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20 Weird and Wild Grammy Collaborations

Paul McCartney singing with Linkin Park and 19 more mash-ups from music’s biggest night

Paul McCartney; Jay-Z; Linkin Park

Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Paul McCartney (C), Jay-Z (L) and Chester Bennington (R) of Linkin Park perform during the 48th Annual Grammy Awards 08 February 2006 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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With no shortage of the music industry's A-list under one roof, the Grammys have spent a lot of time arranging mash-ups, duets, team-ups, collaborations and medleys. Here's 20 of the most unlikely, ranging from the inspired to the WTF.

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Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Paul McCartney (C), Jay-Z (L) and Chester Bennington (R) of Linkin Park perform during the 48th Annual Grammy Awards 08 February 2006 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Metallica and Lang Lang, “One” (2014)

Metallica have always prized the virtuoso chops, complex compositions, instrumental force and high seriousness of classical music. So this collaboration with the most renowned Chinese concert pianist of his age made some sense – at least in theory. Lang Lang performed a dramatic solo prelude as flames shot up behind him, and then the ominous guitar introduction to "One" upstages him and his playing slips into the ensemble. When he competes with the guitars during the song's solo sections, he can't match their volume and his playing grows harsh and discordant to compensate – certainly a more avant-garde moment than the Grammys usually offer. Lang would be back the following year in a more conventional setting, performing "Happy" with Pharrell and Hans Zimmer.

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Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Paul McCartney (C), Jay-Z (L) and Chester Bennington (R) of Linkin Park perform during the 48th Annual Grammy Awards 08 February 2006 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, “Radioactive/m.A.A.d. City” (2014)

"I need y'all to recognize that Plan B is to win your hearts right here while we at the Grammys," Kendrick Lamar rapped during this mash-up of his brash good kid, m.A.A.d. city track with Imagine Dragons' stomping "Radioactive." While the lyric was a success-saluting variation on a verse he dropped at the end of 2013, the way he commanded the stage not only got Taylor Swift and Steven Tyler dancing, it turned the line into an instantly fulfilled prophecy. 

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