The All-Star Sly Stone Tribute (2006)
A lengthy tribute to the funk icon. Joss Stone, John Legend and Van Hunt's "Family Affair" started it off with some sparks; Fantasia's duet with Devon Lima (formerly of Abercrombie & Fitch-loving boy band LFO) got slightly manic before ending abruptly; Adam Levine of Maroon 5 supplied a straightforward nod to his band's blue-eyed soul roots, counterbalanced by Ciara's shaky vocal on "Everyday People"; will.i.am took the title of "Dance to the Music" literally with a performance that was more memorable for his footwork than for his freestyle, in which he called himself the "black Fred Astaire"; and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith scatted over the riffs of his usual foil Joe Perry, paired with Robert Randolph's slide guitar. Then – making good on one of the most rumored Grammy performances of the 2000s – Sly himself came out, sporting a huge blonde Mohawk and letting his acolytes take most of the mic duties during a boisterous, if somewhat anticlimactic, performance of "I Want To Take You Higher." The weird chaos definitely seemed analogous to Stone's twisted, lengthy travels along stardom's bumpy road.