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The Grammys: Five Worst Performances

T-Pain Jamie FoxxLook, it's T-Pain, Slash and Jamie Foxx. And when we say look, we mean don't listen. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

From Taylor Swift to T-Pain, there was something uniquely awful for everyone at last night's Grammy awards.

We count down the night’s five most terrible, so-bad-they-were-good moments.

5. Lil Wayne, Drake, Eminem and Travis Barker

The performance itself was just fine, but those profanity-censoring bleeps were the lengthiest we’ve ever heard, and almost certainly unnecessary. Even Weezy probably can’t string that many curse words together in a row. And is it us, or is presenter Quentin Tarantino starting to look more and more like Fonzie?

(The rest of the worst, after the jump.)

4. Ke$ha and Justin Bieber

Ke$ha towers over Bieber. If someone said that to you a year ago you'd have no clue what they were talking about. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Why do you exist, Ke$ha? And why must you tower so threateningly over pop tot Justin Bieber, making him get all flustered and promise Beyonce instead of Bon Jovi, and causing the nation to get its hopes up? And then Bon Jovi came on and performed for six minutes. Six minutes! We'll never get those minutes back.

3. Jamie Foxx, T-Pain, Slash, Doug E. Fresh and Auto-Tune

Dressed like the maître d' of a restaurant for pirates, Foxx led the evening’s most shambling group performance. The best parts were the audience reaction shots: Rihanna tried clapping along politely and then gave up; Josh Duhamel looked confused and irritated; Jay-Z looked like he was trying not to cry. Plus, Slash showed up for some reason, wearing his circa ’93 stovepipe hat and leather pants, and doing his circa ‘93 guitar solo. Oh, Slash. This is why Axl doesn’t want you back.

2. Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson

It’s hard to avoid sounding mawkish and/or ghoulish during a Michael Jackson tribute, but this eight minute sap-a-thon was full of cringeworthy moments: the frolicking Amazonian creatures; the shots of children staring thoughtfully at butterflies; MJ discussing his love of trees in a disembodied voiceover. Why a music awards show would host a 3-D slide show dedicated to Jackson’s environmentalism, instead of, you know, his many musical achievements, is baffling. And what was Carrie Underwood doing there?

1. Stevie Nicks and Taylor Swift

Swift’s off-key performance wasn’t as bad as all that, but it was pretty awful. Fans must, on some level, realize that the awesome-and-adorable-in-every-other-way Swift can’t sing very well, they just don’t want to be reminded of it. The addition of Nicks, whose voice was once famously compared to that of a yak singing in a wind tunnel, didn’t help matters: If you can’t out-sing Stevie Nicks, you’re in trouble.

By Allison Stewart  |  February 1, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  Grammys  | Tags: Carrie Underwood, Drake, Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Lil Wayne, Michael Jackson, Slash, Stevie Nicks, T-Pain, Taylor Swift  
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I think the Grammys this year is a drinking game waiting to happen - too bad I already erased it from my DVR.

Posted by: Hemisphire | February 1, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I thought this would be a mature opinion piece, maybe serious or perhaps humorous, on the Grammy Awards. This is just arrogant and and hostile, and I'm very surprised to see this kind of immaturity given space on

Posted by: jdVA | February 1, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

And the awards to allison Stewart are listed below...

Posted by: tcurtin | February 1, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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