01/31/2010 AT 11:50 PM ET
Once again, the Grammy Awards felt like one big concert.
This year’s telecast was stuffed with everything from opera to hip-hop, and featured inspired pairings and surprise guests and mash-ups. Here are five of the most exciting superstar performances that you’ll want to re-watch on YouTube.
Six-time winner Beyoncé marched toward the stage in an armor-like costume, flanked by foot soldiers. The pop diva was clearly channeling her Sasha Fierce alter-ego as she poured out her hit “If I Were a Boy,” complete with a sassy crotch grab and plenty of hair-tossing. But then, when you thought she was done, the singer launched into a revved-up cover of Alanis Morissette’s angst-ridden “You Oughta Know.”
Pink soared above the Staples Center – and even threatened to soak the crowd during her high-flying rendition of “Glitter in the Air.” Elegantly shedding her cover-up to reveal a barely-there leotard, the singer dipped into a pool of water, twirled and demonstrated a graceful command of her own voice and acrobatic skills.
Lady Gaga & Elton John
She opened the show with a conceptual performance set in a decaying factory. But before she could finish singing her hit “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga was dropped into a fiery pit, only to emerge pounding a creepy piano alongside Elton John. The two traded verses on her ballad “Speechless” and his classic “Your Song” as the crowd went wild.