This year’s Grammy Awards were all about the performances. The three and a half hour show was dedicated to live music with a few awards sprinkled in between. With so many artists gracing the stage, it was easy to forget what happened at the beginning by the end.
We’re reliving what we consider to be the 10 Best Performances at the 2018 Grammys.
Emmylou Harris and Chris Stapleton
Legendary country singer Emmylou Harris and multiple Grammy Award winner Chris Stapleton came together for a special performance on Sunday night. Together they harmonized on Tom Petty‘s “Wildflowers.” They both played acoustic guitars — and that was all they needed. The moment transformed from a Petty tribute to an In Memoriam that included Cranberries‘ Dolores O’Riordian.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
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#Repost @luisfonsi – No nos vamos con las manos vacías esta noche. Romper la barrera del idioma y unir al mundo con una canción es el mejor premio que uno puede ganar. Sigamos compartiendo nuestra cultura y nuestra música latina con el mundo entero. Gracias por apoyarnos, esto es solo el comienzo. #Grammys #LuisFonsi #DaddyYankee #Despacito #Latinos #QueVivaLaMusicaLatina #LasPervertidasDeFonsi
“Despacito” was one of the biggest songs last year and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee brought it to the Grammys stage. There was no Justin Bieber during this performance so it wasn’t as catchy as the radio remix you can’t avoid, but it was still pretty amazing. Fonsi told Billboard, “I’m so proud to be sort of representing Latin music and to be able to get the world to sing and dance a little bit, and to sing in Spanish.”
Elton John and Miley Cyrus
Elton John sat at a black piano (adorned with a white rose) during the Grammys. He tickled the keys for his classic song, “Tiny Dancer.” He was dressed in gems and studded sunglasses — and we were here for it. Even more than his fashion, we loved his performance. Miley Cyrus eventually joined him onstage, to sing a few verses before harmonizing on the chorus. They weren’t perfect as a duo but, let’s be honest, we love anything with Sir Elton John.
It’s not easy to sing a sultry song like “Terrified” live, especially during a show like the Grammys. Childish Gambino nailed his performance, though, and left us wanting more. He hit some impressive high notes before bringing JD McCrary along to sing with him.
Chuck Berry and Fats Domino Tribute
Gary Clark, Jr. and Jon Batiste gave a rockin’ performance during the 2018 Grammys. They joined together to pay tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. This was an impressive tribute and a great reminder of how our music has evolved over the years.
DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
“Wild Thoughts” is another one of 2017’s catchy songs that you just can’t escape. It came to life at the 2018 Grammys with DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. Ri Ri looked like the senorita emoji complete with some sexy dance moves and her powerful vocals. Rihanna was the real star of this performance.
Bruno Mars and Cardi B
Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse” is a hot pop track that’s climbing the charts and this was a performance that music fans couldn’t wait for! They brought retro vibes, a party atmosphere and even an incredible dance break from Mars. It was a great reminder that he’s an insanely talented individual.
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If you were unable to watch the stunner Kendrick Lamar dropped at the opening of the Grammy’s tonight… you missed a man so ahead of his time light up the world with his fearlessness!!#rumbleyoungmanrumble#KendrickLamar#redhoodieshootout#historicGrammys#damn#DNA#Kingsdead#XXX
Kendrick Lamar got things started at this year’s Grammys. He had a statement to make but that didn’t stop him from having Dave Chappelle interject humor and truth during the performance. “I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man being honest in America is being an honest black man in America,” Chappelle told the audience. The female drummer that set off pyro with a beat of the drum was another highlight of this epic performance.
Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson
Lady Gaga started her performance with Mark Ronson at a feather-covered piano. “This is for my father’s late sister, Joanne,” she said onstage. “This is for love and compassion, even when you can’t understand.” She played the piano version of “Joanne” before eventually transitioning to “Million Reasons” and blowing everyone away vocally.
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#Powerful performance at the #grammys #sisterhood #kesha .🖤. #timesup @iiswhoiis the song performed: "Praying" was written by Kesha with #BenAbraham, #AndrewJoslyn, and its producer, #Lewis. Inspired by suicidal thoughts she has had in the past, Kesha said that "Praying" is about hoping that people can heal. "Praying" was written to showcase the singer's vocal range and to represent her as a person, and also features her nearly screaming at the top of her register. Various reviewers suggested that the song is about #DrLuke, whom Kesha accused of sexual assault and emotional abuse in a lawsuit. #mcmalikes
Before Kesha‘s performance, all fans knew was that she would perform, “Praying.” She did so much more than that. She brought Andra Day, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Julia Michaels and the Resistance Revival Chorus to join her in a powerful movement onstage. It was powerful. It was moving. It was the biggest #MeToo statement we saw at the Grammys. It ended with Kesha in tears and the women joining around to support her with a warm hug.
Out of these 10 performances, which was your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.