The best Grammy Awards performances include the most memorable, show-stopping moments in Grammy history. From Michael Jackson's 1988 performance of "Man in the Mirror" to Mary J. Blige's extraordinary performance of "No More Drama" in 2002, this list represents the best of the best of those who have ever hit the Grammy stage. Be sure to vote for your favorites (and vote down those you didn't like).
Over the years, the Grammy Awards have offered viewers amazing performances -- some solo and some collaborations. The collaborations include artists coming together to pay tribute to great musicians who've died (think Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Steve Van Zandt and Elvis Costello doing a rousing rendition of "London Calling" for Joe Strummer in 2003). In 2001, Eminem and Elton John joined forces on the Grammy Awards stage to perform Eminem's hit song "Stan."
Grammy Awards performances can also introduce us to wonderfully talented artists that we might not know. Examples? How about Ricky Martin's hip-shaking, earth-quaking performance of "Cup of Life" on the Grammy Awards in 1999? He was well-known among Latin music fans, but this performance brought him to the world's attention. Quickly. Another example: The 2011 collaboration of Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan
. Many people were introduced to Mumford and the Avetts on the Grammy Awards. And of course, Adele gave a gorgeous performance of "Chasing Pavements" at the 2009 Grammy Awards in a sort of coming out party. In 2012, Adele was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including album and record of the year.
Sometimes, the most unlikely of reunions happen -- bands get back together after years apart. The Grammy Awards stage has seen a number of great performances by reunited musicians, including Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel ("The Sound of Silence") in 2003 and The Police ("Roxanne") in 2007.
Aretha Franklin certainly deserves a spot on this list. In 1998, the Queen of Soul agreed to step in for the ailing Luciano Pavarotti to perform an incredibly powerful and moving version of "Nessun Dorma." She didn't disappoint.
Enjoy this list of the best Grammy Awards performances. Hopefully, after the 2012 Grammy Awards, more performances can be added to it!