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Etheridge Soars, Green Day Rocks

Seven notable moments from this year's Grammys -- Melissa Etheridge and Green are some of the memorable moments from the yearly music ceremony

. . .and five other notable moments from this year's ceremony:

BEST CHANNELING OF A DEAD ICON BY A BALD SINGER
The cancer-battling Melissa Etheridge, who took more than a little piece of the audience's hearts with her emotional tribute to Janis Joplin.

BEST CHANNELING OF A DEAD ICON BY A TATTOO-HEADED ACTOR
Foxx, who again proved his Ray Charles chops in a moving duet with Alicia Keys.

BEST PASSION OF THE WEST
Kanye's breathless Best Rap Album acceptance speech, complete with references to Al Bundy, God, and, of course, his mama. His spectacular ''Jesus Walks'' performance proved he's (almost) as great as he thinks he is.

WORST TIME TO TAKE A BATHROOM BREAK
Green Day's incendiary rendition of ''American Idiot'' — a politically charged high point in a play-it-safe show.

BEST AW-SHUCKS MOMENT
Loretta Lynn's bemused reaction to her Best Country Album award, as if it were just a blue ribbon at the local 4-H fair. Bonus: Jack White for his new hillbilly accent (what's up with that, sonny boy?).

BEST SILENT STATEMENT
Gretchen Wilson's T-shirt, which paid tribute to the late Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote ''Ring of Fire'' with June Carter Cash. She ain't no high-class broad (thank goodness), but she provided one of the show's classiest moments nonetheless.

WORST SYNERGY
CBS, which trotted out Gary Sinise (CSI: NY) and Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) at key moments. ''Folks, this is history in the making,'' LaPaglia lamely opined while introducing the Tsunami All-Stars. What's charity without a little shameless self-promotion?

Originally posted Feb 21, 2005 Published in issue #808 Feb 25, 2005 Order article reprints