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8 Best Moments From the 2024 Grammy Awards

The 2024 Grammy Awards aired live on Feb. 3 with host Trevor Noah. These were the best moments from the star-studded night. If you missed the night, here’s a complete list of winners.

Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs Singing “Fast Car”

The performance of the night was definitely this unexpected duet from the legendary Tracy Chapman and (the legend in the making) Luke Combs. They came together to sing “Fast Car,” her 1988 track that has stood the test of time. Combs brought it to a new generation when he recorded and released it in 2023. As soon as Chapman started the song on the Grammys stage, she was met with raucous applause. Chapman wore an understated outfit with her biggest accessories being a little sparkle on the sleeve — and her gorgeous smile. She smiled over at Combs as he joined her vocally and they were both met with even more applause. This was a performance enjoyed by everyone and we do mean everyone. Taylor Swift sang and danced as did Jelly Roll and the War and Treaty. This will be a performance we talk about for years to come!

Star-Studded In Memoriam Segment

The In Memoriam segment is always an emotional one but this one was extra special. Stevie Wonder started the segment with a tribute to Tony Bennett. On the stage, Wonder was surrounded by a band and we could see Bennett just over his shoulder. Annie Lennox paid tribute to the incomparable Sinéad O’Connor with “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Lenny Kravitz gave an introduction to the incredible life of Clarence Avant before Jon Batiste got onstage to pay tribute. Batiste’s vocals started on “Ain’t No Sunshine” before going into “Lean On Me” and, finally, turning the stage into what he dubbed a “celebration of life.” The crowd was standing at this point and the In Memoriam segment was nowhere near done.

Oprah Winfrey took the stage next to discuss the “soul and power” of Tina Turner. “She was a special kind of role model,” Winfrey says before adding, “Tina’s voice continues to speak to all of us.” She then introduced Fantasia who would pay tribute to Turner with an upbeat performance that brought everyone to their feet.

Joni Mitchell Performs

Timeless songbird and fearless trailblazer, Joni Mitchell, performed on the Grammy stage for the very first time. “She’s like the first person to strip down at a skinny dipping party,” Brandi Carlile said in her introduction of Mitchell. In that same spirit and with an air of nostalgia, Mitchell, joined by Brandi Carlile, Jacob Collier, Lucius, Blake Mills, Allison Russell and SistaStrings, delivered an iconic, tender yet powerful vocal performance of her song “Both Sides Now” that will last longer than “life’s illusions.”

Taylor Swift Announces New Album

While accepting her 13th Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, Taylor Swift had a big announcement for fans. After thanking the Academy and recognizing that they vote based on fan reaction, she revealed that she’s been keeping a big secret from fans — for two years. “My brand new album comes out April 19,” she said onstage. “It’s called The Tortured Poets Department.”

Jay-Z Cracks Jokes While Accepting the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award

Jay-Z’s impact on the music community was recognized during the 2024 Grammy Awards when he was given the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. Trevor Noah introduced him, reminding the audience they’d need to stand for such an icon. And they did. Jay-Z brought his daughter, Blue Ivy, onstage with him while Beyoncé proudly watched from the audience. “Thank you very much,” were his first words onstage before mentioning that Blue Ivy has her own Grammy Awards now. He thanked those that came before him, even poking fun at their “boycotts” of the Grammy Awards (that just resulted in them watching elsewhere). Jay-Z also made a joke at the Academy, for never giving Beyoncé Album of the Year, despite her being the winningest artist. He then made a few more jokes before getting inspirational and reminding people to show up every single day. He says to show up “until they call you the greatest of all time… you feel me?”

A Celine Dion Surprise!

It was incredible to see Celine Dion at the 2024 Grammy Awards. She was stunning in a gown and a long coat. The crowd (including Taylor Swift) cheered loudly at seeing the icon. “Thank you all. I love you right back. You look beautiful,” Dion said onstage. “When I say that I’m happy to be here, I really mean it from my heart.” Dion was there to present an award she received 27 years prior. Swift won and was in shock as she took the stage with Dion smiling at her. The country turned pop icon brought all of her collaborators onstage, thanking them all.

“I get to work with one of my best friends… who is also a once in a generation producer,” she says of Jack Antonoff. “I’m so lucky.” With that, Swift became the first person to ever win Album of the Year four times!

Afrobeat Takes the Stage for the FIRST TIME!

Burna Boy was a key performance during the 2024 Grammy Awards. In fact, it was the first time Afrobeat was on the main stage at the award show. Read more about that moment and how the genre is finally getting its acknowledgement here.

Billie Eilish + Finneas’ Hauntingly Beautiful Performance

Billie Eilish took the stage in a throwback look, paying homage to the 1965 Poodle Parade Barbie. There, she performed “What Was I Made For” with her equally talented brother, Finneas O’Connell, on piano. They were joined by a handful of violinists for a performance that felt effortless. It was raw, engaging and hauntingly beautiful. “I needed that song,” she said on the red carpet before the show. So did we. So did we.