Best 2016 GRAMMY Performances

Incredible. Respectful. Emotional.

If you watched the Grammy Awards, you know those words were nothing short of the amazing performances that took place last night in Los Angeles.

In case you missed them, here’s a recap of the best acts of the evening:

Taylor Swift

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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

Our first performer of the night was rocking a tight bob and shimmering jumpsuit that had many of us in awe. Swift let out a dramatic and powerful rendition of her latest single Out Of The Woods. It was safe to say she set the tone for the evening.

Sam Hunt & Carrie Underwood

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(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

Valentine’s Day may be over, but there was plenty of passion and romance bouncing off of these two. Hunt began the performance by rapping Take Your Time, which later blended into Underwood’s Heartbeat. They sang intensely into each others eyes, leaving us begging for more.

The Weeknd

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(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

Arguably one of the best dressed acts of the evening, The Weeknd sang as good as he looked. He kicked things off with I Can’t Feel My Face then transitioned into a slow down melody of In The Night. Not to mention he earned a very long standing ovation from his peers in the audience.

John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor, Tyrese Gibson & Lionel Richie

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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

It was the ultimate, star studded Lionel Richie tribute with today’s stars doing renditions of his classic hits. Legend sang (Easy Like Sunday Morning), Lovato (Hello), Bryan (Penny Lover), Trainor (You Are) and Gibson (Brick House). Richie also joined in on the fun by hopping up on stage and sang All Night Long.

Little Big Town

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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

We all had a Girl Crush after this one. The song of the year nominee was performed like we had never heard it before with a warm a cappella harmony and an orchestra of strings, adding tension to the already somber tune.

Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix

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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

In a tribute to the late Earth, Wind & Fire front man and musical genius, Maurice White, Pentatonix teamed up with living legend, Stevie Wonder. It was a brief tribute, but it gave us a suitable, groovy feel that would have kept us up dancing all night.

Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh

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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS)

The tributes continued and the next to be honored was the late Eagles singer Glenn Frey. Frey’s old friend, Jackson Browne, brought everybody to their feet with Take It Easy. Eagles fans should be proud of the performance; Frey sure would have been.

Kendrick Lamar

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(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

This performance was on fire, literally. Lamar first came out dressed like a prisoner, rapping his hit single The Blacker the Berry. Following that, a fiery sequence took place as he performed Alright. Both songs came off of his nominated Album of the Year To Pimp A Butterfly.

Justin Bieber and Jack Ü

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Bieber Fever was in full swing Monday night. The Biebs began standing alone on stage and was strumming his guitar to Love Yourself. After he nailed that, the party started. He ran from one stage to another, to meet up with Skrillex, Diplo and friends to knockout Where Are Ü Now.

Lady Gaga

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(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

Some found it stunning while others saw it as awkward, but there’s no doubt that Lady Gaga’s tribute to the late David Bowie was eye opening. Pop music’s most influential chameleon covered hit songs from Space Oddity to Let’s Dance. It truly was a treat for the eyes and the ears.

Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt

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(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

Country’s golden boy Chris Stapleton teamed up with Clark and Raitt to pay homage to the late B.B. King. In a soulful tribute, Stapleton showed off his blues chops by singing The Thrill Is Gone, while Clark and Raitt also providing vocals and doing their thing on the guitar.

Hollywood Vampires

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(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

You can’t have a Grammy Awards without the Hollywood Vampires. In what looked more like a movie set than a music stage, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum all took front and center to rock out. They payed honor to Motorhead’s Lemmy by performing Ace of Spades.

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