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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artists The Edge, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton of U2 perform remotely during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for NARAS)

Last night’s 2018 Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden featured performances from 3 classic rockers as well as a tribute to Tom Petty.  U2, Elton John and Sting made key contributions to this year’s event. 

U2

U2 turned in a powerful performance from a barge on the Hudson River, using The Statue of Liberty as the backdrop as they played their song ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’ .  The song was pre-recorded on Friday evening but played during Sunday’s telecast.  Bono and The Edge also made a brief appearance on stage with Kendrick Lamar. Lamar opened the telecast with an intense and artistic display of vocals and choreography.

 

Sting

Sting made multiple appearances during The Grammy’s. He took part in a pre-recorded comedy skit with the evening’s host, James Corden, called ‘Subway Car Karaoke’ (a take on Corden’s extremely popular Carpool Karaoke feature) and Sting also performed his song ‘Englishmen in New York’ as well as new song called ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ with Shaggy.

 

Elton John

Sir Elton performed a duet of ‘Tiny Dancer’ with Miley Cyrus.  Elton began the performance solo, with a white rose on his piano (an homage to the ‘Time’s Up’ movement).  During the second verse, Cyrus joined him.  As the song progressed, they sang together in harmony and delivered one of the evening’s most memorable performances.  We wish we had video to show you but it has since been removed from Youtube.

 

Tom Petty Tribute

Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris performed Tom Petty’s 1994 song ‘Wildflowers’ as a tribute to the recently deceased singer.  Here’s a brief clip of the performance.

 

Grammys 2018: Watch Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris's Tom Petty Tribute Performance

The 2018 Grammys paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with a performance from Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris, who performed an acoustic duet of Petty's 1994 song "Wildflowers."