'Saturday Night Live' Rocks: 25 Greatest Musical Performances

From Nirvana to Queen, we rank the 25 greatest musical performances in the history of 'Saturday Night Live'

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6. Sinead O'Connor: October 3rd, 1992

"I was stunned," said Lorne Michaels of the single most controversial moment in SNL history, "but not as much as the guy from the audience who was trying to charge her." In a performance that garnered more than 4,000 phone calls to NBC, O'Connor delivered a chilling a cappella rendition of Bob Marley's "War," changing the line "fight racial injustice" to "fight sexual abuse," and then tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II. O'Connor later admitted that viewers might've missed the significance of the act, a protest against incidents of sexual abuse in the Irish church that emerged years before similar scandals hit the U.S. "It's very understandable that the American people did not know what I was going on about," she said later. 

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