Throwback Thursday: Prince & Beyoncé Perform Live at the 2004 Grammys
It’s the first Throwback Thursday of Black History Month and the 2019 Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, so it’s only right that I pull out one of the greatest performances in the history of the award show.
On February 8, 2004 — almost exactly 15 years ago — Prince and Beyoncé opened the Grammy Awards with one of the most iconic live performances I have ever seen. They performed a medley of “Purple Rain,” “Baby I’m a Star” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” with a sprinkling of “Crazy in Love.” Beyoncé had just released her solo debut album eight months prior, so she was still establishing herself as a solo act and the one-of-a-kind performer we now know her to be. The fact that Prince agreed to perform with Bey is as big as a co-sign as any young artist can get, and she definitely rose to the occasion.
Prince and Beyoncé’s chemistry was so palpable that you almost wish they took the show on the road. Fifteen years later, I still think of it often and go back to watch it every now and then. Enjoy this piece of history.