Top 10 GRAMMY Performances Since 2010
January 21, 2014 | 6:23pm
January 21, 2014 | 6:23pm
ON THE CHARTS
With only a few days left until the 56th GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, we're counting down the top ten artists who have taken the GRAMMY stage in recent years.
10. Adele - "Rolling in the Deep" (2012)
Four months after her surgery, Adele made her comeback to live performing at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012. The singer received a standing ovation for her performance of "Rolling in the Deep". Later that evening, she went on to win all six of her nominations (including Record, Song, and Album of the Year).
9. Lady Gaga & Elton John - "Poker Face", "Speechless", "Your Song" (2010)
At the 52nd GRAMMY Awards, five-time nominee that night (and two-time winner) Lady Gaga opened the show with what looked like would be another one of her publicity stunts to gain attention from the media. And it was—until she brought out Elton John for a medley of the duo's hits.
8. Maroon 5 & Alicia Keys - "Daylight", "Girl on Fire" (2013)
Just this past year, Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys took the GRAMMY stage together for a mash-up of their songs. Maroon 5 started off with "Daylight", and Alicia Keys joined them with drums for "Girl on Fire". Towards the end of the performance, the songs mashed for a truly memorable GRAMMY moment.
7. Cee Lo Green & Gwyneth Paltrow - "F**k You" (2011)
Back in 2011, when Cee Lo Green's "F**k You" took over worldwide radio, he was nominated for four GRAMMYs (including Song of the Year). Cee Lo was then invited to perform on the show, and was joined by Gwyneth Paltrow and the Henson Company Puppets.
6. Jennifer Hudson - "I Will Always Love You" (2012)
The day after the tragic death of Whitney Houston, the GRAMMY producers had to quickly put together a tribute for Houston. Her close friend Jennifer Hudson was then invited to perform "I Will Always Love You"—arguably Houston's most well-known song—on the show the next day. She received a standing ovation for the performance.
5. Eminem, Adam Levine, Rihanna, Skylar Grey & Dr. Dre - "Love The Way You Lie (Part II)", "I Need a Doctor" (2011)
Representing the field of hip-hop, Eminem took the GRAMMY stage in 2011 with Rihanna, Skylar Grey and Dr. Dre. They were joined by Adam Levine on the piano while Rihanna opened with "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)". She then walked toward the stage, where Eminem performed his verse of the song.
4. Rihanna & Coldplay - "We Found Love", "Princess of China", "Paradise" (2012)
Rihanna is no stranger to the GRAMMYs, having won six awards in her career. In 2012, she performed a very energetic version of "We Found Love", before being joined by Chris Martin of Coldplay for the duet "Princess of China". Martin then walked over to his side of the stage, where his band was waiting to perform "Paradise".
3. Ed Sheeran & Elton John - "The A Team" (2013)
Ed Sheeran and Elton John proved they were the ultimate 'A team' at the 55th GRAMMYs in 2013. The duo took the stage shortly after host LL Cool J's opening monologue, and ended with a standing ovation from the crowd. The song was also nominated for Song of the Year.
2. Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Sting, Damian Marley & Ziggy Marley - "Locked Out of Heaven", "Walking on the Moon", "Could You Be Loved" (2013)
At the 55th GRAMMY Awards in 2013, Bruno Mars began his "Locked Out of Heaven" performance with Sting, before being joined by Rihanna and the Marley brothers for an unforgettable Bob Marley tribute.
1. P!nk - "Glitter in the Air" (2010)
Our no. 1 spot goes to none other than Billboard's Woman of the Year, P!nk. In 2010, she took the GRAMMY stage to perform "Glitter in the Air". She made her way into the audience, and up to the smaller stage in the center of the arena, where dancers were waiting to put her in a harness and fly her around the stage. She was then dipped in a pool of water and sprayed the audience. Overall, it was arguably one of the most memorable GRAMMY performances to date.