10 Best New York City Awards Show Performances, From JAY-Z to Lady Gaga

Concrete jungle where dream are done of, indeed. When a Grammy Awards strike New York City’s Madison Square Garden for their 60th annual book on Sunday (Jan. 28), it’ll symbol a initial Big Apple-based Grammy fantastic given 2003. As a result, a large uncover will join a prolonged line of strain endowment ceremonies that set adult emporium in a city that never sleeps and, subsequently, became a partial of NYC’s storied strain history.

In respect of a Grammy’s easterly seashore return, feast your eyes and ears on a many quintessential New York awards uncover moments in strain history. From Aretha Franklin during a ‘98 Grammys stepping in for Pavarotti to Michael Jackson in his primary belting out “The Way You Make Me Feel” during Radio City for a ‘88 Grammys (not to discuss a bloody, star-making set pleasantness of Lady Gaga during a ‘09 Video Music Awards), these are a performers who managed to constraint a suggestion of a city so good they named it twice.

1998 Grammy Awards: Aretha Franklin’s “Nessun Dorma”

It was a opening that will not usually go down in story as one of a best Grammy Awards moments of all time, yet one of a many show-stopping moments in strain history. When a mythological Italian effort Luciano Pavarotti bailed on singing his standard “Nessun Dorma” during a final notation underneath doctor’s orders, producers rang Franklin who coincidentally sang a same strain a night before during a MusiCares event. Sans a singular rehearsal, a Queen of Soul strike a Radio City Stage and facilely dominated. Said Jeff Scheftel, a Recording Academy’s Media Productions Director: “It was amazing, unusual what she did. Personally, we thought, ‘Y’know, there’s still time — if you’re gonna ask Aretha Franklin, let her do ‘Natural Woman.’ Everybody would adore that, she can do it in her sleep!’ But [her ‘Nessun Dorma’] was amazing, and she’s an unusual performer, and she rose to a arise on gameday like no one else.”

2009 Video Music Awards: JAY-Z ft. Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind”

When it comes to a really best Big Apple strain moments, it’s tough to tip a star energy of hometown heroes JAY-Z and Alicia Keys shutting out a raucous 2009 VMAs with their present classical “Empire State of Mind” on Radio City Music Hall’s storied stage. From JAY name-checking associate NYC fable Frank Sinatra to Keys coining a word “concrete jungle where dreams are done of,” it resulted in pristine civil soundness – all notwithstanding a fact a opening was scarcely derailed by a theatre pile-up pleasantness rapper Lil Mama.

1997 Video Music Awards: Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans, 112, Mase and Sting’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” “I’ll Be Missing You”

It was Sep 1997 and a strain universe was still disorder from a murder of Brooklyn idol a Notorious B.I.G. For MTV’s Radio City Music Hall-based show, VMAs non-stop with a touching reverence to a slain rapper from his collaborator and crony Puffy. A classical impulse in New York City strain history, it also served as a impulse of low-pitched flightiness in a face of meaningless violence.

1988 Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” “The Man in a Mirror”

You can’t get many improved than a King of Pop behaving dual of his biggest hits during one of America’s many ancestral venues. When a 1988 Grammys headed to Radio City Music Hall, a nation watched as Jackson strutted his things to applaud a 30th anniversary of a large uncover by belting out his Bad classics “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “The Man in a Mirror,” both usually a integrate months aged by then. It was a opening that would have inclusive effects, with a latter lane snagging a assignment for Record of a Year during a subsequent Grammys. 

2002 Video Music Awards: Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising”

Bruuuuuuce! For a initial iteration of a Video Music Awards given a comfortless events of 9/11, MTV employed Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band to open a uncover with rousing outside delivery of his inspirational stone jam “The Rising,” his criticism on a apprehension attacks that occurred a year earlier. Making a opening all a some-more New York-centric is a fact Tony Soprano himself, a late James Gandolfini, introduced a set.

2016 Tony Awards: The Broadway Cast of Hamilton‘s “History Has Its Eyes On You” “(Yorktown) The World Turned Upside Down”

Live from a Beacon Theater, it was a bona fide Big Apple opening concerning a ancestral New York figure. Introduced by President Obama himself, a strange Broadway expel of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pound low-pitched Hamilton, afterwards during a tallness of a power, strike a Tony theatre for dual signature songs, “History Has Its Eyes on You” and a feeling “(Yorktown) The World Turned Upside Down.” Giving a rest of a nation a glance of a prolongation they could usually dream of removing tickets for, a whole Tony rite in 2016 was focused on a musical’s measureless fandom and success, with Miranda and association after winning 11 awards, including Best Musical.

2009 Video Music Awards: Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi”

When Manhattan local Stefani Germanotta strike a VMA theatre during Radio City Music Hall in Sep 2009, she was roving high on a success of her entrance manuscript The Fame, that yielded dual Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s in “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” However, it was this opening of a album’s fifth single, a celebrity-culture criticism that is “Paparazzi,” that cemented her as not only another dance-pop princess but…Gaga. Dripping blood in a midst of an impracticable set, a thespian ascended from one area of stardom to another and subsequently became a domicile name.

2002 Video Music Awards: Eminem’s “White America” “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”

If there’s one artist who knows how to make an awards uncover splash, it’s Slim Shady. During Eminem’s early ’00s heyday, he delivered a kind of epic opening you’d design from a Detroit-born superstar: quirky, resourceful and controversial. Using a courthouse-set, Eminem destitute out his satirical hits “Cleanin’ Out my Closet” and “White America.” The rapper’s night became some-more important after holding home a VMA for Video of a Year, Best Male Video and Best Rap Vide – all for “Without Me,” that stays one of his many successful vicious and blurb singles to this day.  

2009 Video Music Awards: Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”

Put a ring on it! On a night when a biggest thing that happened during Radio City Music Hall was Kanye West interrupting destiny frenemy Taylor Swift’s acceptance debate for Best Female Video, Queen B still ordered attention. Performing her 2008 lane “Single Ladies,” that by Sep 2009 was roughly a year old, a megastar took a VMAs by charge with an epic slight that concerned sharp dance moves and pristine cocktail talent, creation it one of Beyonce’s many noted performances in a career full of them.

2003 Grammys: Norah Jones and John Mayer’s “Don’t Know Why” “Your Body Is a Wonderland”

For a 45th iteration of a Grammy Awards, that aired live from Madison Square Garden in Feb ‘03 (the final time a large uncover done a home in NYC), a noted rite gave new definition to a aged New York proverb “If we can make it here, we can make it anywhere.” Then new faces, Norah Jones and John Mayer arguably cemented their rising star standing with a duet on star-making marks “Wonderland” and “Don’t Know Why.” Jones took a bullion though, with a then-24-year-old snagging a awards for Record of a Year, Album of a Year, Song of a Year and Best New Artist.  

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