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The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held in 1959 and was set up to honor musical accomplishments by performers for the previous year. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by popular artists.  Here’s a few of our favorites.

Grammy Performances Through the Years: Our Favorites  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. 2015

Pharrell’s performance of ‘Happy’

2. 2014

Beyonce’s Performance of ‘Drunk In Love’

3. 2013

LL Cool J ft. Chuck D and Travis Barker

4. 2012

Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston

5. 2011

Rihanna’s performance of ‘What’s My Name’

6. 2010

Beyonce’s performance of ‘If I Were a Boy’ at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

7. 2009

Jennifer Hudson’s performance of ‘You Pulled Me Through’ at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

8. 2008

Beyoncé & Tina Turner perform ‘Proud Mary’

9. 2006

Kanye West and Jamie Foxx’s performance of ‘Gold Digger’ at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

10. 2005

Jamie Foxx and Alicia Keys’ performance of ‘Georgia On My Mind’ at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

11. 2000

TLC’s performance of ‘Waterfalls’

12. 1996

Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men’s performance of ‘One Sweet Day’ at the 1996 Grammy Awards.

13. 1994

Whitney Houston’s performance of ‘I Will Always Love You’ at the 1994 Grammy Awards.

14. 1988

Michael Jackson’s performance of ‘Man in the Mirror’ at the 1988 Grammy Awards.