Bob Dylan was in top form during the 1998 Grammy Awards. His most recent studio album, Time Out of Mind, had earned rave reviews and multiple Grammy nominations, including "Album of the Year" (which it would win later that night). The legendary singer took the stage to perform "Love Sick," a dark and haunting song about — wait, does that say 'SOY BOMB?'
What was to be Dylan's comeback performance suddenly turned ridiculous when a shirtless man jumped on stage and writhed around with the phrase 'Soy Bomb' scrawled across his scrawny chest. What did it mean? Why did he do it? Was it a plea for a more tofu-friendly diet? What was going on?
Dylan glanced over at his impromptu stage partner with a worried, "Woah, where did that come from?" look, slowly inching away as he kept playing. Soy Bomb (a.k.a. New York City-based performance artist Michael Portnoy, who pulled the stunt...well, it's a rather long explanation) lasted the better part of a minute before being whisked away by security.
5. The Unveiling of the Glove
Michael Jackson won a record eight Grammys in February 1984. Rightly so, as Thriller is one of the biggest-selling, most popular albums ever. Jacko put in quite a performance that night, however, unveiling his now-iconic single sequined glove and showing up with Elizabeth Taylor (and no, 25 years later, we still don't understand) as his date. Nowadays, it's almost quaint to watch Michael try to please "the girls in the back." Sure, Michael.
6. MY FAVORITE - Dixie Chicks Make Nice
The Dixie Chicks sang "Not Ready to Make Nice," but the Grammy Awards were certainly ready to make them winners, honoring the trio with five awards in 2007. The Chicks, who ignited controversy in 2004 when lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush on the eve of the Iraq war, won all five of the awards for which they were nominated, including the big three: album of the year (for "Taking the Long Way"), song of the year and record of the year (both for "Not Ready to Make Nice"). Bringing the total Grammys for this talented trio to a staggering 13.
Now some may laugh that this is my favorite Grammy award moment, but there is a reason. The performance. That night those girls took to the stage to put a lid on all of their haters. For the past four years before this they had taken a public relations beating when they used their freedom of speech to criticize our then President Bush. How they responded to this controversy was by taking the high road, sticking to what they know, and putting out what was the Record of the Year. Their performance of their hit "Not Ready To Make Nice", had me standing up cheering on my couch.
If you need another reason, fast forward to minute 2:50 to see a brave brave performance! Way to go Girls!