The Grammy Awards have concluded, marking the end of another year of Trevor Noah’s hosting and a lineup of incredible performances by some of the biggest names in music. The 66th Annual Grammy Awards have generated a significant amount of buzz this awards season, with notable moments like Joni Mitchell’s debut Grammy performance after her long-standing career and Dua Lipa’s captivating entrance into her latest era. And, naturally, the Barbie aspect is impossible to ignore. I’ve been avidly following the Grammys for a significant portion of my life, and I’ve had the pleasure of sharing unfiltered live tweets with my social media followers. Over the years, I’ve developed a knack for accurately predicting winners and anticipating standout performances. This is my ultimate event, and I’m excited to present a list of the top five standout performances from the 2024 Grammys. Let’s keep moving forward!
After receiving her well-deserved Grammy win, Miley Cyrus graced the stage to perform her record-breaking single, following the presentation of her “Flowers” from the Recording Academy. Over the years, various props and gimmicks have frequently accompanied her distinctive vocals, occasionally stealing the spotlight from her. Miley solidified her status as a pop culture icon at a young age, but her star truly soared when she made her entrance on the Grammy stage as her authentic self—radiant, joyful, and full of free-spirited energy. She exuded elegance in her stunning outfit, adding witty remarks to the second verse. Her ad-libs in “Flowers” had a Tina Turner-like quality, captivating A-listers such as Taylor Swift, Oprah, John Legend, and Chrissy Teigen, who couldn’t help but rise from their seats. Oh, and she completely dominated the stage with an incredible performance, leaving the audience in awe. She was simply being herself, and she will forever remain unforgettable.
Joni Mitchell, hailed as the “matriarch of imagination” by collaborator Brandi Carlile, graced the Grammy stage for the first time in her illustrious career. She delivered a breathtaking performance of her iconic 1969 track, “Both Sides Now.” Brandi, Jacob Collier, Allison Russell, Sista Strings, Lucius, and Blake Mills collaborated with the legendary artist to infuse the beloved song with fresh energy. They contributed string arrangements, piano playing, and both acoustic and electric guitars. The enduring impact of Joni’s legacy is evident in the seamless sense of unity and friendship among the varied group of artists accompanying her. At the age of 80, Joni offers a sense of warmth and reassurance by acknowledging that she still has much to learn about life.
Fantasia Barrino made a powerful comeback with her heartfelt performance in The Color Purple, and she continued to attend various awards events, including a touching tribute to the legendary Tina Turner at the Grammys. Fantasia donned a stunning gold ensemble and paid tribute to the legendary Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll with her iconic style. A lively full band and dancers in eye-catching silver attire joined her. However, everyone’s attention was still focused on Fantasia, as she showcased her incredible vocal talent and teamed up with Dua Lipa for a captivating dance performance. (She also tried to dance with Beyoncé, who was rumored to be performing the same tribute she was giving.) Ultimately, Fantasia demonstrated her unwavering talent with a captivating performance of “Proud Mary.”
Luke Combs & Tracy Chapman
Before you judge this title card with confusion, please give me a moment to explain. As I’ve previously stated online, I’m not particularly knowledgeable about country music, but it’s hard to ignore the buzz surrounding one of the most popular songs of the past year being included in this year’s Grammys lineup. Luke Combs had a special moment on stage when he performed with Tracy Chapman, the original artist of “Fast Car.” Luke and Tracy, despite their different musical backgrounds, showcased the incredible power of music through their seamless chemistry in their duet. Their camaraderie radiated as they embraced the moment and thoroughly enjoyed their performance. The energy of the performance was contagious, and it clearly resonated with the audience. Artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, and Jelly Roll were fully engaged and their enthusiasm was so infectious that they received a well-deserved standing ovation.
It’s evident that Dua Lipa has established herself as a prominent figure in the pop music industry. As a result, there is greater anticipation and expectation surrounding her new releases. Starting off the Grammys is quite a challenge, but Dua managed to do it with great success. She kicked things off by debuting her latest single, “Training Season,” which is set to be released on February 15. Dua embraced her DL3 era with a bold and edgy black pleather outfit, complete with stylish cutouts. Her performance was flawless, with a perfectly synchronized group of dancers and captivating choreography for both “Dance the Night” and “Houdini.” Although it didn’t have the same impact as her 2021 Future Nostalgia medley, Dua managed to blend her familiar style with her fresh pop persona. In summary, she continues to possess her enchanting abilities.