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Grammy Performance of the Day/Michael Jackson/”Bad” Medley

To say the 1988 Grammy Awards aren’t a piece of music history would be a huge understatement because holy shit…they most certainly are. 

Not only did U2’s world-changing The Joshua Tree set win Album of the Year, but Ms. Jody Watley snatched it all for Best New Artist and our oh, so dearly departed Ms. Whitney Houston’s opening performance of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” only solidified her big win for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance that night. 

However, the true show stopping moment of the now three decade old evening (!!) occurred when the big, Bad maestro himself, Mr. Michael Jackson, took the stage to serve us with all kinds of life thanks to a career defining medley including “Man in the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and the record’s classic title track. 

While the rousing ten minute (!!) set became another exceptionally solidified reason as to why MJ will forever be the King of Pop, much to everyone’s surprise, Bad was completely shut out of every major category it was nominated in, which was rather shocking as it was this record where Jackson became–and is still is–the only male artist in Billboard chart history (Katy Perry claimed the diva crown with 2010’s Teenage Dream) to land five consecutive number one singles from one album. 

While we’ll never know why MJ only took home the Grammy for Best Engineered Non-Classical Album (say what?) that night, what we do know is that it really doesn’t matter because it’s performances like this one–and pretty much every other one he gave us–are the reason why everyone who takes that Grammy stage doesn’t hold a candle (although some have come close…but no) to what MJ bought on that legendary night thirty years ago as it will forever be in a magically BAD class of its own.

 

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Grammy Performance of the Day/Lady Gaga/”Born This Way”

We all know how it goes…..

……….there’s Grammy performances and then there’s Lady Gaga Grammy performances, which have more than proven over her now decade long career (yes The Fame is turning 10 this year and yes, you’re that old) to be some of the most fascinatingly bizarre and weirdly fabulous spectacles that we’ve ever witnessed in our entire pearl clutching lives. 

That statement certainly resides true in the future Las Vegas owning diva’s 2010 Grammy performance of “Born This Way” because you know…..the egg. 

While Ms. Germanotta’s performance of her still oh, so relevant anthem was absolutely Gaga-centric in all ways possible, it was her arrival on the red carpet straight from the supermarket that was just too far out-of-this-world (or should we say-out-of-this-chicken?)  for anyone to take seriously.

And if you did, you’re only kidding yourself because if Ryan Seacrest couldn’t, there’s no way you–or anyone–did for that matter. 

While we may never know if Gaga was truly incubating in that thing for three days (she spilled with Billboard that she really was..but where did she…oh, never mind, by the way, like, where is it??), we’re so lucky she’s toned down her bat-shit crazy ways as evident in her recent block buster Grammy nominated album, Joanne, which has certainly worked in all of the right ways….unlike that fucking egg. 

See you on the Grammy main stage this Sunday, gurl. 

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Grammy Performances of the Day/Adele/”Hello”/”Fastlove”

Are you ready for some……..Grammy action? 

Yes, before we get down to next weekend’s bigger-than-big Super Bowl showdown (anyone know who’s in it?? Of course we do…f@cking go, Birds!), the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be singing their way into our lives at 8 pm this Sunday on CBS. 

And no, you’re not losing your mind, they’re on in January this year to avoid scheduling complications with the 2018 Winter Olympics,  which will be airing on the network a few weeks later.

So, with that being said, the time is, like, right now to get all sorts of prepped up for this weekend’s show (check out the full list of nominees right here) to see how many more Grammys Bruno Mars and Jay Z will be placing on their mantle (Alessia Cara for Best New Artist?) and of course, just what everyone will be wearing as the fashion on display is just as important as to who’s going to snatch the whole entire evening in the palm of their musical hand. 

But alas……the performances that take place on music’s biggest night are truly what we come for, and this year is certainly no exception as Lady Gaga, P!nk, Childish Gambino, Little Big Town, Ben Platt, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, SZA, Kesha, Kendrick Lamar, U2, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne are all set to take the Super Bowl, err, (not there yet…), Grammy stage this Sunday to serving us with an evening that music fans from all over the globe will never forget. 

Before we all get to break 2018 Grammy tea mugs, it’s always delightful and most highly appropriate to take a gander back to past performances and scene stealing moments, as much is the case when last year’s show can be summed up in one word…Adele. Not only did the 25 diva big up five trophies that night including Album, Record and Song of the Year, but she gave us not one, but two legendary performances. 

First, opening up the ceremony with a slaying and soaring performance of “Hello,” which was followed a tad bit later with a tribute to the late and forever great George Michael with a performance of “Fastlove.” But much to our dismay, this wasn’t just another spectacular performance from the English Breakfast tea sipping diva because when it didn’t start off to her own perfection, Adele took care of business the only way she knows how…by being fucking Adele and cursing on live television. Priceless. 

However….while those moments come oh, so close, the moment Adele truly stole the show occurred at the very end of the night when 25 took home the Album of the Year trophy in which the “Rolling in the Deep” songstress accepted her trophy…and then broke off a piece for her new bestie, Beyoncé, and Emma Gerber, too!

Delivering an empowering speech, Adele spilled to Bey how the award should be hers and how she didn’t understand how Lemonade didn’t win as it was–and still is–a dominating force to be reckoned with. This was quickly followed by the “Set Fire to the Rain” owner literally breaking her Grammy into pieces for the world to see while at the same time giving us a timeless moment that quickly became a heavenly slice of music history.

Only at the Grammys, kids. So, who’s ready for this Sunday? Everyone. 

Cover photo courtesy of The Indian Express