If you went by the number of awards handed out during the Grammys telecast, the show would only be an hour long.
But to fill the other two-and-a-half hours, the awards ceremony books some of the biggest acts to put on a concert for us viewers at home. While some years have been lackluster, the 55th Grammys had an embarrassment of riches - we could barely narrow down our list of favorite performances.
With the exception of one or two "why is this happening on stage?" moments, nearly everyone brought their A-game. Here's our top five, with a few extra nods to personal jams below. Which performances were your favorite?
1. Jack White, "Love Interrupted" and "Freedom at 21"
Jack White's "Blunderbuss" didn't win the best album Grammy - that one went to Mumford & Sons for "Babel" - but he was a strong contender for best performance of the night.
2. Tribute to Levon Helm
Between Elton John, Mavis Staples, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Mumford & Sons, this tribute was an amazing moment to watch.
3. Miguel feat. Wiz Khalifa, "Adorn"
Miguel didn't get his Grammy win in the best urban contemporary album category during Sunday's Grammys telecast but, like Jack White, he owned his moment on stage. We're not sure why the Recording Academy opted to do the remix of "Adorn" with Wiz Khalifa, but we'll take it.
4. Justin Timberlake, "Suit & Tie" feat. Jay-Z and "Pusher Love Girl"
Granted, the Grammys went a little overboard with the Justin Timberlake love on Sunday, especially considering how many other talented performers were in the house last night. Still, we loved his performance of "Suit & Tie" with Jay-Z, and appreciated his introduction of the new song "Pusher Love Girl" from his album.
5. Kelly Clarkson's tribute to Patti Page and Carole King
We still remember Kelly Clarkson killing it on "American Idol" with "Natural Woman," and we were blown away with her finesse of that song and "Tennessee Waltz" on Sunday.
Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"
Tribute to Bob Marley
Frank Ocean, "Forrest Gump"
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It was a wonderful surprise to see Van Morrison.
He rarely attends events and has never attended the Grammy's before.
His performance was surprisingly ignored and should have received more attention.
Thank you Van the Man!
i thought the BOB MARLEYTRIBUTE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LONGER
Me too, with more artist.
marley tribute should be number 1. God you dummies!
i loved everthing rehana did& i am so happy she & chris brown are back together, i think they make a beautiful couple, and i think chris brown should have got several awards
Took a dump in the shower tonight and clogged up the drain.
I missed it!
Yeah LLCool J was so great they cut him off during the middle of his performance!! #Retirealready
I can't believe you guys put frank ocean on here as an honorable mention. Are you tone deaf? Not only was he flat, he was hardly energetic, he sang monotone, and his version Grammy version of that song was absolutely terrible.
Also how could you not mention the performance by Tom morello, Travis barker, and LL? They brought energy and were a great closer.
I have to absolutely agree. Frank Ocean was horrible and anyone who says different have another agenda. He sang and played out of tune. It was a ridiculous moment in Grammy history. I did not see talent on that stage...it wasted my time. Smh
I have never watched this show ,never will. I have no interest in these people (most of them).
Can the grammy's stop throwing people together to perform it sucks the pairing are so off and annoying..
she blocked and puzzled-thanks.
Jack White tore it up! Heck yeah!
Miguel won a Grammy last night. Do some research before posting.
He won the but turnip award.
One direction is awesome.
Fried Chicken also put on a good show. They are great and. legendary.
I loved The English Peas. Their performance was way awesome. They are tremendous performers.
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