Best Grammys performances 2019 ranked: Cardi B, Post Malone, Lady Gaga and more

CNET | 2/11/2019 | Jennifer Bisset
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Cardi B had an A+ performance.

Even without Beyonce or Taylor Swift, the 2019 Grammys showed up.

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On Sunday night, the 61st Grammy Awards saw Childish Gambino win big with This is America for both Record and Song of the Year, and Kasey Musgraves for Album of the Year.

While a few big names like Queen Bee and Swift didn't even set foot in Staples Center in Los Angeles (the former saw her album with Jay-Z snubbed in the big categories and the latter didn't show up last year either), there were some memorable moments from a, well, wide range of performances.

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From dual piano-playing to Motown tributes, these are the best Grammy performances ranked in order of awards show greatness. But did they reach pregnant Beyonce levels of greatness? That's what you should be looking for below. (Disclosure: The Grammys aired on CBS, parent company of CNET.) See all the winners.

Alicia Keys is one talented woman.

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She plays two pianos at one time. She wears a Carmen San Diego hat. What can't the host of the 61st Grammys do? Alicia Keys' love of music was radiant and one of the highlights of the show, not to mention her music itself. When she finally sang her own song, New York, it became ... unforgettable. Fitting that she makes the top of this list.

Oh we feel. Janelle Monáe head-bopped her way to the top of this list with her army of women in space-themed suits Michael Jackson would have been proud of. Those blue lights, that purple smoke, that killer song that's all about love -- "Let the **** have a monologue." Thank you, good night.

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How to open the biggest music awards show? Take our hearts to Havana. Camila Cabello did just that, with a big dance crew and Young Thug, Ricky Martin, J Balvin and...
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