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15 Most Epic Live GRAMMY Collaborations

Thanks to the GRAMMY Awards, Justin Timberlake and Al Green crooned together and Tina Turner and Beyonce rocked the same stage. Check out the most incendiary GRAMMY team-ups over the years

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The GRAMMYs are good for two things: Really amazing red carpet looks and bringing together artists who might otherwise never work together. Oh, and people get awards, too. 

The 2016 GRAMMYs air on Monday, Feb. 15, and play host to some of the year's biggest musical collaborations. Tori Kelly will sing with James Bay, Pitbull will bring out Robin Thicke and Travis Barker, and a cast of Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Demi Lovato and Luke Bryan will team for a tribute to Lionel Richie. And that's just for starters! 

As we prep for the big show, take a look back at some of the most epic GRAMMY collaborations from recent years. And don't miss any of our GRAMMY coverage on Monday night!

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Elton John and Eminem, "Stan," 2001

Eminem's third album, The Marshall Mathers LP, was a huge success in 2000, but many claimed Em's lyrics were homophobic. The rapper attempted to make peace with his critics at the 2001 GRAMMYs when he teamed up with Elton John, one of the industry's most prolific gay icons, for a thought-provoking performance of "Stan."

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Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, Pink & Patti LaBelle, "Lady Maramalade," 2002

Our Diva Meter was already dangerously close to its breaking point when Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and Pink stepped out on the 2002 GRAMMYs stage for a performance of their hit remake, "Lady Marmalade." But when original songstress Patti LaBelle came out at the end, the glass shattered!

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Melissa Etheridge & Joss Stone, Janis Joplin Tribute, 2005

While some would argue no one can come close to a proper Janis Joplin cover, Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone gave it a damn good try at the 2005 GRAMMYs. The soulful ladies covered "Cry Baby" and "Piece of My Heart."

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Usher & James Brown, "Caught Up/Sex Machine," 2005

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, anointed Usher the "Godson of Soul" during their "Caught Up/Sex Machine" mash-up at the 2005 GRAMMYs. When Brown passed away a year later, Usher told People, "It couldn't have been more of a pleasure to be recognized by James Brown. James Brown introduced me to soul."

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Linkin Park, Jay Z & Paul McCartney, "Numb/Encore/Yesterday," 2006

It was at the 2006 GRAMMYs where we learned that Linkin Park's "Numb," Jay Z's "Encore" and the Beatles' "Yesterday" all kind of sound like the same song. Who knew?

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Madonna & Gorillaz, "Feel Good Inc./Hung Up," 2006

Six years before Tupac was resurrected at Coachella via hologram, Madonna was teaching the world how it was done at the 2006 GRAMMYs. Madge appeared alongside animated hip hop group Gorillaz as a hologram during "Feel Good Inc." before stepping on stage IRL for a performance of "Hung Up."

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Kanye West and Daft Punk, "Stronger," 2008

Leave it to Kanye West to get Daft Punk to agree to their first televised live performance ever. The electronic duo joined Yeezy onstage at the 2008 GRAMMYs for a performance of "Stronger" which samples Daft Punk's crazy-popular 2001 single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." Check out a partial clip of it above.

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Beyonce and Tina Turner, "Proud Mary," 2008

Beyonce. Tina Turner. "Proud Mary." 'Nuff said.

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Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Boyz II Men and Keith Urban, "Let's Stay Together," 2009

Everyone came out to go to church with the Reverend Al Green at the 2009 GRAMMYs: Boyz II Men sang backup, Keith Urban was on guitar and Justin Timberlake took lead vocals alongside the man himself. "Let's Stay Together" never gets old.

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Elton John and Lady Gaga, "Poker Face/ Speechless/ Your Song," 2010

Riding high on the success of her 2009 album The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga teamed up with Elton John to open the 2010 GRAMMY Awards. Gaga handled the "Poker Face" part while Elton came out (in fabulously BeDazzled spectacles) for the "Speechless/Your Song" medley. 

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Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Martina McBride & Yolanda Adams, "Aretha Franklin Tribute," 2011

Did somebody say diva? To honor music's queen of soul—Aretha Franklin, duh—Christina AguileraJennifer HudsonFlorence Welch, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams came together to perform a medley of the "Respect" singer's greatest hits. Each lady got her chance to shine by singing an Aretha song of her choice while the quintet collectively belted through "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves."

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Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Sting, Damian Marley & Ziggy Marley, 2013

Touted as a tribute to Bob Marley, this performance was really just an amazing medley that closed with a song originally performed by the reggae icon. The nearly seven-minute performance included Bruno Mars performing his No. 1 hit "Locked Out of Heaven" and Sting doing the Police's "Walking on the Moon." Then they were joined by RihannaZiggy Marley and Damian Marley to duet on "Could You Be Loved," by Bob Marley & The Wailers.

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Kendrick Lamar & Imagine Dragons, "m.A.A.d city/Radioactive," 2014

While rather unlikely duet partners, Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar teamed for one of the most memorable performances at the 2014 GRAMMYs. One of the coolest visuals of the night came when clouds of chalk exploded onstage, covering the artists' all-white ensembles.

In fact, some people thought the performance was so epic that an Internet troll hacked Wikipedia and declared Kacey Musgraves' career "over" when she had to follow the intense performance.

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Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Trombone Shorty & Madonna, "Same Love/Open Your Heart," 2014

To perform their acceptance anthem "Same Love," MacklemoreRyan Lewis and Mary Lambert not only created an unforgettable stage collaboration, but a beautiful message of love. In the middle of the performance, Queen Latifah officiated a wedding ceremony between 33 couples, both gay and straight. Not only that, but then the Queen of Pop Madonna came out to perform her 1986 classic "Open Your Heart" to celebrate all the love in the room. (Talk about a good wedding band.) Plus, New Orleans jazz legend Trombone Shorty was on hand for a little extra oomph.

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Kanye West, Rihanna and Paul McCartney, "FourFiveSeconds," 2015

Weeks after unveiling their surprise collaboration, the trio of YeezyRih and Macca took the GRAMMYs stage and performed "FourFiveSeconds" for the first (and so far, only) time together. The song did not appear on either of Rihanna or West's next albums, but has a special place in GRAMMYs folklore, at least.

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