Tribute to the Beach Boys (2012)
With Maroon 5, Foster the People and the Beach Boys
Sure, Maroon 5 (who performed "Surfer Girl") are avowed pop stars, and Foster the People ("Wouldn't It Be Nice") were having a moment in 2012. Nevertheless, the Beach Boys tribute at the 54th awards show didn't truly take off until the actual Boys — including founding members Al Jardine, famously lawsuit-happy Mike Love and, for the first time in many years, Brian Wilson — appeared onstage together to belt out "Good Vibrations" in all its vocal-harmony drenched, electro-theremin-whirring glory. Unsurprisingly, the reunited group's subsequent 50th anniversary tour ended in shambles. But for at least one moment on the Grammy stage, the Beach Boys did, to quote Ryan Seacrest's introduction to their performance, "spread some good vibrations as only they can do it."