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GRAMMYs 2016: The 10 Best Performances

From unforgettable tributes to the singers who nailed soul-stirring notes, here are the standouts from the 2016 GRAMMYs

1 / 10

Kendrick Lamar

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Kendrick Lamar (C) performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples
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An ode to his To Pimp a Butterfly album, Kendrick Lamar's incredible moment on the GRAMMY 2016 stage moved from a politically charged rendition of "The Blacker the Berry" to a jazz-infused "Alright" featuring tribal dancers. It was the performance with the most to say, by far, and has already solidified its place as unforgettable GRAMMY moment.

Read more about Kendrick's performance here.

2 / 10

Lady Gaga

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Lady Gaga (C), accompanied by musician/producer Nile Rodgers (L), performs a tribute to
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Incredibly, Gaga rolled through nearly a dozen classic Bowie hits in a fitting tribute that honored the late icon's huge legacy. Very awesomely, Bowie's longtime collaborator Nile Rodgers shared the stage with the singer throughout the whole show-stopping affair.

Read more about the David Bowie tribute here.

3 / 10

Adele

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Adele performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb
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Even with some audio struggles at the beginning, Adele's voice shone through in this stripped-down version of 25 standout "All I Ask," somehow making the poignant lyrics even more heartbreaking. 

Read more about Adele's performance here.

4 / 10

Alabama Shakes

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Brittany Howard of music group Alabama Shakes performs onstage during The 58t
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From Brittany Howard's opening howl, you could tell Alabama Shakes'  was going to bring it. "Don't Wanna Fight" was already a big winner throughout the night, but this powerful performance likely earned the band even more praise (and fans).

Read more about Alabama Shakes performance here.

5 / 10

Tori Kelly & James Bay

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artists Tori Kelly (L) and James Bay perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards a
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Tori Kelly and James Bay may have lost out to Meghan Trainor for Best New Artist, but the pair made an impression with an acoustic-led performance that focused on their pristine vocals and harmonies. No doubt, they proved that sometimes less is more.

6 / 10

'Hamilton' Cast

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Actor Leslie Odom, Jr. (L)  and actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (R) perform on stage during
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Even while being telecast from a Broadway theater in New York, the award-winning play's cast brought a performance that felt as big just as big as any at the massive Los Angeles ceremony. For a play that's already sold out for months, this huge win could mean getting a ticket at all in 2016 might take a miracle. 

7 / 10

Andra Day & Ellie Goulding

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artists Ellie Goulding (L) and Andra Day perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awar
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The unlikely British duo of Andra Day and Ellie Goulding served up major vocals for this unlikely-but-smashing duet that brought together their GRAMMY-nominated singles "Rise Up" and "Love Me Like You Do."

8 / 10

Little Big Town

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Recording artists Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, and Kimberly Schlapman of music group
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Country fans already know how awesome Little Big Town is, and at the GRAMMYs, the rest of America got a reminder of the band's chops through this on-point harmonies and gorgeous rendition of "Girl Crush."

9 / 10

Taylor Swift

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center
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Hours before winning Album of the Year, Taylor opened the show with a powerful rendition of 1989's new single "Out of the Woods" that included more belts and vocal runs than we're used to hearing from the star. Taylor was serving diva with a capital D.

Read more about Taylor's performance here.

10 / 10

John Legend, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Luke Bryan, Tyrese & Lionel Richie

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Singers John Legend, Demi Lovato, Lionel Richie, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese Gibson perfor
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While many of the night's tributes were heartfelt affairs, this salute to Lionel Richie was one of the night's most fun performances. From The Commodores' "Brick House" to the Richie's solo smash "All Night Long," a ton of the icon's hits were there performed by a diverse cast that included John LegendDemi LovatoMeghan Trainor, Luke Bryan and Tyrese.

Read more about the Lionel Richie tribute here.

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