Best Live Performances By Singers Over 50

In honour of the 2014 Grammy Awards, we showcase five top notch live performances

When the 56th annual Grammy Awards take place this Sunday, you can expect a few young pop stars will try to hijack the proceedings – to cover up a lack of talent – with either some outré on-stage behavior, outrageous outfits or some unexpected shenanigans.

In today’s musical arena, it is no secret that pure talent often takes a backseat to beauty, a sexy body or an over-the-top costume gimmick.

So in honour of what is being billed as Music’s Biggest Night, we thought we would showcase five live performances by performers over age 50 that leaves one in awe at their sheer raw talent and magnificent stage presence.

1. Grace Jones
The Jamaican born singer/model/actress has always been a provocateur in her various careers. From baring her breasts on stage at Disneyland which promptly got her banned for life from the theme park to showing up at a party during her modelling days in Paris in the late 70s wearing nothing but a bone necklace.

Is it any wonder some of today’s boundary-pushing pop stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga worship her. She reportedly turned down offers to work with Lady Gaga. And rightfully so; Jones is in a league of her own.

At age 64 she performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, singing her hit song, "Slave To The Rhythm." What made the performance remarkable, was not just her two-and-a-half octave voice which can go from contralto to soprano, but the you-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it routine that had her singing in a body suit, staggeringly high heels and gyrating a hula hoop around her waist whilst singing live for 4 minutes.

Yeah. Let’s see you try that Lady Gaga.

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