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”

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

In short: Groundbreaking

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

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

 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”

Pharrell Williams, with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk, perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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”

Musicians Alessandro Cortini, Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac), Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age), Ilan Rubin and Robin Fink of Nine Inch Nails perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

In short: Lindsey Still Rocks

6. Taylor Swift – “All Too Well”

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In short: Headbanger’s Ball


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