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Who Had the Best 2013 Grammy Performance? – Readers Poll

Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran Justin Timberlake Rihanna
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Last night, Feb. 10, some of the finest artists in pop music performed at the 2013 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Rihanna are just a few of the A-list names on the bill, with each putting on their own unique stage show for the star-studded audience and viewers at home. Out of all of the pop-centric performances, who was the best live entertainer at the 2013 Grammys?

Taylor Swift opened the show with a circus-gone-wild stage show accompanied by her tune ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’ With a gang of acrobats, sideshow performers, clowns and other circus folk assisting her, Swift performed as the ringleader, taking a dig at ex-BF Harry Styles during her spoken-word portion of the song when she began to speak in a British accent. Burn!

Then there was Ed Sheeran, Swift’s Red tourmate, who performed his amazing track ‘The A Team’ with Elton John… you know, no big deal about that or anything. We were so surprised (in a great way) when the duo just stuck to Ed’s song and didn’t bust out a huge medley of John’s greatest hits, since it really gave props to the newcomers like Ed from the iconic, well-established fellows like Elton.

Later on, Justin Timberlake made a triumphant return to the Grammys stage to perform a mashup of ‘Suit & Tie’ and ‘Pusher Love Girl.’ His whole performance had that retro, big band vibe, as a wall of backup musicians performed behind JT particians in the background, with the super suave musician taking center stage (along with co-performer Jay-Z).

Further into the 2013 Grammy festivities, we got to see Bruno Mars and Sting duet on the Hawaiian funk master’s latest hit ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ and the Police staple ‘Walking on the Moon.’ Then, RiRi, Ziggy Marley and Damian Marley made their way onto the stage for an homage to Bob Marley, as the musicians sang and danced around to the reggae king’s classic ‘Could You Be Loved.’

Speaking of Rihanna, she also performed her latest single ‘Stay,’ a heartfelt ballad, alongside featured crooner Mikky Ekko. Wearing a black, floor-length dress at the forefront of the dark stage setup, you could tell she was really feeling the deep emotions within the weighty love song — after all, it was the first time she and her on-again BF Chris Brown were back together at the Grammys since their infamous dispute back in 2009.

Big winners fun. also literally got their Grammy feet wet, when they were doused with faux rain during ‘Carry On,’ and the same goes for super-slick crooner Miguel, who was joined by Wiz Khalifa for a killer performance of ‘Adorn.’ Later on, Maroon 5 were joined by Alicia Keys for a mashup of ‘Daylight’ and ‘Girl on Fire,’ and vocal powerhouse Kelly Clarkson also belted ‘Tennessee Waltz’ and ‘You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman).’ Finally, Frank Ocean closed out the pop portion of the 2013 Grammys with a smooth and steady, digitally-enhanced performance of his ‘Channel ORANGE’ track ‘Forrest Gump.’

Who gets your vote for the best pop performer at the 2013 Grammys? Click on the button below to re-watch out all of the Grammy performances and cast your vote.

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