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Ranking a Grammys performances, from misfortune to best

The Grammys are purportedly about giving out awards, though a rite is unequivocally all about a performances.

We’ve put them in order, from misfortune to best, with explanation from The Post’s entertainment reporters.


Left to right: Johnny Depp, Duff McKagan, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

19. Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry take a theatre with their new stone supergroup a Hollywood Vampires and it’s… scary. Are we referring to Cooper’s blood-spattered shirt and roving crop? Depp’s guitar skills? All a pyrotechnics in a background? Let’s usually contend it’s all of a above and so most more.



Pitbull with Sofia Vergara (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

18. Pitbull kicked off a show’s large culmination performance, startling a throng when an unbilled, untweeted Sofia Vergara incited adult on a Grammys theatre to shimmy and shake it to a strain — and flattering well, we competence add.

For a rest of a medley, a rapper was assimilated by Robin Thicke, who, for reasons we can’t understand, was tapped to perform notwithstanding a fact that a male hasn’t expelled an manuscript given 2013 and that he’s spent a inserted years totally mucking adult his open image. We’re not certain how he scored an invite, most reduction theatre time, that tends to go to musicians who aren’t fast shifting their approach down a B-list.

But there he was, personification sidekick to Pitbull, uber-drummer Travis Barker and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, who incited adult to play a screechy solo.


17. Adele. Adele. Adele. The powerhouse thespian was, for many, one of a prohibited acts to see during a Grammys, given that she had one of a biggest hits of a year with “Hello,” though to lay by her opening was to wonder: Was that a small flat? Like, a lot flat?

The thespian after tweeted that a uncanny occurrence — a microphone descending onto a strings of a grand piano that accompanied her — caused a opening to go awry. But as she achieved a ballad “All we Ask,” from her newest album, “25,” we couldn’t assistance though shake a heads with disappointment, if not with Adele, afterwards with a unison that didn’t strike a high note we’d hoped it would.


16. On stage, Ryan Seacrest remarkable that Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” faced some insurgency removing played by nation radio. The strain had a unequivocally delayed stand early on (some stations, and a band, remarkable they were confronting some disagreement about what “Girl Crush“ was indeed about). But as a rope has also forked out, a tangible debate was a fact a balance — that won nation strain and best nation duo/vocal organisation opening progressing in a night — was “a 6-8 ballad about jealousy and heartache” that indeed became a strike on nation radio and afterwards surged to a tip of a charts.



Jackson Browne and The Eagles perform a reverence to Glenn Frey. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

15. The Eagles and Jackson Browne compensate reverence to a late Glenn Frey with a straightforward, no-flourishes opening of “Take It Easy.”  After earnest an upbeat goodbye to their former rope mate, a remaining Eagles stranded to their word, provident a throng a immature sendoff. Frey’s face seemed on a shade usually nearby a finish of a song, that was one of a Eagles’ initial hits. Some in a assembly looked a small teary anyway.



The Weeknd performs “In The Night” during a Grammys. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

14. The Weeknd, one of a past few years’ brightest immature stars, had to follow Ariana Grande singing one of his songs in an ungainly lead-in to his performance. But have no fear, he upstaged her — not hard, people  —  with what incited out to be a miscellany that started with “I Can’t Feel My Face,” and afterwards abruptly shifted gears to “In a Night,” finish with strings, and a thespian clad in a gloomy suit.

But did a assembly wish to hear a Weeknd do a delayed jam? (Especially a sincerely purify one?) No, it did not. The acclaim that followed was… polite.


13. Grammys reverence hour continues: In other words, go get a mangle or take your lavatory mangle now. Anyway, Chris Stapleton, a toast of Nashville for a final 4 months, kicks off a B.B. King reverence with “The Thrill is Gone,” shortly assimilated by Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr.


12. The Grammys respected Lionel Richie, who had kind of a large year as Adele’s “Hello” put his possess “Hello” behind in a spotlight for an Internet minute.

John Legend kicked things off with “Easy,” a Commodores hit. But we could have finished though a bluff reverence that enclosed Demi Lovato, who sang “Hello” like a manifestation contestant. Richie didn’t seem to mind — he was clearly enjoying a show. But what did Luke Bryant and Meghan Trainor and warn guest Tyrese — who knew a indication could sing!? —  have to do with a mythological crooner?

At slightest they towering a mood before Richiewho is 3 times Trainor’s age though somehow has managed to equivocate aging —  showed everybody how it’s finished with an enterprising delivery of “All Night Long.” He even finished a uncover by dogmatic “That’s how we do it right there!”



Taylor Swift performs “Out of a Woods” to open a Grammys. (Mario Anzuoni?Reuters)

11. Taylor Swift kicked things off in a sparkly black jumpsuit for “Out of a Woods,” her latest singular from “1989.” Jack Antonoff, co-writer of a strain (and beloved of her BFF/squad member Lena Dunham), stepped in on guitar. Lots of outspoken acrobatics, maybe perplexing to infer people how most she’s grown given her infamously panned Grammy opening with Stevie Nicks in 2010.

