Unforgettable Grammy Award moments

Onyeka Ibeanusi  | Thursday, 16 January 2014 | 4841 Total Views


The Grammys is the biggest music award in the world and as the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony which will hold on January 26th 2014 draws closer, Afritickets takes you on a journey through some historic Grammy moments.



On this day, an audience of thousands gave Yoko Ono a standing ovation at the 1982 Grammy Awards, as she accepted the Grammy for Best Album on behalf of her deceased husband, the legendary John Lennon, just 15 months after she watched him get shot by a deranged fan. The applause from the crowd had a tremendous effect on Ono who afterwards said, “I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love from the audience that (son) Sean and I felt as we walked to the podium…”


We remember the life of Michael Jackson.

The late King of Pop set a record at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards when he was recognized with 12 nominations and eight Grammy wins for “Thriller.” Not only did he steal the night, he also set a record for the most nominations in one year.



They won a Grammy in 1990 for “Best New Artist”. The Award was later withdrawn when it was revealed that the pair didn’t sing a single note on their multi-platinum debut, “All or Nothing.” Milli Vanilli became the first artists to ever be stripped of their Grammy win.


jennifer lopez

Outrageous fashion has always been a part of Grammy nights, and no red carpet ensemble embodied that more than J.Lo’s infamous see-through jungle sarong that she wore to the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000. Accompanied by her boyfriend at the time, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jennifer’s dress raised major eyebrows on the red carpet with its down-to-the-navel neckline. 



It was an unexpected performance of “Stan” by Eminem featuring Elton John. The gay community had previously criticized Eminem, about his homophobic lyrics, which made the performance a welcomed and impressive one. When asked about his part in the performance, John told the Los Angeles Times, “I’m a big fan of [Eminem’s] music… I’d rather tear down walls between people than build them up.” Elton John played piano, singing the chorus to Eminem’s popular song. The performance was a success, ending with a hug between John and Eminem and the two joining hands, as the audience applauded the new friendship.



Melissa Etheridge declared her victory over a potentially deadly disease as she and Joss Stone paid homage to Janis Joplin in the unforgettable performance of Janis’ “Piece of My Heart” at the 2005 Grammy Awards show. The performance was Etheridge’s first public appearance since undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She bravely stepped out on the stage, her head bald from chemotherapy, and sang her heart out. 



Eight-time Grammy winner and legendary diva Tina Turner united with modern-day diva Beyonce Knowles, making for quite the memorable performance of “Proud Mary.” The then 68-year-old Turner proved she could still wow a crowd with her infamous hip-shaking dance moves while Beyonce kept up beside her.

JENNIFER HUDSON (2009 & 2012)


Jennifer Hudson whose mother, brother and nephew were murdered four months earlier, was able to flawlessly pull off a legendary performance of her song “You Pulled Me Through,” marking her comeback to the spotlight. A full choir sang behind her adding even more emotion and passion to the piece. Hudson barely finished the song, as she too, got emotional singing the last lyric of the song in this unforgettable performance. 


In 2012, the Grammys was hit by the shocking death of Whitney Houston. The “American Idol” alum took to the stage with less than a day of preparation to perform an emotional tribute to the late superstar.

PINK (2010)


The superstar thrilled the audience in 2010 with an incredible performance of her ballad, “Glitter.” Not only was the singer’s vocal performance spot on, she also sang live while executing an acrobatic aerial routine, raising the bar for pop stars everywhere. She earned a rousing well-deserved standing ovation for her incredible display of strength and talent.

ADELE (2012)

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

The adorable Brit stole the hearts of the audience at the 2012 Grammys, winning a record six awards. The “Someone Like You” songstress managed to maintain her composure (casually chewing gum and appearing relaxed) until her acceptance speech for Album Of The Year for “21.” She broke down in tears while saying her “thank yous” and had the audience in stitches when she wiped her nose and proclaimed, “I’ve got a bit of snot!” The night was also especially memorable as the singer belted out a flawless version of her hit, “Rolling in the Deep” — her first public performance after undergoing a troubling vocal cord surgery.


Beyonce and

It was a hilarious moment for the audience as Beyonce who had already won a Grammy that day and Ellen Degeneres came on stage to present an award to Justin Timberlake. They stepped on stage with Ellen having her arms around Beyonce's waist and at a point had to cut short Beyonce's speech and said, "Thank you Beyonce, I am much more than that. I am a talk show host....". The crowd went wild for the two of them.