The best thing about the Grammys these days is special performances and unique collaborations that come as a result of bringing so much talent together for one night. The performance begins with Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" which transitions to "m.A.A.d city" as lead singer Dan Reynolds sings, "...this is it / the Apocalypse." Then Kendrick Lamar takes center stage, actually he's on a stage that's surrounded by fans in front of the big stage where Imagine Dragons are set up. The song transitions back to the insanely catchy chorus of "Radioactive" before things break down and Kendrick regains control of the mic as the band launches into a drum breakdown while an unseen string section does something heard on neither song's studio recording. Kendrick spits quick about change. It is extremely cool that they would choose to be so creative in this moment. Kudos to all involved.
Of all the performances during the 2014 Grammys, perhaps the two biggest rising stars were Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons - especially when you factor in their commercial success during 2013. The funny thing about the award show is that while the latest took place in 2014, both of these acts released albums in the fall of 2012 that were nominated. Neither album won an award, but Imgaine Dragons did win Best Rock Performance for their song "Radioactive" which they performed in a live mashup with Kendrick Lamar's "m.A.A.d city" and you can watch above. Kendrick did not win any Grammy awards, which shows how irrelevant these awards truly are - nothing new, when you look back at the history of the awards that have been given and great music that never won an award.
The cameras show the stars in the audience were enjoying the performance, from Taylor Swift to Queen Latifah to Jay Z and Beyonce to Robin Thicke and another up-and-coming star, Lorde.
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