U2 is not a band known for doing anything small. That reputation for largeness was continued during this year’s Grammys ceremony when the Irish rockers turned in an incredible pre-taped performance from a barge in the middle of the Hudson River. Backed by the might Statue of Liberty, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton turned out a rousing rendition of their Songs Of Experience single, “Get Out Of Your Own Way.”
The reason for the canned performance came down to simple logistics. As big as U2 is, they’ve yet to master the act of being in two places at the same time, and if they had any hope of appearing during Kendrick Lamar’s stunning showcase of “XXX,” certain accommodations had to be put into place. It all worked out in the end of course, and U2’s river flotilla performance went off without a hiccup.
Though they aren’t nominated for anything this year — the group’s most recent album Songs Of Experience came out too late for consideration by the voting bloc — U2 remain the most decorated group in Grammy history, having taken home 22 awards throughout their career. Even more impressively, they’ve managed to win the most prestigious prize of them all, Album Of The Year twice, once for The Joshua Tree, which was also inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame last year, as well as for their 2006 project How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.
Watch that performance above and check out the full list of winners continually updating throughout the night here.