Which Artists Have Performed the Same Song Twice at the Grammy Awards?

One of the emotional high points during Sunday night’s 66th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast was seeing the reclusive Tracy Chapman join Luke Combs to sing her iconic hit “Fast Car,” which Combs remade last year.

Chapman hadn’t performed in public in nearly a decade, so seeing the former Grammy winner on stage was exciting.

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Tracy Chapman sings “Fast Car” at the 2024 Grammys. (Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

It also marked the second time Chapman has performed “Fast Car” on the Grammy stage, the first coming back in 1989 when she won three awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song.

You may be wondering if Chapman is the first artist to perform the same song twice at the Grammys. Actually, no — far from it. By our count, at least 15 artists have given multiple performances of the same song at the Grammy Awards.

Which acts have pulled off this feat? Read on for the full list!

Artists Who Have Performed the Same Song Twice at the Grammy Awards

Note: There is no official record or database of Grammy performers over the years. We’ve pieced together this list from our own exhaustive research of all 66 Grammy broadcasts. Some of the early shows from the ’60s and ’70s aren’t available for online viewing, so it’s possible we may have missed one or two duplicate performances from that era.

These are the 15 artists who we can confirm have performed a song twice at the Grammy Awards. Let’s go in chronological order of the second performance.

1 Roger Miller, King of the Road (1965 & 1966)

Eleven-time Grammy winner Roger Miller was the first artist to sing the same song twice at the Grammys. The country singer-songwriter did it in back-to-back years, in fact.

In 1965, he sang a medley of “Dang Me” and “King of the Road” on the show. One year later, he returned to sing “King of the Road” with “I’ve Been a Long Time Leavin.'”

“King of the Road” was nominated for a whopping eight Grammys in 1966 and won five, including Best Country & Western Single, and Best Contemporary Single. The song also helped him win Best Country Album.

2 Herbie Hancock, Rockit (1984 & 1985)

Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock had a minor hit in 1983 with “Rockit,” an instrumental track that blended elements of funk and new wave with a synth riff. It was known for its innovative music video featuring robotic bodies and machines.

Hancock performed the song at the 1984 Grammys, along with part of the robotic set from the video, with a surprise twist when four of the “machines” get up and start dancing, revealing that they had been humans all along.

A year later, Hancock played a portion of the song again on keytar as part of the memorable “synth medley” featuring Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Howard Jones, and Thomas Dolby. Years later, Hancock would infamously upset Kanye West and Amy Winehouse to win Album of the Year in 2008 at age 67.

3 Whitney Houston & Cece Winans, Count on Me (1996 & 1997)

In 1996, Whitney Houston joined Cece Winans and Shirley Caesar for a gospel medley that included part of Whitney’s new song, “Count on Me.”

The next year, the Grammys devoted an extended segment to tracks from the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. The segment concluded with “Count on Me,” with Houston and Winans joined by several other stars from the soundtrack, including Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, and Brandy.

Whitney cracks the Top 5 list of the artists with the most Grammy performances in history.

4 Prince, Baby I’m a Star (1985 & 2004)

Prince was at the height of his fame in 1985. Having already performed “Purple Rain” at the American Music Awards one month earlier, he chose to present the more energetic “Baby I’m a Star” at the Grammys.

That performance is regarded as one of the best Grammy moments of the 1980s, as he finished the number by ripping off his shirt and running down the aisle.

In 2004, Prince returned to the Grammy stage to open the show with “Purple Rain,” joined by one of the emerging superstars in popular music, Beyonce. The mournful ballad segued into “Baby I’m a Star”, followed by “Let’s Go Crazy,” with a brief interlude of “Crazy in Love,” creating one of the most compelling Grammy duets in history.

5 Mavis Staples, I’ll Take You There (1973 & 2005)

Way back in 1973, Mavis Staples joined her dad and sisters in the Staple Singers to sing the uplifting classic up-tempo “I’ll Take You There.” Mavis belted out the high notes and added vocal runs as the song concluded.

More than 30 years later, Mavis sang part of “I’ll Take You There” again at the Grammys. The song opened a theatrical performance from Kanye West, who went on to rap “Jesus Walks” with John Legend and the Blind Boys of Alabama backing him up.

6 Sting, Roxanne (2004 & 2007)

The Grammys may have gone overboard when they allowed Sting to sing “Roxanne” twice in four years. But fans of the classic Police track didn’t seem to mind.

