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Grammy Awards 2013: The best and worst past Canadian performances

Alanis Morissette at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 24, 1999. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Sting, Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and more, including the return of Justin Timberlake.

While we patiently wait for Feb. 10 to arrive, let’s take a look at some of the best and worst Canadian Grammy performances of the past.

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BEST: Alanis Morissette at the 41st Grammy Awards

The songstress wowed the crowd with her tune “Uninvited” in 1999 and the song would go on to win the Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Vocal and Best Rock Song that year.

WORST: Avril Lavigne at the 45th Grammy Awards

The pop/punk princess was nominated for five awards in 2003 and performed her hit "Sk8er Boi" during the show. The performance was lacklustre and her powder blue shirt reminded us more of Jeff Daniels in “Dumb and Dumber” than a rock star.

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For those of you who missed it, the inside of her jacket said “Rock On.”

BEST: Justin Bieber featuring Jaden Smith and Usher at the 53rd Grammy Awards

Say what you will about the Biebs, but there is no denying that he put on quite the spectacle during the Grammys in 2011.

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Beginning by showing the audience how he got started in the music biz and ending with a dance-off against his mentor Usher, this performance was fun to watch and the audience seemed to agree as they gave them a standing ovation.


WORST: Shania Twain at the 41st Grammy Awards

Twain is known to dance to her own songs on stage. However, during this Grammy performance, she stayed perched on her platform with her microphone diagonally pulled down so that she could sing.

The lack of movement made this performance of “Man! I feel like a Woman” dull, which is a shame because it's such a fun song that people love to dance to.

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