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

Last night time, Post Malone shared his first Grammys efficiency with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, becoming a member of in a protracted line of 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 any case — however cross-genre collaborations are catnip for Grammys producers. You can get two or extra massive acts collectively for an enormous “second” that takes up much less airtime than if every act had their very own efficiency. And you get to rejoice the concept this can be a night time for all of pop music’s disparate tribes to return 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 of those performances are practice wrecks, and at greatest they nonetheless fall in need of any form of 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 had been all the fad? Well, about 5 years later, the Grammys tried to get in on the enjoyable with the “stay 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 potential, getting them out of the best way early to clear room for an evening dominated by Usher and Kanye West. Most of the phase consists of BEP performing a little bit of “Let’s Get It Started” after which throwing it to one of many different acts to carry out their tune. But on the finish, everybody comes collectively for the messy climactic second the place bits of “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 of Coldplay-rap fusions, the remix of “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 of “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 of “Drop the World” and “Forever” on the Grammys simply gave a thudding generic nu-metal makeover to 2 songs that had 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 of EDM’s newfound business relevance, however extra conventional stars from rap, rock, and R&B had been crammed in to place some recognizable faces in a efficiency that centered on Deadmau5’s massive, foolish LED helmet.

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

Pitbull’s single “Bad Man” that includes Robin Thicke and members of Aerosmith and Blink-182 was the form of random seize bag of stars from completely different genres that predictably leads to a single that no radio format is eager 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 almost 20 years on the 2006 Grammys, displaying up with a vibrant blond Mohawk towards the tip of an all-star medley of Sly & the Family Stone hits to ship a quick, 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 off 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 of Maroon 5 and Aerosmith, there was Will.i.am, rapping a deeply pointless verse from his 2005 remix of “Dance to the Music.”

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

If Post Malone’s Grammys efficiency felt a little 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 monitor 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 little bit of a letdown. But the efficiency was high-energy, and highlighted the very other 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 undeniable fact that Kendrick Lamar’s gripping efficiency of “M.A.A.D City” was smashed into Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” diminishes the tune’s affect a little bit. And it’s an ideal instance of how rap-rock collaborations largely serve to water down the presence of 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 official 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 little bit of “Yesterday” over the monitor (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 tune from his supposed farewell document The Black Album, for near 26 months. He would formally unretire about eight months later.

four. Eminem and Elton John (2001)

One of 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 night time the Marshall Mathers LP was up for Album of the Year, a whole bunch 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 brazenly homosexual musician on the planet, performing “Stan” with Eminem and embracing him on the finish of the tune, was a defiant response to critics. As a spectacle, it’s inarguably nice tv, however the efficiency hasn’t aged properly, 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 monitor 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 little bit empty 18 years later. Last 12 months, Eminem known 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 probably 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 an enormous 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 once I heard that U2 would seem on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. and was pleasantly stunned that they wound up as a delicate, 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 of the Beastie Boys’ early Def Jam labelmates shout the “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” refrain whereas Tom Morello tore into the riff.