10 Greatest Grammy Performances of All Time

The 59th annual Grammy Awards were held on February 12. While the awards seem to lose more and more of their credibility with each year that passes — you can’t give a music prize to Justin Bieber and still expect people to take you seriously — music’s biggest night has been the host to some truly incredible performances over the years.

One of the coolest things about the Grammys is the awards show’s tendency to bring together some unexpected collaborations, amazing tributes, and triumphant returns to the stage. Here’s a list of the 10 best Grammy performances of all time (so far).

1. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”


Adele performs onstage | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS

Adele took the stage at the 2012 Grammy Awards after canceling part of her 2011 tour to have throat surgery that put her voice in jeopardy. To prove that she had healed just fine, Adele began “Rolling in the Deep” a cappella, and by the end of her performance, she convinced everyone that not even vocal cord surgery could damage her pipes. Adele’s performance bucked the trend for female pop stars to use the Grammys as a platform to give over-the-top performances while wearing as little clothing as possible, giving us all hope that you can still win a pop Grammy on the grounds of vocal talent alone. Adele went on to win all six Grammys she was nominated for that night, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

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