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Top 8 Grammy Performances

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With the announcement of the nominees for the 2017 ceremony, we can feel Grammy season is upon us. And while it’s easy now to be caught up in who will win and who got snubbed, the most important part of the Grammy Awards – and what sticks with us years after the fact – is the performances. Let’s take a look back at the most important and show-stealing moments in the show’s history (you can download these songs for free on the Trebel app in the link at the bottom).

1. Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man in the Mirror” (1988)

Most artists need to pull out the stops and do something exceptionally special for the Grammys. Michael Jackson simply needed to show up and put on a Michael Jackson performance.

2. Eric Clapton “Tears in Heaven” (1993) 

Though we tend to expect show-stopping, high energy extravaganzas for the award show format, sometimes the polar opposite can be just as effective. The legendary guitarist stripped things down for his tribute to his recently deceased four-year-old son Conor with an emotional performance of “Tears in Heaven,” which would also snag Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

3. Eminem and Elton John “Stan” (2001)

Eminem was without a doubt the hottest and most talked about music figure on the planet in 2001, fueled by both praise for the microphone skills and criticism against his harsh and controversial anti-gay lyrics demonstrated on what is arguably his best album, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). Pairing with Elton John to sing the hook on “Stan” didn’t just prove to be a sound musical choice, but also sparked even more intrigue about the rapper’s alleged homophobic stance.

4. Adele “Rolling in the Deep” (2012)

Another example of an artist whose talent is so undeniable that all they have to do is really show up and do their thing. This 2012 performance solidified Adele as a vocal force to be reckoned with.

5. Amy Winehouse “You Know That I’m No Good” and “Rehab” (2008)

The brilliant singer’s struggle with substance abuse that would eventually bring her life’s story to a tragic end also prevented her from attending the 2008 Grammy awards, as she was legally not allowed to leave England following drug charges. Winehouse instead performed via satellite, tearing through incredible renditions of two of the standout songs from her break-through album Back to Black. That year, she won Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.

6. The Clash Tribute “London Calling” (2003)

If you’re going to pay tribute to one of the greatest punk rock bands, what better way to do so than with an all-star supergroup made up of Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, and Steven Van Zandt?

7. The Police “Roxanne” (2007)

Everybody loves a good televised reunion – including when Sting and company reformed for this smoking performance of one of their biggest hits before embarking on a world reunion tour.

8. Kanye West “Hey Mama” (2008) 

Kanye tends to get associated with award shows for other reasons, but in 2008 the rapper showcased a more tender side with a loving performance of his 2005 song “Hey Mama” as a spirited tribute to the recent passing of his mother Donda West.

We’ve got all these jams available for free download on the Trebel app.  Check it here!

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