The Most Memorable, Best & Worst Moments of the 2024 Grammys

By: Michael Legg | Last updated: Mar 21, 2024

The 2024 Grammy Awards showcased a mix of exhilarating highs and disappointing lows, encapsulating the essence of the music industry’s most prestigious event. From groundbreaking performances to unexpected snubs, the ceremony offered a diverse array of moments that left an indelible mark on the music landscape.

As we reflect on the best and worst instances of the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, it becomes evident that this year’s event was a testament to the ever-evolving nature of music and its enduring ability to captivate and surprise audiences.

Celine Dion’s Surprise Grammy Appearance

One of the most surprising events of the night came from Celine Dion, who actually received a standing ovation from the audience. Celine has been battling stiff person syndrome, which is a rare neurological disorder.


Celine Dion at the 2024 Grammys | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

Celine was on stage for the final award of the night, the Album of the Year Award. Her appearance was a touching and emotional moment, as she expressed her gratitude and love for being at the event.

Trevor Noah and Tik Tok

While people have mixed reviews on Trevor’s hosting ability, fans were excited for his opinion of Tik Tok. Universal Music Group’s music was pulled from TikTok due to a failed licensing agreement.


Trever Noah Opening Monologue at the 2024 Grammy | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

Noah was not shy in sharing his opinion, “Shame on you, TikTok, for ripping off artists. That’s Spotify’s job,” was part of his opening monologue and addressed the ongoing dispute between TikTok and Universal Music Group.

The Recording Academy’s Mistake with Nikki Minaj

One of the most awkward moments of the 2024 Grammy Awards came when the Recording Academy mistakenly announced Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice as the winners of the Best Rap Song category through social media. The award actually went to Killer Mike for his work on “Scientists & Engineers”.


Source: Twitter (X) / Recording Academy

The Recording Academy’s social media account, formerly known as Twitter, quickly corrected the error, but not before it was captured in screenshots by multiple users.

Luke Combs’ Performance with Tracy Chapman

One of the biggest hits of the night was Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman performing a duet from the 1988 hit “Fast Car”. This was a significant performance as Chapman does not perform often.


Source: CBS Live Grammys Recording / 66th Grammys

The two artists, representing different genres and generations of music, sang a hearty version of Chapman’s song. Combs previously released a country version of the song within his 2023 album “Gettin’ Old”, which hit number one on Billboard’s country airplay chart.

Taylor Swift’s 13 and 14th Grammy Wins

Taylor Swift made history by winning her fourth Album of the Year for the album “Midnights.” Taylor is the first and only artist to win Album of the Year four times. The album “Midnights” features the stories of 13 sleepless nights, including themes of self-loathing, fantasizing about revenge, falling in love, and falling apart.

Taylor Swift Winning her Grammy ; Source: YouTube / CNA / Broadcast

In addition to her Album of the Year win, Swift was nominated for a few other categories at the 2024 Grammy Awards. Her 13th and 14th Grammy win essentially solidified her position as one of the most successful artists in contemporary music.


The Rain Delay

In addition to the sound issues, there was also a rain delay due to severe weather in Los Angeles. The National Weather Service actually issued a flood watch due to heavy rains and damaging winds.

The Arena in Los Angeles (Home of the Grammys) ; Source: Wikimedia Commons / Troutfarm27 / CC BY-SA 4.0

The impact of the severe weather raised many logistical issues, safety, and travel delays. The heavy rain and thunderstorms were forecasted to hit Downtown Los Angeles, including the Arena, where the Grammy Awards were being held.


Dua Lipa’s Core Strength

One of the most anticipated and appreciated parts of the Grammy Award show was the performance by Dua Lipa. She opened the show with a medley that included a new song titled “Training Season,” along with “Dance the Night” and “Houdini”.

Dua Lipa's Grammys performance ; Source: CBS / Broadcast Recording / 66th Grammys 2024

Many people are describing her performance as red-hot, as she impressed the show with athletic and impressive stage presence. Couple that with her striking attire, her performance was astounding.


Tracy Chapman's return to the Grammy stage

Viewers of the 2024 Grammy Awards were surprised with the return to the stage of Tracy Chapman. This was the first televised performance in years, mostly due to her low public profile.

Tracy Chapman's Return to the Stage ; Source: CBS / Broadcast Recording / YouTube

This performance with Luke Combs was her first since her last tour in 2009, and only three public performances since then.


