On This Day: Chuck Performed at 2013 Grammy's, Pays Tribute to B-Boys' MCA
The world is still in the process of moving past another star-studded Grammy's weekend, and what better way to do that than by throwing back to Grammy's of years past.
Who could forget the 55th Grammy Awards back in 2013, which catered to show-stopping performances from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Fun, Jack White, Lumineers, the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Carrie Underwood, Rihanna with Sting, Bruno Mars, and even both Ziggy and Damian Marley.
How do you capitalize such a phenomenal night? By leaving the main event to the host, of course. Well, to the host and his friends, that is.
The night ended with perhaps one among the most unique performances cataloged in Grammy history. The event's host, LL Cool J, triggered an intriguing medley, later joined by Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, DJ Z-Trip, and Chuck D from Public Enemy.
The mash-up performance soared through hits from each artists' platforms, kicking it off with PE's “Welcome to the Terrordome,” which transitioned to Cool J's “Whaddup,” which then flashed into “Rock the Bells,” and so on."
As fans felt the night's end approaching, Morello screeched out a riff resonant to that of the Beastie Boys' “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” triggering the artists on stage to raise their hands paying homage to MCA (Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch), who passed away one year prior.
With “RIP MCA” flashing across the screens, Cool J and Chuck finalized the tribute by taking the audience back to the timeless B-Boys' refrain, right before ending with the “Terrordome/Whaddup” montage.
By Jods Arboleda for PublicEnemy.com
Photo: Ethan Miller, Getty Images