Sting played the song in 2004 with Sean Paul, who added a reggae rap to the tune. Just three years later, the Police finally reunited, which meant that the full group had to open the show with “Roxanne.”

7 Little Richard, Good Golly Miss Molly (1974 & 2008)

Little Richard was involved in a couple of the more memorable collabs in Grammy history. The flamboyant Architect of Rock and Roll joined Chuck Berry at the Grammys in 1974 for a medley of hits that included “Good Golly Miss Molly.” Unfortunately, technical problems marred the moment, as Richard’s microphone cut out for large chunks of the broadcast.

In 2008, Richard teamed up with Jerry Lee Lewis for another classic song medley. This one ended with “Good Golly Miss Molly,” with Richard screaming his patented “woooo!” into the arena.

8 Tina Turner, What’s Love Got To Do With It (1985 & 2008)

Tina Turner blew away the Grammy audience in 1985 with “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” which went on to win Record of the Year to crown the rocker’s heartwarming comeback story.

In 2008, Tina took center stage again with a duet with Beyonce on “Proud Mary” that remains one of the most talked-about Grammy moments. Often forgotten is that Tina opened that performance with abbreviated versions of “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “Better Be Good to Me,” before she invited Beyonce to join her.

9 Andrea Bocelli, The Prayer (1999 & 2008)

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli emerged to become a mainstream star, thanks largely to the Oscar-nominated “The Prayer.”

Bocelli performed the song with Celine Dion at the 1999 Grammys. Bocelli had famously missed rehearsal, allowing a 17-year old Josh Groban to step in and become discovered by the music industry.

In 2008, with Groban now an established star himself, Bocelli and Groban paired up to sing the track together. The duet was presented as a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti, who had died the previous year.

10 Metallica, One (1989 & 2014)

The Grammy Awards finally embraced heavy metal when they added a category for the genre in 1989. As the kings of the format, Metallica showed up to play a searing rendition of “One.” Unfortunately, they were upset by Jethro Tull for the heavy metal Grammy that night, in one of the Recording Academy’s all-time flubs.

In 2014, Metallica came back to the Grammys to play “One” with classical pianist Lang Lang, who added a piano solo just before the song’s famous crunching riff section.

11 The Time, Jungle Love (2008 & 2017)

Morris Day and The Time were never nominated for a Grammy, but they still got to perform “Jungle Love” twice on the broadcast.

The first instance came at the 50th Annual Grammys when The Time had just reunited. Joined by Jimmy Jam rocking the keytar, Day and friends sang “Jungle Love,” before Rihanna came onstage to sing “Umbrella” and “Don’t Stop the Music” with The Time backing her up.

In 2017, during the extended memorial segment for Prince, The Time returned to open the performance with “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.” Bruno Mars then took over to close the segment with a powerful version of “Let’s Go Crazy.”

12 Patti Lupone, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (1981 & 2018)

Patti Lupone holds the record for most years between Grammy performances of the same song, with a whopping 37 years between her two Grammy moments.

Lupone brought down the house in 2018 with her second performance, featuring a swelling orchestra that built the song to a dramatic climax as the singer belted out all the high notes.

13 Smokey Robinson, My Girl (2019 & 2020)

Soul legend Smokey Robinson has performed at the Grammys a number of times. On two occasions, he sang a short excerpt of the Temptations’ 1965 hit “My Girl,” which Robinson wrote and produced.

In 2019, he was part of the celebration of Motown’s 60-year anniversary, singing a piece of “My Girl,” while Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Alicia Keys added performances of other Motown classics.

The very next year, Robinson reprised “My Girl” again, in a one-minute performance with country group Little Big Town before they presented an award together.

14 Nelly, Hot in Herre (2003 & 2023)

Nelly rapped his signature pop hit “Hot in Herre” at the Grammys in 2003, where it won Best Male Rap Solo Performance.

The St. Louis rapper returned in 2023 as part of the 12-minute tribute to 50 years of hip hop, where he gave the crowd “Hot in Herre” again.

15 Tracy Chapman, Fast Car (1989 & 2024)

Chapman was a budding star at the 1989 Grammys, where she had six nominations and captured three awards.

By 2024, she had been out of the spotlight for years, but Luke Combs’ cover of “Fast Car” reminded fans how much they loved her song. The Chapman-Combs duet at the Grammys was the highlight of the 66th Annual Grammy Awards.

What’s your favorite Grammy double performance?

Last Updated on May 18, 2024

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