Unforgettable Grammy Moments of All Time and Ultimate Favorites From This Year
Iconic, can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head performances, that emotional Adele and Beyoncé moment and more
Lady Gaga is Lady Gaga, and whatever she does, it’s bound to make it to any epic list because there’s no denying she’s an extraordinary artist. But our unforgettable Mother Monster Grammy moment has to be her bedazzling and emotional tribute to David Bowie in 2016.
When the pop icon sings, we listen. When she performs, the world comes to a full stop; just like that time she stormed the Grammys stage flanked by an army of Givenchy-masked minotaurs to perform her single Living for Love in 2015. How does Madonna end a jaw-dropping performance? By ascending into the heavens of course.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Every Beyoncé performance is forever. But when Queen Bey owns the stage with Jay-Z, our minds are completely blown. Throwback to the power couple’s steamy Drunk in Love performance in 2014. ‘Nuff said.
2012 was the year of Adele. Sweeping 6 awards—Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video—the songstress proved she deserved it all when she gave a no-frills but powerful performance of Rolling in the Deep. But this year, the British artist did more than just win five Grammys. She broke her award in half and gave it to Beyoncé because the artist’s Grammy snub is downright unacceptable. We love you Adele.
Beyoncé is and will always be queen. The artist, who was nominated for nine awards this year, of which she took home two—Best Music Video for Formation and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade—was undoubtedly the woman of the night. Throw in her ethereal performance of Love Drought and Sandcastles whilst wearing a head-to-toe glittering gold ensemble and a levitating chair, and you get a visual spectacle you can never, ever forget.
Click here to watch the full performance.
Because what’s an awards night without some show stopping fashion? Who could forget Cher’s skin-baring separates in airy white in 1974 or Michael Jackson’s bedazzling look in 1984? J.Lo’s deep V Versace number in the early 2000s, Katy Perry in pure white in 2012 and Kim Kardashian West in a boudoir-inspired style by Jean Paul Gaultier make it to our list of favorites, too.
The biggest night in music is always made better by rousing speeches and well, Kanye West moments, like that time he announced he’ll be running for President in 2020. Seriously though, our favorite speeches include that of Hillary Clinton, who won a Spoken Word Grammy in ‘97:
“I’m amazed. I didn’t even know that Grammys were given to tone-deaf singers like me.”
Then Lauryn Hill’s timeless acceptance speech in ’99:
“None of this stuff makes us who we are. Don’t pollute who you are because you come from a source, a very important source, and that’s God. I’ve been around the world, thank God, because the music has taken me that far, and I see that everything we do influences everybody around the world…Think about the ghettos of our own cities and our own towns of where we from. The kids are so influenced and inspired by what we do.”
But by far, we think Adele’s speech this year still takes the cake. And Bey agrees.