SZA's Success: 2024 Grammy's Most Nominated Artist

SZA became the most nominated artist at the 2024 Grammy Awards, receiving nine nominations. These nominations were in a few different categories like Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best R&B Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Progressive R&B Album, and Best Melodic Rap Performance.

SZA accepting her Award | Source: CBS Grammy 2024 / Live Broadcast / Youtube

SZA’s achievements at the 2024 Grammys solidified her position as a prominent and highly recognized artist in the music industry.


Miley Cyrus' First Grammy Win

Despite having many top hits, Miley Cyrus finally won her first Grammy at the 2024 Grammy Awards for her song “Flowers” which is the lead single for her studio album, “Endless Summer Vacation”. This song won her the Best Pop Solo Performance.

Miley Cyrus accepting her Grammy | Source: CBS Grammy Awards Live / Miley Cyrus Instagram

This achievement is the first she officially won, despite being nominated for multiple Grammy’s in the past.


Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah hosted the 2024 Grammy Awards and received mixed reviews on social media. Many feel Trevor’s awards were a studied affair and struggled to overcome its ordinariness.

Source: Trevor Noah / CBS / Recording Academy Ad

The show was described as occasionally elevated by surprising moments of heart, but also as a trying exhibition and a hotbed of contradictions.


The In Memoriam Segment

A major segment of the Grammy Awards pays tribute to artists and music industry performances who have passed away during the year. This year was particularly emotional as it honored some truly legendary and iconic figures within the industry. 

Fantasia performing her tribute to Tina Turner | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

Despite the importance, many people feel the Grammy Awards made the memoriam segment too long, too rushed, or too selective.


Late Prince Tribute

Prince is one of the most beloved and iconic figures within the music industry for many years and passed away in 2023. To pay tribute, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Fantasia Barrino, and Jon Batiste came together to honor his legacy.

Stevie Wonder during the Memoriam Segment | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

Stevie Wonder kicked off the tribute to Tony Bennett with a performance of “For Once In My Life,” while Annie Lennox honored Sinead O’Connor with a rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” a song written by Prince.


Album of the Year Controversy

Despite its immense success, the Grammy Awards Album for the Year is surrounded by controversy. Taylor Swift’s album, “Midnights,” created backlash as fans believe she snubbed Celine Dion when accepting the award.

Taylor Swift accepting her Album of the Year Grammy | Source: Recording Academy / GRAMMYs / CBS / Live Broadcast

Regardless of the appearance, there is no evidence of any bad blood between the two artists, and they have a history of positive interactions. This incident is part of a broader conversation about representation and recognition in the music industry, with some pointing out that a Black woman has not won the Album of the Year since Lauryn Hill in 1999


Soulful Performance by Silk Sonic

The duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, who make up Silk Sonic, were a major highlight of the 2024 Grammy Awards. The duo performed their hit number “777”.

Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Grammy Live Broadcast / Youtube

The duo’s previous Grammy success, including winning all four awards for which they were nominated in 2022, further solidified their reputation as a standout act at the Grammy Awards


Killer Mike Arrested

Rapper Killer Mike was arrested at the 2024 Grammy Awards, which occurred shortly after winning three awards. Killer Mike was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery. This charge came on the events from earlier in the evening with an altercation with a security guard at the event.

Killer Mike accepting Grammy | Source: Killer Mike Instagram / CBS Live Broadcast

Killer Mike has since shared a statement, asserting his innocence and expressing confidence that he will be exonerated. The security guard claimed that she was injured by Killer Mike and signed a citizen’s arrest for misdemeanor battery. Even though he was arrested, he was able to be released and celebrated at the awards ceremony.


Miley Cyrus - “Flowers”

One of the most awkward moments at the Grammy Awards was Miley Cyrus’ performance of “Flowers”. Many people found her performance to be “forced” and “awkward”. Furthermore, many people criticized her behavior and the lack of enthusiasm for the audience.

Miley Cyrus Grammys Performance | Source: Miley Cyrus / Instagram

During the performance, Cyrus called out the audience for their lack of participation and later took a moment to celebrate her win, which also received mixed reactions. Additionally, some fans interpreted a lyric change in her song “Flowers” as a possible dig at her ex, Liam Hemsworth.


