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Music - Jan 11, 2017

4 GRAMMY Award Performances that Earned Standing Ovations

Will this year’s nominees top these unforgettable musical acts?

Beyonce and Jay-Z at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards (photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images.)

The GRAMMY Awards® rarely disappoint when it comes to standout musical numbers, and we hope this year will be no different. But can 2017 nominees like Rihanna, Drake, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande top the most epic moments in musical history? Here’s a flashback to some of the most jaw-dropping performances we’ve seen yet – all of which have earned multiple rounds of applause.

1. Beyoncé & Jay-Z, “Drunk in Love,” 2014

It’s all about the lemonade now, but we still remember when Beyoncé was into the watermelon. In 2014, the power couple gave us a risqué routine that started with Beyoncé singing and dancing on a rotating chair before being accompanied by her rapper husband. Needless to say, their combined musical talent and steamy chemistry had the crowd going wild all night.

2. Eminem and Elton John, “Stan,” 2001

The 43rd GRAMMY Awards® pleasantly surprised us all with one of the most unexpected collaborations to hit the music industry. While many expected rapper Eminem to perform his hit song “Stan,” few could have predicted that he’d be accompanied by legendary musician Elton John. After an astounding duet, the pair embraced and joined hands as they received a standing ovation.

3. Pink, “Glitter in the Air,” 2010

Anyone who’s still under the impression that singing while twerking is an impressive talent needs to take a look back at Pink’s vocal-trapeze act in 2010. The singer-songwriter gave an impressive live performance of “Glitter in the Air” while spinning upside down in the air like a graceful acrobatic pro.

4. Adele, “Rolling in the Deep,” 2012

Musical performances that bring out the theatrics (à la Lady Gaga and Katy Perry) are extremely entertaining, but sometimes all you really need is one amazing voice to steal the show. When Adele first returned to the stage after undergoing vocal-cord surgery in 2011, the British songstress brought everyone to their feet and cheering on her comeback.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ceremony will air on February 12, 8:00 p.m. ET on City.

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