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    15 Musicians During Their Very First Grammy Performance Vs. Their Most Recent One

    Time to go on some good old-fashioned style journeys.

    1. Here's Beyoncé performing "Independent Woman, Part I" and "Say My Name" with Destiny's Child at the 43rd Grammys in 2001...

    Destiny's Child performing in sparkly blue costumes

    ...and here she is performing "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles" during the 59th Grammys in 2016.

    Beyonce in gold surrounded by dancers

    In 2016, Beyoncé ended her performance with a quote from a poem written by Warsan Shire: "There is a curse that will be broken / One thousand girls raise their arms / Now that reconciliation is possible / If we're going to heal, let it be glorious."

    the two Beyonces side-by-side

    2. Here's Justin Bieber performing "Baby" at the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011...

    A young Justin Beiber dressed in all black for a Grammt performance

    ...and here he is performing "Where Are U Now" and "Love Yourself" at the 58th Grammys in 2016.

    Justin Bieber on stage

    In 2011, he was joined onstage by Usher and Jaden Smith, and in 2015, he performed with Diplo and Skrillex.

    the two biebers side by side

    3. Here's Taylor Swift performing "Fifteen" with Miley Cyrus at the 51st Grammys in 2009...

    Cyrus and Swift singing while Swift plays an acoustic guitar

    ...and here she is performing a medley of "cardigan," "august," and "willow" at the 63rd Grammys in 2021.

    Taylor performing in a cabin with an acoustic guitar

    During her first performance at the Grammys, Swift was 19 years old. (Cyrus was 16.)

    the two Taylors, side by side

    4. Here's Katy Perry performing "I Kissed A Girl" during the 51st Grammys in 2009...

    Katy Perry performing in a fruit-themed costume

    ...and here she is performing as part of a tribute to Dolly Parton at the 61st Grammys in 2019.

    Perry with blonde hair and in a red costume

    During the Dolly Parton tribute, Perry performed with Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, and, of course, Dolly herself.

    the two Katy Perrys side by side

    5. Here's Lady Gaga performing "Poker Face," "Speechless," and Elton John's "Your Song" (the latter two with Elton himself) at the 52nd Grammy Awards in 2010...

    Lady Gaga with dancers around her

    ...and here she is performing "Shallow" at the 61st Grammys in 2019.

    Lady Gaga performing in a bedazzled jumpsuit

    Gaga performed "Shallow" with Mark Ronson at the 2019 ceremony.

    the two Gagas side-by-side

    6. Here's Rihanna performing "Umbrella" at the 50th Grammys in 2008...

    Rihanna on stage in a feathery mini dress with black corset belt

    ...and here she is performing "Wild Thoughts" at the 60th Grammys in 2018.

    Rihanna performing in a purple gown

    At the 2018 ceremony, Rihanna performed with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller.

    the two rihannas side by side

    7. Here's Jay Z performing a medley of "Numb/Encore" and "Yesterday" at the 48th Grammys in 2006...

    Jay Z performing in a white suit

    ...and here he is performing "Drunk in Love" with Beyoncé at the 56th Grammys in 2014.

    Jay Z and Beyonce sharing the stage

    At the 2006 ceremony, Jay Z performed with Linkin Park and Paul McCartney.

    the two Jay Z's side by side

    8. Here's Adele performing "Chasing Pavements" at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009...

    Adele in all black performing on stage

    ...and here she is performing at the 59th Grammy Awards in 2017, during which she sang "Hello" and George Michael's song "Fastlove," in tribute to the singer, who died in December 2016.

    Adele belting on stage

    During the 2017 ceremony, Adele started "Fastlove" over again. According to the Guardian, she told the audience, "I’m sorry for swearing and I’m sorry for starting again. I can’t mess this up for him. I’m sorry, I can’t."

    the two Adeles side-by-side

    9. Here's Bruno Mars performing "Grenade" with B.o.B. and Janelle Monaé at the 53rd Grammys in 2011...

    Bruno Mars singing on stage

    ...and here he is at the 63rd Grammys in 2021 performing with Anderson .Paak as the duo Silk Sonic. The pair sang their single "Leave the Door Open."

    Bruno Mars in a retro suit

    According to the L.A. Times, at the time of their Grammy debut, Silk Sonic had only released two songs.

    the two Brunos side-by-side

    10. Here's Alicia Keys performing "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth" at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002...

    Alicia Keys in a black and red dress performing on stage

    ...and here she is performing "Underdog" at the 62nd Grammy Awards in 2020.

    Alica Keys in a denim outfit

    Keys hosted the 2020 ceremony. At its start, she performed "It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" with Boyz II Men in tribute to Kobe Bryant, who died earlier that day.

    the two Alicias side-by-side

    11. Here's Ariana Grande performing "Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart" at the 57th Grammys in 2015...

    Ariana sings in a black gown

    ...and here she is performing a medley of "Imagine," "7 Rings," and "Thank U, Next" at the 62nd Grammy Awards in 2020.

    Ariana in a feathery robe and gloves

    In addition to it being the year of her first Grammy performance, Grande received her first Grammy nominations for the 2015 awards: Best Pop Vocal Album for "My Everything" and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Bang Bang."

    the two Ariana's side by side

    12. Here's Kendrick Lamar performing "m.A.A.d City" at the 56th Grammys in 2014...

    Kendrick performing dressed in all white

    ...and here he is opening the 60th Grammy Awards in 2018 with a medley of songs including "XXX.," "DNA.," "New Freezer," and "King's Dead."

    Kendrick in all black surrounded by dancers in all red

    During the 2014 ceremony, the rapper performed with the band Imagine Dragons. In 2018, he was joined by Bono, the Edge, and Dave Chapelle.

    the two Kendricks side-by-side

    13. Here's Prince performing "Baby, I'm A Star" at the 27th Grammys in 1985...

    Prince on stage listening for fans

    ...and here he is performing a medley of his and Beyoncé's songs at the 46th Grammys in 2004.

    Prince in his signature color on stage

    Prince and Beyoncé's medley included "Purple Rain" and "Crazy in Love."

    the two Princes side-by-side

    14. Here's Billie Eilish performing "when the party's over" at the 62nd Grammys in 2020...

    Billie Eilish on stage

    ...and here she is just one year later performing "everything I wanted" at the 63rd Grammys in 2021.

    Billie Eilish in all green

    During both of her performances, Billie was accompanied by her brother and collaborator, Finneas.

    the two billies side-by-side

    15. And finally: Here is Daft Punk performing "Stronger" with Kanye West at the 50th Grammys in 2008...

    Daft Punk with their helmets on

    ...and here they are performing "I Feel It Coming" with The Weeknd at the 59th Grammys in 2017.

    Daft Punk on stage

    Presumably they look different, but honestly, who's to say?

    the two Daft Punks, both wearing face covering helmets