The opening array of a Grammys is a appetite position — Beyonce and Jay Z famously debuted “Drunk in Love” on that theatre a integrate of years ago. Tonight, notwithstanding Swift claiming a tip spot, her opening of “Out of a Woods” was a most some-more uneventful performance.


10. Some admittedly cold beatboxing, honeyed falsettos and a participation of Stevie Wonder had a assembly grooving — and Janelle Monae dancing during her chair — when Pentatonix and Wonder teamed adult for an a cappella chronicle of “That’s a Way of a World” in a reverence to Earth, Wind Fire’s Maurice White. Pentatonix might have a billion YouTube views, though they also knew they were a ones in a participation of greatness.


9. Twelve-year-old pianist Joey Alexander immediately made every musician feel bad about themselves as he achieved a flawless solo on stage. Obviously, there was a large station acclaim during a finish for a immature prodigy.



Justin Bieber sings “Love Yourself.” (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

8. Justin Bieber pennyless out a guitar and vocals for an acoustic chronicle of “Love Yourself,” his latest strike strain co-written with Ed Sheeran. BUT THAT’S BORING. Soon he headed over to Diplo and Skrillex for “Where Are U Now,” that won Bieber his initial Grammy progressing in a night for best dance recording. The difference are indecipherable, though it was all about a dance moves, that Bieber knows as he dramatically rips his coupler off about median by a performance.


7. Tori Kelly and James Bay, both adult for best new artist, stood on a small round theatre and faced any other with guitars and sang unequivocally delayed songs in a uncover that saw many, many slow songs. Hearing Bay’s “Let It Go” and Kelly’s “Hollow” in such a stripped-down atmosphere — assimilated with their absolute voices — resulted in one of a some-more enthralling moments of a night from a dual singers.



Andra Day performs during a Grammys. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

6. Andra Day and Ellie Goulding sang a mash-up of their songs “Rise Up” and “Love Me Like You Do,” respectively. The opening began with  Day, in white, belting out her “Rise Up,” before introducing Goulding, who came out embellished out in black to sing a proposal chronicle of her summer radio jam “Love Me Like You Do,” assimilated by Day, and clamp versa on “Rise Up.” Though they don’t have most in common musically, these are dual graphic voices that seemed to play good together.


5. The captivating thespian Brittany Howard, in a white garment dress, put on a magnetic, painful opening of Alabama Shakes’ musty “Don’t Wanna Fight.” The rope snagged their initial Grammys ever tonight, winning for best stone strain and best stone performance.


4. Sam Hunt, nation music’s latest dermatitis sensation, follows Swift with “Take Your Time” — coincidentally, a strain he achieved with Swift as a guest on her large track debate this summer. Carrie Underwood assimilated him to spin a strain into a duet, afterwards immediately segued into her new singular “Heartbeat.” Hunt had backup vocals on a strain anyway, so it’s a ideal fit. While they looked good together, they were both a tad awkward adequate on theatre to make a whole thing miss … a small chemistry.


3. From New York, a expel of Broadway’s hugely successful musical “Hamilton” achieved a rap-inflected “Alexander Hamilton,” that not unexpectedly, done for a uncanny fit in a night’s broadcast, interjection to a prolonged jackets and stormy shirts and tangible singing and dancing and joy, that the Grammys seem to have banned.



Lady Gaga performs a miscellany of David Bowie songs. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

2. Lady Gaga’s reverence to David Bowie, who died final month of cancer, wasn’t a tribute. It wasn’t a array of cover songs. Lady Gaga donned an orange wig and raced by a array of tunes to be a essence of Bowie. The opening moments of her opening teased out this idea, as a images projected onto her face melted and transformed, and remade Gaga in a process.

From there, a thespian shapeshifted, opposite sounds and eras — she started with “Space Oddity” and “Fame” and a handful of other Bowie high records — as mostly as Bowie had. She sung in a low key, and changed and sneered like Bowie. It was strange, this impersonation act, though on second thought, bizarre is interesting. And that’s what this Grammys needed, flattering desperately.



Kendrick Lamar performs a politically-charged medley. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

1. Kendrick Lamar, a leader of 5 awards before he had even performed, didn’t play a strain so most as play out story on a Grammy stage. The commencement of his set was a jail scene, with Lamar during a front of a sequence squad as he sang “The Blacker a Berry,” a gunshot-like beats causing a tremble among a dancers, before gliding seamlessly into a #BlackLivesMatter anthem “Alright” with a burning bonfire as a backdrop. Black lights, quick-cut editing, a difference “Compton” aflame adult over a map of Africa — this opening had it all. But some-more importantly, it had all a other performances (Lionel Richie’s excepted) did not: energy, spark, definition and gravity.

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