Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images.
If the Academy Awards is the glamorous, well-to-do, older sister,
then the Grammy Awards is like the rambunctious, rebellious, younger
sister who never turned down the stereo. This Sunday,
the loud-music freaks will have their night during the 57th annual Grammys.
Since musicians are never fully cooperative, and always
full of surprises, it's impossible to predict
what's going to shake down at the Staples Center. Ahead, we look
at some of our favorite moments from Grammys history to whet our
appetite for whatever insane thing might happen this weekend.
unexpected, genre-blending musical mashups to bum rushes that make you
wanna scream, these are the epic moments we live for.
The Grammys airs this Sunday on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET.
<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zh91ocnT_lA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
MJ's Epic, NBD 10-Minute Performance (1988)
For the most part, it was just Michael Jackson on the stage by himself, getting down with all his signature dance moves, giving an arresting performance that began with a stripped-down version of "The Way You Make Me Feel," and crescendoing into a gospel finale of "Man in the Mirror."
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.
<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/V3mVaMhoJCA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
We Will Always Love Whitney Houston (1994)
What we know now that we didn't know back then is that this performance of "I Will Always Love You" forever minted Whitney Houston as a legend. That voice!
Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage/Getty Images.
<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vg06kxAOcIY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Bob Dylan, You've Been Soy Bombed (1998)
You've got to hand it to Dylan. He managed to carry on with his performance of "Love Sick" like a true pro, while performance artist Michael Portnoy gyrated and contorted half-nakedly on stage with the words "Soy Bomb" scrawled across his chest.