From Macklemore to Beyonce: The Grammys 2014 performances, ranked from best to worst

The 56th Grammy Awards are in the books and the special moments created throughout the show will surely last for years to come. The performances shined brighter than any award could, with some bringing viewers to tears.

Everyone has their favorites, and those they didn't really care for. Follow with Zap2it as we recount the night's performances, from best to worst.

Mackemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah and Madonna

A performance of their hit "Same Love" wasn't enough. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis included an appearance by Madonna and, more importantly, a mass wedding. In all, 33 couples were wed, including Lewis' sister and her fiance, creating one of the most special moments in Grammy history.

Pink and Nate Ruess

Pink was simply amazing. She did her aerial acrobatics, sounded strong and was truly one of the best entertainers of the night. The only downside of her performance was Ruess from the band Fun. The vocalist didn't have a strong enough voice to go toe-to-toe with Pink on stage.

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton

Shelton looked like a kid in a candy store on Christmas morning, performing with the three country icons. They played through a few of their more famous songs and everyone looked happy to be there, having a good time. Watching the generations of country music come together was a sight to behold.

Sarah Bareilles and Carole King

This one took a lot of people by surprise, but a simple piano duet between Bareilles and King, who performed a version of "Brave," was a true highlight of the night.

Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham

What a great combination to end the show with. Rock and roll greats from a few different bands getting together for one big number that brought the audience to its feet. The only problem was the show cut them off about halfway through, which didn't make Trent Reznor very happy.

Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons

While it may seem like a curious combination, the energy Lamar and Imagine Dragons packed into their performance can't be ignored. They were firing on all cylinders and left quite an impression.

Beyonce and Jay Z

This had to be considered an early favorite for performance of the night going into the show. It was a good way to start things off and set a good standard for what was to come.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

What a tease these guys are. All anyone was waiting for was a Beatles song, but no such luck. Still, the track they did play wasn't half bad and seeing two Beatles on stage together is something great.

Metallica and Lang Lang

The godfathers of heavy metal teamed with pianist Lang Lang for a very unique performance of their song "One," proving they are still at the top of their game.

Katy Perry

Perry went Gothic for her performance of "Dark Horse," which included, of course, an actual dark horse. She created some pretty stunning visuals, but will it stand the test of time?

Taylor Swift

Swift performed and it was fine. It wasn't mind-blowing, but it wasn't offensive either. Her bit was very middle of the road. She sure loved playing that piano, though.

Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder

Bringing in Wonder is a great strategy, but at the end of the day it was exactly like every single other time you've heard "Get Lucky." There was practically nothing different, other than Daft Punk were in the background pushing buttons on what looked like a fake control board.

Ringo Starr

Ringo was the only person to get two different performances. His solo appearance was nothing special. The best part was the old photographs shown while he sang, a nice trip down memory lane.

John Legend

There was nothing wrong with Legend's performance. It was nice. It just didn't stand out at all. It was lost in the shuffle among the big appearances.

Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr.

Like Legend, this wasn't a bad performance, it just ended up lost somewhere in the show. There wasn't anything extra special about it to help stand out.

Robin Thicke and Chicago

This was great when it was a tribute to Chicago's greatest hits, but then it became every single other performance of "Blurred Lines," a song people were sick of months ago. Chicago is better than being relegated to the "Blurred Lines" backup band.

Kacey Musgraves

It's hard to even know what Musgraves was singing about. How could anyone look beyond the stage setup and costumes everyone was wearing? It was like a neon nightmare, with her wearing a lamp shade for a skirt. So bizarre.


Lorde's performance left a bit to be desired. The stripped down version of "Royals" isn't new and she was looking a bit too "Beetlejuice." With so many trying new things on the Grammys, seeing the same old from Lorde was a bit of a let down. Maybe since it's her first Grammys she wanted to go with something safe? Then there's that whole weeping angels aspect.

Hunter Hayes

This one missed the mark by a long shot. The performance was lacking, the celebrity quotes about bullying were strange and none of it seemed to click. Perhaps in theory, Hayes had a great idea, it just didn't work out in practice. Better luck next time Hunter, because you'll surely be back.
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