Joni Mitchell’s First Grammy Performance

Joni Mitchell was a highlight for the 2024 Grammy Awards, and performed “Both Sides Now.” This performance marked Joni’s first time singing a live performance at the Grammy Awards.

Joni Mitchel performing at the Grammys | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

Joni was joined by other artists like Brandi Carlile, Jacob Collier, Lucius, Blake Mills, Allison Russell, and SistaStrings, Mitchell’s emotional and captivating performance garnered a standing ovation and was met with widespread acclaim.


Jay-Z Calling out the Recording Academy’s Voting Record

One of the most tantalizing events of the Grammy Awards was during Jay-Z’s acceptance speech for the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. Jay-Z decided to call out the Recording Academy for their voting record, and the lack of recognition for Black artists, which included Beyoncé.

Jay-Z accepting his Dr. Dre Global Impact Award | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

He highlighted the subjectivity of the voting process and pointed out that Beyoncé, despite having won numerous Grammys, had never won Album of the Year, which he suggested was a flaw in the Academy’s own metric.


Victoria Monet’s Acceptance Speech

One of the most exciting awards during the Grammy Awards is always the Best New Artist, and Victoria Monet took home this honor during the 2024 award show. Monet has been pursuing her dream for fifteen years, which shows her dedication and will to succeed within the industry.

Victoria Monét 2024 Grammys | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

Monet beat out some pretty impressive candidates like: Gracie Abrams, Ice Spice, Jelly Roll, Coco Jones, Noah Kahan and The War and Treaty. She made sure to thank the champagne service for the work that night, along with her mother who helped her immensely.


Nothing Compares 2 U - Annie Lennox

The performance by Annie Lennox was a heartwarming tribute to Siena O’Connor who had passed away during 2023. Lennox was not the only person on stage as she was joined by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman of Prince & The Revolution for the rendition.

Annie Lennox Tribute Performance 2024 Grammys | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

The stirring performance garnered a positive response and was a poignant moment during the ceremony.


Billie Eilish and Finneas - Song of the Year

Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas, won the Song of the Year award at the 2024 Grammy Awards for their song “What Was I Made For?” from ‘Barbie’ the Album. The emotional ballad, which also received a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance, was a standout track from the soundtrack.

Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell 2024 Grammys | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

The choice for this song to win the award was received well by social media, and adds to Eilish’s track record at the Grammys.


Technical Glitches and Sound Issues

While the 2024 Grammy Awards were a huge hit, it did experience numerous technical glitches and sound issues. There were problems right out the gate with the opening number, which led to a high number of criticisms on social media.

Andres Arango | Monitor Mixer / ATX Project Manager ; Source: Recording Academy / Grammy Awards / CBS

Some people even suggested the sound engineer should be fired and compared the sound quality of a low-quality Zoom call. The most significant issue was during the Grammys Premiere Ceremony, suffering multiple sound glitches.


Taylor and Celine’s Awkward Stage Moment

While Taylor had a phenomenal night, there was some controversy during her acceptance of the Album of the Year Award. Some fans are speculating that Swift did not acknowledge or even greet Dion while she accepted the award.

Taylor Swift accepting her Award from Celine Dion | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

Despite this controversy, there is a backstage photo circulating of Swift and Dion embracing one another and smiling. Some fans have mixed emotions, claiming disappointment in Swift, while others were dismissing this initial interaction.


Paramore Made History

It may be surprising to hear, but Paramore became the first ever female-fronted band to win the Best Rock Album category. Paramore won this award for their popular album “This Is Why.” The band also won the award for Best Alternative Music Performance.

Paramore winning the Grammy for Rock Album of the Year 2024 | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

These two Grammy Awards were the first of the band’s awards, who used this stage to encourage more inclusion in rock music. The wins were particularly significant as they came after two decades as a band, and the group expressed gratitude for the recognition while also advocating for greater diversity and representation in the rock genre.


Travis Scott Rages

One of the most surprising and awkward moments of the 2024 Grammy Awards was during Travis Soctts’ performance of “Fe!n.” While being surrounded by dirt, flames, and massive speakers, he starts slamming chairs for his opening.

Travis Scott during his 2024 Grammys Performance | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

This performance was perfect for Scott’s diehard fans, but did not play well for everyone else in the audience. At one point, Scott even dared to drop a small dose of shade toward the Grammys, ad-libbing: “They slept on me 10 times,” alluding to his many nominations and zero wins at the awards.


