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On March 14th, the 63rd annual Grammy Awards will make history with a series of pandemic-related adaptations, including forgoing a live audience, airing a number of prerecorded performances and holding live acts outdoors. Since it began televising live in 1971, the show always has its share of outstanding performances and wild-card moments, as the industry's biggest names take the stage and join forces for unexpected collaborations and tributes. Before settling in for this year's event, have some fun with these 10 unforgettable Grammy performances from 1975 to now. Bet you can't watch just one!
1975: Stevie Wonder
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Stevie Wonder has a slate of incredible Grammy performances under his belt, including a funktastic medley with Nile Rogers, Pharrell and Daft Punk in 2014. But this electric performance of his protest song “You Haven't Done Nothin'” got the whole crowd clapping and cheering along, and captured Wonder, just 23, at the height of his musical powers.
Bonus trivia: This song, a searing indictment of President Richard Nixon, came out just two days before he resigned from the presidency.
Watch it: Stevie Wonder, on YouTube
The Eurythmics were best new artist nominees the year lead singer Annie Lennox made an unforgettable statement by showing up to the awards in drag, sporting a suit and an Elvis-like pompadour. She then led the band in a swaggering performance of the band's number-one single, “Sweet Dreams Are Made of These.” Her stunt later inspired Lady Gaga, who showed up at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards dressed as her male alter ego “Jo Calderone.”
Bonus trivia: Lennox had kept her stunt a secret from everyone except for bandmate Dave Stewart, so Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich didn't recognize her backstage and feared she hadn't shown up to perform.
Watch it: Eurythmics, on YouTube
1993: Eric Clapton
In an understated showing by the Grammys’ flashy standards, Eric Clapton gave a moving performance of his hit “Tears in Heaven” from the Rush soundtrack. He'd written the song to mourn his 4-year-old son, Conor, who had died in a tragic accident two years prior.
Bonus trivia: That night, Clapton became the first British artist to win six awards at one Grammys, including Record of the Year for “Tears in Heaven.”
Watch it: Eric Clapton, on YouTube