The Grammy Awards ceremony is the biggest event in the music industry's calender and it's no surprise that there's been many a memorable moment since it first took place back in 1959
The Grammy Awards have been running for over 50 years and there’s been no shortage of stand-out moments. Look back at some of our favourites…
The flash bulbs went crazy when Jennifer Lopez, who was then dating P. Diddy, stepped onto the red carpet in this plunging green Versace dress. J-LO has since said that she would happily wear something just as revealing today – well, she’s definitely still got the body for it! These days, the barely-there frock is on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Tina Turner chose the 2008 Grammys to give her first official public performance for eight years after hanging up her microphone back in 2000. Turner, who was 68 at the time, and Beyonce wowed the crowds with a lively version of Proud Mary, for which Turner won a Grammy in 1972.
We all love Lady Gaga’s eccentric and wacky ways but there is far more to this OTT performer than her off-the-wall outfit choices and music videos. Gaga uses her incredible star power – she is the first person to reach 20 million followers on Twitter – to fight the corner for gay rights, anti-bullying and she has openly spoken out against the US military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, which bars openly gay people from the armed forces.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the 2010 Grammy house when a brave Jennifer Hudson performed You Pulled Me Through just four months after the murder of her mother, brother and nephew. It was understandably an emotional moment for the Dreamgirls star, who struggled to finish the last lines of the song.
In 2007, Christina Aguilera blew her critics away with an outstanding performance of It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World, orginally by James Brown. One American journalist even said of her version: ‘This is the 2007 Grammy performance to remember; the Godfather of Soul would be proud.’ High praise indeed.
The 2009 Grammy Awards were hit with a big dose of coolness when Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, T.I. and a very pregnant M.I.A hit the stage to perform Swagger Like Us. We have come to terms with the fact that we will never be this cool. Have you?
LeAnn Rimes became the youngest ever person to win a Grammy at the 1997 ceremony. Not only that, she was also the first ever country star to win the Best New Artist prize. She was just 14 at the time. Talk about over-achieving!
Pink’s 2010 performance of Glitter in the Air was mesmorising and a little bit terrifying. The singer belted out her hit whilst dangling, upside down, in the air and all the while rocking an itsy-bitsy bodysuit. We definitely won’t ever be trying this one at home.
We couldn’t decide it if it was cheeky or just plain rude when 50 Cent interrupted Amy Lee from Evanescence when she was giving her acceptance speech. The band beat the rapper to win the Best New Artist award in 2004 but 50 stole their thunder by jumping on the stage and flashing a peace sign. What a scallywag!
Due to her ongoing personal problems, namely drug addiction, Amy Winehouse was unable to get herself a work visa in time for the 2008 Grammy Awards. Not one to be deterred, she performed a set all the way from London, even though it was 3am at the time. In the end, Winehouse gave a perfect performance and even went on to win five Grammys that night.
In 1998 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale were the quirky couple you wanted to be. What with her effortlessly edgy style and his oh-so-handsome face, a new power couple had been born.
The vision of a half naked Toni Braxton strutting onto the stage at the 2001 ceremony is forever burned onto our retinas. Explaining her reasons for exposing so much flesh in the Richard Tyler-designed gown, Toni said that she wanted to wear something ultra-risque before she got married and had children. It’s not our style, but fair enough!
No one could have predicted the duet between Elton John and Eminem, especially after Eminem had been accused by the gay community of having homophobic lyrics. But the pair gave a brilliant performance of Stan at the 2001 Grammys, had a lovely hug at the end and are now firm friends.
Milli Vanilli became the first artists to be stripped of their Grammy, for Best New Artist, when it was discovered that the pair hadn’t sung a single note on their multi-platinum debut album, All or Nothing. Oh, the shame!