Grammys: 10 Most Memorable Performances (Video)

Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston and Paul McCartney's reunion with Ringo Starr are just two of many performances that left a lasting impression.
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When it comes to Grammy performances, you can expect nothing short of grand scale: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' performance last year doubled as a wedding ceremony, while Pink's 2010 stage show mirrored that of a Cirque du Soleil production.

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Revisit some of the most memorable performances from years' past below.

1. Jennifer Hudson – "I Will Always Love You" (2012)

The music industry grieved the death of Whitney Houston when she passed away on the eve of the 54th annual awards show. In a tribute to the legend, Jennifer Hudson put on an emotional performance of "I Will Always Love You" that was met with a standing ovation.

2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – "Same Love" (2014)

In recognition of the LGBT community, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their hit "Same Love" at the 2014 Grammys and used the stage as a public wedding ceremony (officiated by Queen Latifah) for 33 gay couples. Madonna also made an appearance toward the end of the set to perform "Open Your Heart" in front of a crowd of teary newlyweds.

3. Eminem and Elton John – "Stan" (2001)

Eminem was embroiled in controversy surrounding his third album, The Marshall Mathers LP, prior to the 2001 Grammy Awards. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation had deemed the record's lyrics hateful and homophobic and organized a protest against the rapper outside of Staples Center on the night of the show. Eminem faced the criticism head-on with his performance of "Stan," during which he was joined onstage by Elton John.

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4. Beyonce and Tina Turner – "Proud Mary" (2008)

Queen B and the original diva, Tina Turner, performed a duet rendition of Turner's "Proud Mary" at the 2008 awards ceremony. Beyoncé kicked off the set with a rendition of her hit "Déjà vu," all the while paying tribute to female music icons such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross, and was later joined by Turner.

5. Michael Jackson – "The Way You Make Me Feel/Man in the Mirror" (1988)

The Kink of Pop put on a legendary show at the 1988 ceremony, beginning with "The Way You Make Me Feel" and ending with an uplifting performance of "Man in the Mirror" accompanied by a gospel choir.

6. Pink – "Glitter in the Air" (2010)

Pink wowed the audience at the 2010 Grammy Awards when she performed her hit "Glitter in the Air" suspended in mid-air. The singer turned her stage show into a trapeze act, singing even while spinning upside down.

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7. Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott and Patti Labelle – "Lady Marmalade" (2002)

The four female artists took to the stage to perform their collaborative Moulin Rouge single "Lady Marmalade" with the help of two special guests. Missy Elliott made a brief appearance during the set to introduce Patti Labelle, who brought the audience to their feet with her powerhouse vocals.

8. Eric Clapton – "Tears in Heaven" (1993)

When Clapton's 4-year-old son tragically passed away in 1991, the singer recorded "Tears in Heaven" as a tribute. At the 1993 Grammy Awards, Clapton put on a moving performance of the emotional song and took home three Grammys that night for song of the year, record of the year and male pop vocal performance.

9. Gorillaz and Madonna – "Feel Good Inc./Hung Up" (2006)

Virtual band Gorillaz maintained their faceless image at the 2006 awards show, where they appeared as holograms to perform "Feel Good Inc." At the end of the song, a hologram of Madonna joined the band onstage only to be replaced by the real Madonna, who closed the number with her hit song "Hung Up."

10. Paul McCartney – "Queenie Eye" (2014)

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr - Queenie Eye (2014 Grammys - HD) from Guilherme Peternelli on Vimeo.

Half of The Beatles reunited at the 2014 Grammys when McCartney performed his solo track "Queenie Eye" with Ringo Starr behind the drums. Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, was even spotted in the audience dancing along.

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