The Top 10 Grammy Performances of 2015

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The Top 10 Grammy Performances of 2015

The 2015 Grammy Awards have come and gone. But, as usual, they've left a slew of fantastic performances by some of the greatest musical artists in the world. There were 23 performances in total. Here are the top 10:

10. AC/DC - "Highway to Hell"
No better way to open the night then by blasting everyone away with some true rock immortals.

9. Usher and Stevie Wonder - "If It's Magic"
From Songs in the Key of Life, "If It's Magic" felt magical thanks to Usher, a beautiful harp, and a quick cameo from the maestro himself on harmonica.

8. Annie Lennox and Hozier - "Take Me to Church" and "I Put a Spell on You"
Lennox, always a crowd-pleaser, got down with Hozier for his hit "Take Me to Church." Then she belted out Screamin' Jay Hawkins' classic "I Put a Spell on You." This was probably the most natural duet of the night.

7. Madonna - "Living for Love"
She's been doing it for decades now so when Madonna performs at the Grammys, you pay attention. This year she wowed us with minotaurs, paganism, and a western burlesque ensemble.

6. Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige - "Stay With Me"
The Record and Song of the Year winner, Sam Smith, lifted the crowd with his smash, belting out "Stay With Me" on the biggest stage. 

5. Katy Perry - "By the Grace of God"
Perry returned to her religious roots for the night's tearjerker moment, performing "By the Grace of God" after a powerful speech from domestic abuse survivor Brooke Axtell and a message from President Obama. Plus, seeing Perry take a step back to show off her pipes after that Super Bowl hallucination was a rare treat. (Check out

4. Sia - "Chandelier"
Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler performed the dance and Sia the vocals on her hit "Chandelier." The amazing set was the real star though.

3. Beck and Chris Martin - "Heart is a Drum"
"Surprise" Album of the Year winner Beck took the stage with Chris Martin of Coldplay to rip through "Heart is a Drum" from Morning Phase. Long one of the best singer/songwriters of any era, no one should really be surprised Beck won. 

2. Beyonce - "Take My Hand Oh Precious Lord."
She lost Album of the Year, but Beyonce didn't let anyone down with her rendition of the gospel song "Take My Hand Oh Precious Lord." She would be number one if it wasn't for...

1. Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney - "FourFiveSeconds"
McCartney showed off his formidable skills on "Four Five Seconds" in the night's most memorable collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye. Their silhouettes teased us in a simple display of showmanship that was a nice reprieve from the night's relentless swagger.

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