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Top 10 GRAMMY Performances That Are Music To Our Ears

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Girl power

Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Bebe Rexha at the GRAMMY Awards in 2018.

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ARTIST: Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Bebe Rexha

SONG: "Praying"

YEAR: 2018

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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Remember me

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ARTIST: Kanye West

SONG: "Stronger" / "Hey Mama"

YEAR: 2008

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

Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone at the GRAMMY Awards in 2005.

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ARTIST: Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone

SONG: "Cry Baby" / "Piece of My Heart"

YEAR: 2005

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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Rock tribute

Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, and Steven Van Zandt at the GRAMMY Awards in 2003.

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ARTIST: Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, and Steven Van Zandt

SONG: "London Calling"

YEAR: 2003

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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Dynamic duo

Elton John and Eminem at GRAMMY Awards in 2001.

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ARTIST: Elton John and Eminem

SONG: "Stan"

YEAR: 2001

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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Opera star

Aretha Franklin at the GRAMMY Awards in 1998.

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ARTIST: Aretha Franklin

SONG: "Nessun Dorma"

YEAR: 1998

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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Soy bomb

Bob Dylan at the GRAMMY Awards in 1998.

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ARTIST: Bob Dylan

SONG: "Love Sick"

YEAR: 1998

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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Hit wonder

Stevie Wonder at the GRAMMY Awards in 1975.

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ARTIST: Stevie Wonder

SONG: "You Haven't Done Nothin'"

YEAR: 1975

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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Music maven

Bonnie Raitt at GRAMMY Awards in 1992.

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ARTIST: Bonnie Raitt

SONG: "I Can't Make You Love Me"

YEAR: 1992

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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Dreamy duet

Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand at the GRAMMY Awards in 1980.

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ARTIST: Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand

SONG: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"

YEAR: 1980

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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