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7 Best Olympic Ceremony Musical Moments

Check out our favorite performances from past opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics

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Let the Games Begin

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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia kick off Friday, February 7. While we're still deciding which event we're most excited to watch—probably curling—we also can't wait to catch the musical acts in the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Olympics have a long history of highlighting international pop stars as well showcasing local talent from the sponsoring country. Take a look back through our list of some of the best Olympic musical performances over the years, from Gladys Knight in Atlanta in 1996 to that epic Spice Girls medley in London in 2012.

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1996 Atlanta Opening Ceremony: Gladys Knight

The "Empress of Soul" performed "Georgia on My Mind," the state song, at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

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1996 Atlanta Closing Ceremony: Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder sang an emotional cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" at the closing ceremonies the same year.

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2000 Sydney Closing Ceremony: Kylie Minogue

Native Aussie Kylie Minogue performed ABBA's biggest hit, "Dancing Queen," at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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2004 Athens Opening Ceremony: Bjork

Bjork wowed the 2004 Summer Olympics with a chilling rendition of "Oceania."

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2008 Beijing Opening Ceremony: Lang Lang

Chinese pianist and GRAMMY-award nominee Lang Lang performed alongside Oscar-nominated actress Zhang Ziyi during the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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2010 Vancouver Opening Ceremony: Nelly Furtado & Bryan Adams

Canadians Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams teamed up for a performance of "Bang the Drum," a song written especially for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada.

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2012 London Closing Ceremony: Spice Girls

Spice Girls performed a very British mashup of "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life" at the 2012 Summer Olympics in England, complete with traditional British taxis. (Excuse me, "Hackneys.")

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