GRAMMY Awards: 3 Unforgettable Moments

February 12, 2017

This Sunday marks the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, and when an award show’s been around that long, there are bound to be about a million standout rock moments.

That said, this list of GRAMMY moments is by no means exclusive, but it is one that we can firmly stand behind. See if your favorite moments in GRAMMY history align with ours below.

Metallica: 1989 GRAMMYs

While Metallica never disappoints, the band’s first GRAMMY performance deserves some cred as one of their finest. The gunshots and fireworks give life to the wartime lyrics of “One.” Metallica will no doubt nail their performance during Sunday’s 59th Annual Grammy Awards, but see where it all began in the video below.

Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, and Steven Van Zandt: 2003 GRAMMYs

Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, and Steven Van Zandt played “London Calling” as a tribute to The Clash’s Joe Strummer, who had tragically passed away months before the show. The fact that this group of musicians were together on one stage is enough to make this a great moment, but pair that with the fact that The Clash won a GRAMMY that same night, and you’ve got one killer GRAMMY moment.

Guns N’ Roses: 1989 GRAMMYs

Guns N’ Roses played the GRAMMYs the same year as Metallica, but they took a more low-key approach with an acoustic version of “Patience.” While Guns N’ Roses have been nominated for multiple GRAMMYs, they’ve never actually won. But that doesn’t mean fans didn’t take notice of their GRAMMY performance nonetheless. Check it out below.

The GRAMMYs air live from the Staples Center this Sunday on CBS.