia Keys, who gave the Spanish star a shout-out during an acceptance speech, and Madonna, who featured her on her Spotify International Women's Day Playlist.
Tickets for the tour go on sale March 22. For more tour dates, visit Rosalía's website.
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Taylor Swift Plots 2020 World Tour With U.S. Dates For Lover Fest East & West
Following dates in Europe and South America, Swift will land in the U.S. for Lover Fest East and West, where the pop star will open Los Angeles' brand new stadium
Taylor Swift will be spreading the love in support of her hit album Lover.in 2020, but it may or may not be in a city near you. The GRAMMY winner announced plans for her summer 2020 tour in support of her seventh studio album, including two shows each in Foxborough, Mass. and Los Angeles for Lover Fest East and West respectively as the only four U.S. dates announced so far.
The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic. I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East + West! https://t.co/xw6YMN38WE pic.twitter.com/IhVPQ8DMUG— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) September 17, 2019
The tour kicks off in Belgium on June 20 and hits festivals in seven European countries before heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 18 then heading to U.S. Swift will then present Lover Fest West with back-to-back Los Angeles July 25 and 26 at the newly named SoFi Stadium. The concerts will serve as the grand opening of the much-anticipated NFL venue. The tour will wrap a double header at Gillette Stadiuim in Foxborough July 31 and Aug 1
"The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic," she tweeted. "I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East + West!"
Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster on Oct. 17.