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Music

At the Grammys, it’s the moments that matter

PASADENA — If the producers and artists have done their jobs right, long after viewers forget who won album of the year at the 55th Grammy Awards, airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on Channel 4, they will recall certain performances from the telecast.

Whether it’s match-ups that make perfect sense (Tina Turner and Beyoncé charging through “Proud Mary” in 2008), or ones that seem quizzical but end up paying fun dividends (Justin Timberlake and Arturo Sandoval getting sassy with “Senorita” in 2004), or the heralding of a new star, a la Ricky Martin’s triumphant “La Copa de la Vida” in 1999, the Grammy Awards are a dependable purveyor of watercooler fodder.

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