Grammy Awards: 8 Moments Time May Have Forgotten, But We Didn’t

By: Erika Brooks Adickman / February 10, 2013

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are just hours away, and like the rest of you pop fanatics out there, we’re impatiently counting down every second until showtime. With a lineup that includes Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Taylor Swift, as well as exciting collaborations from Ed Sheeran and Elton John, plus Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna, 2013 is looking like it will be quite a memorable year for the Grammys.

But (you knew there had to be a but, right?), if we’ve learned anything from the last 54 years, it’s that no matter how seemingly strange the paired performance, or how many pop stars are paying tribute to an icon, or who bum rushes the stage (we’re looking at you, Mr. “Soy Bomb” and Ol’ Dirty Bastard), the mind tends to forget these occasions. We’ve set out to fix that! Your BFFs at Idolator have rounded up eight Grammy moments so memorable, you wonder how they ever escaped from the clutches of your memory.

Give your mind a refresher starting above, with that time that Jay-Z performed with Linkin Park and Sir Paul McCartney at the 48th Annual Grammys. (Please note: Jay is wearing a John Lennon t-shirt.)

Elton John & Backstreet Boys perform “Philadelphia Freedom” at the 2000 Grammy Awards:


Everyone made a big deal about Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift during her VMAs speech, but Ol’ Dirty Bastard did it first at the 1998 Grammys:

A 2006 tribute to Sly And The Family Stone included: Ciara, Maroon 5, Joss Stone and will.i.am. Sly Stone, in true music icon fashion, came out at the finale dressed in a gold studded jacket and rocking a platinum mohawk. Unfortunately, someone forgot to turn on his mic until the very end. The most shocking thing about this clip? Randy Jackson playing bass during Steven Tyler and Aerosmith’s tribute — American Idol foreshadowing five years before Steven would become a judge!

After a long, winding, awkward intro by Whoopi Goldberg, Boyz II Men and Color Me Badd take the stage at the 1992 Grammys. Not sure why these fellas were forced to perform at the podiums, though:

What could epitomize 1985 better than a synthesizer medley called “Synthesizer Medley” featuring Thomas Dolby, Herbie Hancock, Howard Jones and Stevie Wonder? It’s essentially the exact same performance the Tri Lambs gave at the end of Revenge Of The Nerds. (No offense, Stevie.)

When Bob Dylan got “Soy Bomb’d” at the 1998 Grammys by performance artist Michael Portnoy:

This bizarre performance of “Hey Ya” at the 2004 Grammys with its insane intro by Jack Black, Native American iconography and surprise performance by a marching band looks like it was inspired by a page out of Andre 3000’s dream journal.

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