The Grammys Love a Rap-Rock Performance, But What’s the Best One?

Last night, Post Malone shared his first Grammys efficiency with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, becoming a member of in a protracted line rap-rock collaborations which have dotted the ceremony over the previous twenty years. Rap-rock isn’t essentially probably the most respected, awards-friendly style — Limp Bizkit have zero Grammys, in spite of everything — however cross-genre collaborations are catnip for Grammys producers. You can get two or extra huge acts collectively for a giant “second” that takes up much less airtime than if every act had their very own efficiency. And you get to have fun the concept that it is a evening for all pop music’s disparate tribes to come back collectively. Example: Blink-182 has by no means carried out on the Grammys, however Travis Barker has carried out thrice, at all times with rappers.

Unfortunately, many these performances are practice wrecks, and at finest they nonetheless fall quick any sort groundbreaking Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. second. But the place does the summit between Post and Flea rank on this doubtful custom?

13. The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Eve, Los Lonely Boys, Maroon 5, and Franz Ferdinand (2005)

Remember when mash-ups have been all the fashion? Well, about 5 years later, the Grammys tried to get in on the enjoyable with the “reside mash-up” that opened the 2005 telecast. This ten-minute medley was much less about collaboration and extra about stuffing as many B-listers and rising stars into one set piece as doable, getting them out the way in which early to clear room for an evening dominated by Usher and Kanye West. Most the phase consists BEP performing a bit “Let’s Get It Started” after which throwing it to 1 the opposite acts to carry out their track. But on the finish, everybody comes collectively for the messy climactic second the place bits “Heaven,” “This Love,” and “Take Me Out” are awkwardly sung over “Let’s Get It Started.”

12. Coldplay and Jay-Z (2009)

In the oddly plentiful subject Coldplay-rap fusions, the remix “Lost!” that includes Jay-Z is well my favourite. But the scaled-down efficiency on the 51st Grammys, with Hov half-heartedly flowing over Chris Martin’s solo piano association, didn’t do it justice as a mere preamble to the total band efficiency “Viva La Vida.”

11. Lil Wayne, Eminem, Drake, and Travis Barker (2010)

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker might be rock’s greatest hip-hop head, performing with numerous rappers and even producing respectable beats for T.I. and Paul Wall. But the band he lead for a medley “Drop the World” and “Forever” on the Grammys simply gave a thudding generic nu-metal makeover to 2 songs that have been fairly charmless and overblown to start with.

10. Deadmau5, David Guetta, Foo Fighters, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne (2012)

This odd medley was primarily a celebration EDM’s newfound industrial relevance, however extra conventional stars from rap, rock, and R&B have been crammed in to place some recognizable faces in a efficiency that centered on Deadmau5’s huge, foolish LED helmet.

9. Pitbull, Joe Perry, Robin Thicke, and Travis Barker (2016)

Pitbull’s single “Bad Man” that includes Robin Thicke and members Aerosmith and Blink-182 was the type random seize bag stars from totally different genres that predictably ends in a single that no radio format is concerned about. But once more, you set a rapper and Travis Barker collectively and CBS is able to set it up because the grand finale for the Grammys.

eight. Sly Stone, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Fantasia, Will.i.am, John Legend, Maroon 5, Ciara, Van Hunt, Robert Randolph, and Joss Stone (2006)

The reclusive Sly Stone gave his first public efficiency in practically 20 years on the 2006 Grammys, displaying up with a vibrant blond Mohawk towards the top an all-star medley Sly & the Family Stone hits to ship a short, barely audible vocal on “I Want to Take You Higher.” Sly reportedly waited in a automotive till the efficiency started, and instantly left the constructing and drove f after his cameo. But this memorably anticlimactic efficiency will get in our rap-rock rundown as a result of, crammed in between performances by members Maroon 5 and Aerosmith, there was Will.i.am, rapping a deeply pointless verse from his 2005 remix “Dance to the Music.”

7. Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (2019)

If Post Malone’s Grammys efficiency felt a bit acquainted, it’s as a result of solely six months in the past he closed the MTV Video Music Awards with an analogous routine, rapping his hit “Rock Star” after which strapping on a guitar to carry out with a legendary rock band. Last time, it was Aerosmith, and the truth that Posty selected to carry out a much less apparent observe from the band’s early days, “Toys within the Attic,” actually livened issues up. By comparability, Red Hot Chili Peppers displaying up simply to play their lackluster 2016 single “Dark Necessities” was a bit a letdown. But the efficiency was high-energy, and highlighted the very alternative ways Post Malone and Anthony Kiedis mix singing and rapping (in addition to their shared penchant for unflattering facial hair).

6. Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons (2014)

It’s inconceivable for Kendrick Lamar performing “M.A.A.D City” to be something lower than gripping. The proven fact that Kendrick Lamar’s gripping efficiency “M.A.A.D City” was smashed into Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” diminishes the track’s influence a bit. And it’s an ideal instance how rap-rock collaborations largely serve to water down the presence hip-hop on the Grammys: a newly topped rap celebrity was up for AOTY for a landmark album, and he nonetheless needed to share the stage with a grungetronica band.

5. Jay-Z, Linkin Park, and Paul McCartney (2006)

Danger Mouse’s 2004 Jay-Z and the Beatles remix venture, The Grey Album, was praised by each Jay and Paul McCartney, however the broadly bootlegged album was by no means granted an ficial launch. Instead, Jay teamed up with a extra modern rock band later that 12 months, Linkin Park, to match his verses to their songs. And in 2006, all of it got here full circle when “Numb/Encore” gained the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Macca joined the boys to awkwardly sing a bit “Yesterday” over the observe (Danger Mouse put the vocals from “Encore” over the Lennon and Harrison deep cuts “Glass Onion” and “Savoy Truffle,” which wouldn’t have made as a lot sense for a McCartney cameo). Fun reality: At this level, Jay-Z had been performing “Encore,” probably the most overtly retirement-themed track from his supposed farewell document The Black Album, for near 26 months. He would ficially unretire about eight months later.

four. Eminem and Elton John (2001)

One probably the most well-known collaborations in Grammys historical past was between a rapper and a rock star, however that wasn’t actually the style conflict that made it a lightning-rod second. The evening the Marshall Mathers LP was up for Album the Year, lots of protesters gathered outdoors the Staples Center, many from GLAAD, incensed by the album’s homophobic lyrics. So Elton John, maybe probably the most well-known overtly homosexual musician on the planet, performing “Stan” with Eminem and embracing him on the finish the track, was a defiant response to critics. As a spectacle, it’s inarguably nice tv, however the efficiency hasn’t aged nicely, musically or symbolically. Elton John belts out the refrain initially crooned by trip-hop ingénue Dido as if it was “I’m Still Standing,” although the piano he performs over the observe provides some welcome melody and texture. And although Em and Elton stay shut buddies to at the present time, the publicity stunt that introduced them collectively feels a bit empty 18 years later. Last 12 months, Eminem referred to as Tyler, the Creator a homophobic slur on Kamikaze. Those protesters had some extent.

three. Jamie Foxx, T-Pain, Doug E. Fresh, and Slash (2010)

Slash has been the guitar celebrity most certainly to cross style strains since his ’90s collaborations with Michael Jackson and Blackstreet, so it’s by no means shocking to see him present up in an awards-show jam. At the 51st Grammys, Jamie Foxx leaned into his position as music’s class clown, turning his membership hit “Blame It” into a giant foolish epic with Doug E. Fresh beatboxing and Slash taking part in the coda from “November Rain.”

2. Kendrick Lamar, U2, and Dave Chappelle (2018)

I feared the worst after I heard that U2 would seem on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. and was pleasantly stunned that they wound up as a refined, unobtrusive presence on “XXX.” That understated high quality is misplaced a bit in a Grammys efficiency the place Bono and the Edge stride out onstage subsequent to Kendrick. But nonetheless, it’s frighteningly uncommon for a top-tier rapper and top-tier rockers to carry out collectively with out anyone embarrassing themselves.

1. LL Cool J, Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello, and DJ Z-Trip (2013)

LL Cool J was a pleasing Grammys host for the 5 consecutive years he presided over the telecast earlier this decade. But the one time he carried out throughout his internet hosting tenure, he made it rely, closing the present with an all-star rap-rock medley. Adam Yauch had solely handed away 9 months earlier, and it’s a real delight to listen to two the Beastie Boys’ early Def Jam labelmates shout the “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” refrain whereas Tom Morello tore into the riff.