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ARTIST: Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Bebe Rexha
Kesha's autobiographical anthem hit a powerful note at the GRAMMY Awards® in 2018 as she and some of pop's best female vocalists delivered a spine-tingling rendition.
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ARTIST: Kanye West
SONG: "Stronger" / "Hey Mama"
Kanye West performed a rendition of "Stronger" with a rearranged "Hey Mama" in tribute of his late mother. A new hook—"Last night I saw you in my dreams/Now I can't wait to go to sleep"—helped make it one of the most affecting moments of his career, and of GRAMMYs history.
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Heart and soul
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ARTIST: Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone
SONG: "Cry Baby" / "Piece of My Heart"
Joss Stone performed her half of this Janis Joplin tribute admirably, but Melissa Etheridge stunned audiences with her raw, uninhibited, and emotional rendition of "Piece of My Heart."
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ARTIST: Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, and Steven Van Zandt
SONG: "London Calling"
Four rock superstars—Steven Van Zandt, Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello—convened for a tribute to The Clash's late Joe Strummer.
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ARTIST: Elton John and Eminem
As Eminem's star continued to rise, his controversial lyrics drew ire. Whether it was savvy marketing or true kinship, the rapper's poignant duet with Elton John made for can't-miss TV.
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ARTIST: Aretha Franklin
SONG: "Nessun Dorma"
A legendary musical moment from the GRAMMY Awards in 1998: Aretha Franklin stepped in for ill tenor Luciano Pavarotti and performed his famous aria "Nessun Dorma."
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ARTIST: Bob Dylan
SONG: "Love Sick"
The Bard's dour blues-rock assumed an unexpected tone when one of his stage extras tore his shirt, lunged to the fore, and danced enthusiastically with "SOY BOMB" drawn in marker on his chest. All the better: a steely Bob Dylan ignored the interloper completely, dead focused on his somber song.
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ARTIST: Stevie Wonder
SONG: "You Haven't Done Nothin'"
Selecting Stevie Wonder's greatest GRAMMYs performance is a fool's errand—remember his 2014 superjam with Pharrell, Daft Punk, and Nile Rodgers?—but the politically aware funk song he performed is a worthy choice.
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ARTIST: Bonnie Raitt
SONG: "I Can't Make You Love Me"
Bonnie Raitt didn't have to make viewers love her. Her unadorned, quietly masterful performance—far from the gaudy spectacles that often dominate the GRAMMYs— earned accolades on its own.
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ARTIST: Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand
SONG: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"
Undeniable energy crackled between the brilliant vocalists as they inched closer to one another throughout their sublime duet. Amazingly, it was the first time Babs and Neil performed the tune together.
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