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The 10 Most Iconic Performances in Grammys History

With the 57th annual Grammys taking place tonight, we are taking a look back at the 10 most iconic performances in Grammys history. We’ve seen everything from marching bands, to laser shows, to acrobatics in mid-air—and can’t wait to see what tonight’s event will show us.

1. Eminem and Elton John – 2001


Who saw this one coming? The two performers joined forces for a powerful rendition of the rapper’s hit song “Stan” at the 2001 Grammys. At the time, Eminem was under fire for his album “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which featured homophobic language. Elton John agreed to perform with him in hopes of changing society’s idea that Eminem’s music represented his true beliefs.

2. Mary J. Blige – 2002


Mary J. Blige gave a moving performance of her song “No More Drama,” a hit that vows to end the drama and pain in her life. The song was written while Blige was recovering from additions and abusive relationships.

3. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil’ Kim, and Mya – 2002


These ladies stole the show with their racy rendition of “Lady Marmalade” in 2002. With elaborate costumes and a decked-out stage, the ladies nailed the “Moulin Rouge” classic. Not to mention, Missy Elliot and Patti LaBelle joined the ladies on stage, making the moment even more unforgettable.

4. Gorillaz, Madonna, and De La Soul – 2006


The start of the 48th Grammys was different and completely strange—but in a good way. Animated act Gorillaz performed the Record of the Year-nominated “Feel Good Inc.” with the help of the real De La Soul and a hologram of Madonna.

5. Chris Brown – 2007


This was the Chris Brown everyone fell in love with; the young boy with killer moves. His 2007 performance of chart-topper hit “Run It” included charming vocals and acrobatic dancing. His career took off in a whole new way after the performance.

6. Kanye West and Daft Punk – 2008


With the 2007 release of “Stronger” by Kanye West, it was only a matter of time before the performers came together for a knock-out show. Daft Punk joined Kanye for a special light show performance of “Stronger” at the 50th Grammys in 2008.

7. Radiohead and the USC Marching Band – 2009


Radiohead pulled through their first-ever Grammy performance with the help of the University of Southern California’s marching band. Radiohead’s “15 Step” was a magical combination of percussion, melody and heavy lyrics.

8. Pink – 2010


Talk about a balancing act! Pink stepped out at the 52nd Grammys in a skin-tight bodysuit and gave a perfect live vocal performance of her hit “Glitter in the Air”—all while spinning gracefully through the air in a sheet hanging above the stage.

9. Adele – 2012


The 2009 Grammy Award-winner for Best New Artist gave an unforgettable comeback performance of “Rolling in the Deep” at the 2012 show after suffering a vocal-cord hemorrhage. She also won all six Grammy Awards she was nominated for.

10. Jennifer Hudson – 2012


When Whitney Houston pasted away the day before the 2012 Grammys, Jennifer Hudson was called upon for a tribute at the award show. Never mind the short notice—Hudson, preforming Houston’s hit song “I Will Always Love You,” delivered a moving performance that brought the audience to their feet. 

Who are you most excited to watch tonight, collegiettes?

Krysta is a National News Blogger at Her Campus. While working toward a Media Studies degree at Central Michigan University, her work has been featured in the Homeless Voice newspaper and USA TODAY College Edition. Away from writing, she is involved in  the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, volunteers at women's shelters and loves early morning yoga. Follow Krysta on twitter @kryloftis 
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