Grammy fever is once again in the air, and music aficionados all over the globe are eager to see who will take home the night’s top prizes. Casual fans, however, are gushing in anticipation, excited to witness some of their favorite artists rockin’ out onstage. The Grammys have a history of churning out some of the most outrageous performances by the industry’s most daring female pop stars, and this year should be no different—spandex and extreme gyrating notwithstanding.
Wave-makers like Beyonce and Adele are some of the night’s brightest names, both of whom have delivered inspiring Grammy performances themselves in the past, and are sure to take home an award or three before the proceedings are over. And to get you gentlemen pumped up for what’s about to go down at the 2017 Grammy Awards, here’s a short list of 5 of the sexiest Grammy performances in recent memory.
Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Mya, Lil’ Kim feat. Patti Labelle (2002)
Fresh off of the success of director Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, the four divas brought boudoir to the forefront with their modern rendition of the Patti LaBelle classic. The cherry on top of this campy cake: soul siren Patti LaBelle making a scene-stealing appearance. There’s nothing quite like brothels, feather boas, and amazing music to leave the stench of sex in the air.
'Glitter in the Air'
P!nk has always been a one of a kind musician, going the extra mile when it comes to her showmanship. Borrowing some tricks from Cirque du Soleil, she performed “Glitter in the Air” wrapped in a sheet that was attached to the ceiling of the venue—in a tight AF, see-through bodysuit no less. Twirling as she sang like an angel, with a finale that required her to get drenched in water, the acrobatics combined with her stellar voice made for an unforgettable audiovisual experience that has yet to be matched by any other performer.
'Living for Love'
There’s just no stopping the original rebel of pop. Marked by bulls dancing by her side and an abundance of pagan symbolisms, the troublemaker brought the house down with an anthem that’s as sinful as it is empowering. This might sound like blasphemy, but it’s gospel truth that Gaga, Riri, and Miley got nothin’ on Madonna. Is it wrong to feel lust for someone who could be your grandmother?
'Drunk in Love'
Beyonce and Jay-Z (2014)
Count on Queen B to use smoke machines, strobe lights, and chair-straddling moves to turn up the heat. All legs and slicked back hair and smoldering stares, Beyonce is as majestic as she is mesmerizing. Even if her hubby didn’t join her onstage, it still would have been a badass number that this showstopper could add to her growing list of wow moments.
'Underneath It All' and 'Hella Good'
No Doubt (2003)
What’s better than Gwen Stefani in a tummy-baring tube top having fun with a No Doubt medley? Nothing. In this powerful exhibition of her unparalleled stage presence, Gwen Stefani reminds audiences why she was the queen of ska back in the ’90s.