The 2014 Grammy Awards had a distinctly throwback feel, as some of the classic performers from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s joined current hit-makers onstage. Here are some of the highlights:
- Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers. The 63-year-old Wonder joined the French pop duo Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams on “Get Lucky.” The R&B legend, who’s won 22 Grammy awards himself, played keyboards and grabbed a few vocal lines, showing that he’s still got that incomparable set of pipes. Rodgers, 63, disco-soul pioneer and co-founder of the band Chic, added some guitar licks.
- Chicago. The venerable big-band rockers teamed up with sexy crooner Robin Thicke do a medley of their hits from the late 1960s and early 1970s, “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Beginnings” and “Saturday in the Park,” before segueing into Thicke’s megahit “Blurred Lines.”
- Madonna. The 55-year-old pop diva, clad in a white tuxedo and cowboy hat, made a surprise appearance in the middle of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s gay-rights anthem “Same Love” to sing a few lines of her own 1986 hit “Open Your Heart.”
- Carole King. The ever-ebullient 71-year-old singer-songwriter joined Sara Bareilles for an unusual duet in which both played piano and sang on a medley of King’s song “Beautiful” from her 1971 album Tapestry, coupled with Bareilles’ hit “Brave.”
- Paul McCartney. Sir Paul joined Grunge rockers Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear to accept the Best Rock Song award for “Cut Me Some Slack.” Sir Paul joked that Grohl originally invited him to studio to cut a remake of “Long Tall Sally,” to which he replied, “Been there, done that.”
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