The lights on the Grammy stage have gone down. The stars have (presumably) gone home. But the rest of the world is up and buzzing about the evening’s performances (and Pharrell’s hat.) Once again, the duets stole the show. Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Pink and Nate Ruess. Daft Punk with Pharrell and Stevie. And of course, the incomparable pairing of Madonna, Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah and all the couples — especially the gay ones — who married on that stage.
The latter is bound to go down as one of the most memorable performances in Grammy history, which inevitably gets me thinking about great duets from the past. Who can forget when Eminem and Elton John took the stage for their unforgettable performance of Em’s hit “Stan” in 2001? Also, I’m pretty sure there may be one or two of you queens who remember when Beyoncé delivered not one but two memorable Grammy moments: First, she shook her ass with Prince in ’04, and then she bopped booties with Ms. Tina Turner in ’08. Gays absolutely lost their shit. My personal favorite, however, is when a cancer-fighting Melissa Etheridge took the stage with Joss Stone for an incredible tribute to the late Janis Joplin that will forever be embedded in my gay soul. Amazing.
I’ve rounded up all these amazing collabos in the videos below. Check them out, and be sure to let us know who we missed in the comments section below.
Beyoncé and Tina Turner
Eminem and Elton John
U2 and Mary J. Blige
Madonna with the Gorillaz and De La Soul
Beyonce and Prince
Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone
Moby with Mary J. Blige and Blue Man Group
Paul McCartney with Jay-Z and Linkin Park
Elton John and Lady Gaga
Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Li’l Kim and Patti LaBelle