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: