2014 GRAMMY Performances, Ranked

By Radio.com Staff

This year it seemed like the words “And the GRAMMY goes to” were hardly uttered during the night’s live broadcast, leaving plenty of room for the performances.

Related: The 2014 GRAMMY Winners List

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards featured 20 performances that ranged from Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z showing why they’re everyone’s favorite couple to Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham—who joined Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age for an all-star finale—proving he can still rock after all these years.

Photo Gallery: Live at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards

This time around the GRAMMYs prided itself on having different musicians, old and new, team up for interesting duets. Some made sense (Sara Bareilles & Carole King), while others just shouldn’t have, like Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons, a team-up which we are now lovingly referring to as Good Kid, m.A.A.d Dragons.

Related: GRAMMY Red Carpet 2014: Best and Worst Dressed

For those who missed the performances, Radio.com staff has recapped all 20 of them with just one quick phrase. So check out what we really thought about the GRAMMYs biggest moments.

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, Trombone Shorty, Queen Latifah and Madonna – “Same Love”

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In short: Groundbreaking

2. Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons – “M.A.A.D City” & “Radioactive”

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 In short: Mash-up Of The Year

3. Beyonce & Jay Z – “Drunk in Love”

In short: Honeymoon Phase

4. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell, Nile Rodgers & Stevie Wonder – “Get Lucky” “Le Freak” “Another Star/Around the World”

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In short: History Lesson

5. Nine Inch Nails and Queens of Stone Age joined by Dave Grohl & Lindsey Buckingham -“Copy of A” and “My God is the Sun”

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In short: Lindsey Still Rocks

6. Taylor Swift – “All Too Well”

In short: Headbanger’s Ball

7. Kacey Musgraves – “Follow Your Arrow”

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In short: Pro-Marijuana Country Song

8. Katy Perry featuring Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

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In short: #GothRevival

9. Lorde – “Royals”

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In short: Stark And Simple

10. Pink featuring Nate Ruess – “Try” & “Just Give Me a Reason”

In short: Pink du Soleil

11. Carole King with Sara Bareilles – “Beautiful/Brave” Mash-up

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In short: Charmingly Obvious

12. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard & Blake Shelton – “The Highwayman” “Okie From Muskogee” and “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”


In short: Anti-Marijuana Country Song (Sung By Willie Nelson)

13. Keith Urban featuring Gary Clark Jr. – “Cop Car”

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In short: Just Two Dudes

14. Paul McCartney featuring Ringo Starr – “Queenie Eye”


In short: Not a Beatles Reunion

15. Miranda Lambert & Billie Joe Armstrong – The Everly Brothers “When Will I Be Loved”

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In short: Mismatched

16. John Legend – “All of Me”

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In short: Extra Sappy

17. Hunter Hayes – “Invisible”

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In short: Ambitious Debut

18. Metallica and Lang Lang – “One”

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In short: Now The World Is Gone I’m Just Yaaaaawn.

19. Ringo Starr – “Photograph”

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In short: Definitely Not A Beatles Reunion

20. Robin Thicke with Chicago – “Saturday In The Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” & “Blurred Lines”


In short: White Dudes Swaying

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