Grammys: Watch 9 of the Most Memorable Acceptance Speeches

1:59 PM 1/25/2018

by Kara Haar

With the 60th annual edition of the show approaching, THR takes a look at a few of the past winners' remarks.

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Grammy speeches are always a surprise for the audience — and sometimes even for the winners. From Adele’s 2013 stage crasher to Yoko Ono's being left speechless, anything can happen.

Ahead of the 60th annual Grammy Awards, airing Sunday, take a look back at a few of the most memorable speeches from the past.

  • Yoko Uno

    1982 Album of the Year

    Yoko Ono and her son accepted the album of the year award for Double Fantasy on behalf of her and her late husband, John Lennon, who was murdered only the year before. She was emotional and speechless. "I think John is with us here today. Both John and I were always very proud and happy that we were part of the human race. He made good music for the Earth and for the universe."

  • Michael Jackson

    1993 Legend Award

    Janet Jackson presented her big brother with the Legend Award at the 1993 Grammys. She was emotional as she told him how much she loved him. “I hope this puts to rest another rumor that has been in the press for too many years,” he said in his remarks. “Me and Janet really are two different people.”

  • Hillary Clinton

    1997 Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album

    At the time, Hillary Clinton was First Lady of the United States. She accepted the Grammy for best spoken word or non-musical album for "It Takes a Village." “I’m amazed. I didn’t even know that Grammys were given to tone-deaf singers like me," she said.

  • Will Smith

    1998 Best Rap Solo Performance

    In 1989, Will Smith and musical partner DJ Jazzy Jeff boycotted the Grammy Awards after learning that the presentation of the award for the new category of best rap performance wouldn't be televised.They ultimately won the Grammy, for "Parents Just Don't Understand." He didn’t attend the Grammys again in 1992, explaining, “I didn’t think we were going to win.” His Grammy speech in 1998, when he won for "Men in Black," made up for both.

  • Kanye West

    2005 Best Rap Album

    Kanye West accepted the Grammy for best rap album for College Dropout in 2005. West was surprisingly humble and emotional. “Ya’ll might as well get the music ready ’cause this is gonna take a while. When I had my accident, I found out at that moment, nothing in life is promised except death. If you have the opportunity to play this game called life, you have to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate their moment until it’s passed,” he said. “Right now, it’s my time and my moment, thanks to the fans, thanks to the accident, thanks to God, thanks to Roc-A-Fella, Jay-Z, Dame Dash, G, my mother, Rhymefest, everyone that’s helped me. And I plan to celebrate and scream and pop champagne every chance I get, ’cause I’m at the Grammys, baby!”

  • Adele

    2013 Best Pop Solo

    When Adele was accepting the award for best pop solo in 2013, notorious event crasher Vitalii Sediuk hit the stage. Jennifer Lopez shooed him away moments before Adele gave her speech.

  • Beck

    2015 Album of the Year

    Kanye West approached the stage, acting as if he was going to interrupt Beck during his acceptance speech (as he had years earlier when Taylor Swift beat out Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards). Beck won the award for album of the year over, you guessed it, Beyonce at the 2015 Grammys.

  • Taylor Swift

    2016 Album of the Year

    Taylor Swift appeared shocked when she became the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice. She made a reference to Kanye West’s "Famous" record — which reference Swift, who has a long-running feud with Weist — as she told young women to not let others take credit for their success.

  • Adele

    2017 Album of the Year

    Adele had another memorable moment while accepting album of the year again in 2017, for 25. Beating out Beyonce, expressed shock and noted how big a fan she was of Beyonce's Lemonade. She also split her Grammy in half, saying she was sharing it with Beyonce.

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