Karol G Musica Urbana

Karol G also made history during the 2024 Grammy Awards by winning the Best Musica Urbana Album for her hit record “Manana Sera Bonito.” This award marks the first woman to win in this specific category.

Karol G accepting her 2024 Grammy win | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

The Colombian superstar’s achievement was widely celebrated, and her win marked a significant milestone in the music industry.


Victoria Monét Acceptance Speech Cut Off

Despite being crowned the best new artist of the year during the 2024 Grammy Awards, she was actually cut off during her acceptance speech.

Victoria Monét 2024 Grammys | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

During her acceptance speech that was relatively long, she was cut off and created one of the most awkward moments in Grammy history.


Taylor Swift Album Announcement

Taylor Swift fans received exciting news during the Grammy Awards. During Taylor’s acceptance speech for the Best Pop Vocal Album for “Midnights,” she dropped a bomb announcing her next album release date.

Taylor Swift accepting her 2024 Grammy | Source: Recording Academy / GRAMMYs / CBS / Live Broadcast

Taylor confirmed the official date would be on April 19th, and will be titled “The Tortured Poets Department.” The announcement of her new and upcoming album added to the excitement of the night!


Bebe Rexha Singing Opera

Bebe Rexha may be a well known singer within the pop and dance music genre, she did surprise everyone by singing opera on the red carpet. This surprise showed off her classical music studies thanks to her opera performance.

BEBE REXHA Red Carpet Interview | Source: CBS / Recording Academy / Live Broadcast / Youtube

This unexpected performance caused many people to take to social media to note it as one of the most awkward moments of the Grammy Awards.


Reggae, Indie, and Smash Mouth Downplayed in the Tributes

While the Grammys always have a Memoriam segment, the Grammy Awards did skip on a few major names that passed away during 2023. Some of the most notable excluded included: Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell, two classic-rock lyricists (Keith Reid of Procol Harum, and Peter Brown, who wrote with Jack Bruce for Cream), British soul queen Linda Lewis, and Kinks keyboardist John Gosling.

Source: Recording Academy / GRAMMYs / CBS / Live Broadcast

Both Classic Indie and alternative rock were also excluded with no mention of Geordie Walker of Killing Joke, Mark Stewart of the Pop Group, or Luscious Jackson’s Vivian Trimble.


Billy Joel Returns

One of the most exciting moments of the 2024 Grammy Awards came from the surprise appearance of Billy Joel. He performed his new song “Turn the Lights Back On” with a string section, marking his first Grammy performance in 30 years. Billy Joel even performed his first new single in 17 years as well.

Billy Joel Red Carpet Interview | Source: Recording Academy / Youtube

For those that are fans of the classic, he even closed the show with his 1980 hit “You May Be Right.”


Lana Del Rey’s Attire

The Grammy Awards and extravagant outfits essentially go hand in hand. It may be surprising to see Lana Del Rey’s outfit, which looks as if she is ready for a funeral. Lana had on a sheer black dress, accompanied by shoulder pads, large puff sleeves, a skirt, and plenty of bows and subtle sparkles.

Lana Del Ray at the 2024 Grammys | Source: Lana Del Ray Instagram / honeymoon

This outfit garnered attention for its unique and unconventional style. Maybe someone should have told her it was a happy event meant to celebrate the successes from the past year.


Choice of Host

While Trevor Noah does a great job hosting the Grammys, this is the fourth consecutive year hosting the event. He is an excellent choice as he is safe, inoffensive, and good at filling the slow parts of the night.

Trevor Noah hosting the 2024 Grammys | Source: trevornoah / Instagram

While Trevor is the safe choice, people are starting to see that his jokes are somewhat unforgettable, and he is becoming a bit stagnant. After four years it seems as if each interaction with an artist is simply force fed lines through his earpiece.


Pre-Taped Video Segments

One of the main reasons why the Grammy Awards was so long was due to the pre-taped video segments. These segments and extended duration could have affected the pacing and viewer engagement.

Source: Wikimedia Commons / The Recording Academy / Ted Jensen's 2002 Grammy / CC BY-SA 4.0

The pre-taped segments also hindered the live atmosphere and energy that is commonly associated with the Grammy Awards.