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GRAMMYs 2017: The 10 Best Performances, Ranked

From eye-popping onstage presentations to heartfelt tributes, here are the standouts from the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards

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10 / 10

Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Recording artists Keith Urban (R) and Carrie Underwood perform onstage during The 59th GRAMMY
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Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are both bonafide country music stars, but the two showed a different side at this year's GRAMMY Awards. The singer debuted their duet "The Fighter" (taken from Urban's ninth album Ripcord) inside a glowing box littered with flashing neon lights. The tune is fueled with pop melodies combined with country and a hint of disco, and had everyone dancing.

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9 / 10

Bruno Mars

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Recording artist Bruno Mars performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center
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Everyone knows Bruno Mars' comeback single "24K Magic," but the soul-pop star made good use of his first GRAMMY moment to introduce new single "That's What I Like." The new jack swing–inspired track saw Bruno giving a subtle-but-strong vocal showing, some smooth footwork from him and his backing band, all to undoubtedly set in motion for this to be the singer's next big hit.

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8 / 10

Katy Perry

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Recording artists Skip Marley (L) and Katy Perry perform onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Award
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Katy Perry's "Chained to the Rhythm" single is tinged with political undertones and the singer let her democratic voice be heard loud and clear during the ceremony. The pop singer wore a "Resist" armband, rocked a white pantsuit a la presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and shouted "No hate!" among a backdrop of the U.S. Constitution. She was joined by Skip Marley, who's featured on the track, on stage for the eye-catching set. Click here for our full review.

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7 / 10

Lady Gaga & Metallica

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Recording artists James Hetfield (L) of music group Metallica and Lady Gaga perform onstage d
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Lady Gaga let her rowdy Mother Monster persona fly during her fiery performance with Metallica. Pop and metal stardom fused together for an unforgettable moment, where the artists performed Metallica's Hardwired... to Self-Destruct single "Moth Into Flame." It was refreshing to see Gaga channeled her inner rock chick and the metal outfit fully embraced her. Oh, did you mention something about a microphone not working? The overall performance completely overshadowed that little mishap. 

Read our full review here.

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6 / 10

Adele Tributes George Michael

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  An image of the late George Michael is projected on a video screen while recording artist Ade
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One of the best things about Adele is that she is never afraid to display her raw emotions. That was shown during her tribute to the late George Michael, where she performed his 1996 single "Fastlove." Adele initially cut the set, explaining to the backing orchestra and audience that she "can't mess this up for him." Once she composed herself and felt ready, the star sung a somber and beautiful rendition of the R&B-tinged tune. 

It was a genuine moment that most artists rarely like to show, so we salute you Adele. See our full review here.

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5 / 10

Alicia Keys & Maren Morris

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Recording artists Alicia Keys (L) and Maren Morris perform onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awa
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Girl power rang true during Alicia Keys and Maren Morris' performance at the 2017 GRAMMYs. The country singer du jour and first-time nominee (Morris was up for four categories) was joined by Keys to perform "Once," the chilling ballad from her 2016 Hero debut album. The combination of their powerhouse vocals and passion, as well as the swelling strings in the background, will make you cross your fingers in hopes for future duet single from the ladies.

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4 / 10

A Tribe Called Quest with Anderson .Paak & Busta Rhymes

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  A Tribe Called Quest performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on Febr
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A Tribe Called Quest ruled the stage with Anderson .Paak, Consequence and Busta Rhymes to not only honor their late member and friend Phife Dawg, but to also make a bold political statement. "I just wanna thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil that you've been perpetuating throughout the United States," Rhymes said during the middle of the set. The performance also ended with ATCQ leading a motivational "RESIST!" chant.

It was a powerful example of artists being unafraid to use their celebrity platform to make their voices heard.

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3 / 10

Prince Tribute: Morris Day and the Time, Bruno Mars

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Recording artist Bruno Mars performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center
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The Purple One was honored beautifully at the GRAMMYs thanks to mini sets from The Time and Bruno Mars. Minneapolis band and Prince's longtime music pals opened the tribute with their funky 1984 single, "Jungle Love." The audience burst with excitement while they showed off their best throwback dance moves. Then, Mars entered the stage in a full and sparkly Purple Rain getup to perform Prince's party jam "Let's Go Crazy." The singer's mannerisms, vocal inflections and wild guitar solos surely made the late icon proud.

See our full review of the performance here.

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2 / 10

Chance the Rapper

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  (L-R) Recording artists Kirk Franklin, Chance the Rapper, and Tamela Mann perform onstage dur
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We had to wait towards the end of the ceremony to finally witness Chance the Rapper dominate the GRAMMYs stage for the first time, but man was it worth it. The artist (who took home the awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance) shone light on faith, perseverance and undeniable Black boy joy. Lil Chano performed a Coloring Book medley beginning with "How Great" and added in a few splashes of "Sunday Candy," the now GRAMMY award-winning "No Problem" and "Blessings." 

Whether you follow a religion or not, the set filled you with a sense of warm and much-needed hope. Read our full review here.

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1 / 10

Beyoncé

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Recording artist Beyonce (R, holding microphone) performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awar
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It would be incredibly difficult to describe Beyoncé's 2017 GRAMMY Awards performance with just one word. The entertainer continued to prove how talented she is even though she is expecting twins. Instead of letting that stop her from gracing the stage (we all knew it wouldn't though), Bey embodied her inner Virgin Mary. Dripping in gold and looking like the regal queen she is, the singer performed Lemonade deep cuts "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles." 

From start to finish, it left both the audience and viewers at home breathless. Click here to see our full review.

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