You never know what to expect at the Grammys. 

As music's biggest night, we can expect, well, music, but beyond that, the annual event often lends itself to at least a few surprises. In addition to finding out the year's esteemed winners, the Grammys stand apart from the other major award shows of the season as the ceremony is also packed with performances. And, with every year that passes, those performances set a higher bar for what is possible through song. 

Naturally, a boundary-pushing act makes for an unforgettable moment, like Beyoncé's in 2017, in which the expectant star took everyone's breath away with a stunning—and gravity-defying—routine celebrating pregnancy, motherhood and womanhood. 

As well as those one-of-a-kind moments, the show has also been the site of some unconventional arrivals (we're looking at you, Lady Gaga), and, as to be expected, some win-induced controversy. 

Now, with the 2020 Grammys just days away, the year's biggest musical stars are about to come together for what is sure to be another show packed with moments that will keep fans talking into the next day. 

In the meantime, allow us to jog your memory with a recap of the craziest things to ever happen at the Grammys. After Sunday, the list might have a new addition—but we'll all just have to wait and watch. 


Jennifer Lopez, Grammy Awards, 2000, Shocking Grammys Moments


Eminem, Elton John, Shocking Grammys Moments


Evanescence, 50 Cent, Grammy Awards, 2004


Lil' Wayne, M.I.A., Grammy Awards 2009

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Lady Gaga, Grammy Awards, 2011

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Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore

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Kanye West, Beck, Grammy Awards, 2015

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Beyonce, 2017 Grammys, Show, Performance

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Adele, 2017 Grammys, Candids

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Adele, 2017 Grammys, Show, Performance, Sad

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Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Grammy Awards 2019

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Alicia Keys, 2019 Grammys, Grammy Awards, Performance

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