Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and Rihanna 2015 Grammys performance of “FourFiveSeconds”: Watch the unlikely collaboration (Video).

Watch Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney Form World’s Greatest Supergroup at the Grammys

Watch Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney Form World’s Greatest Supergroup at the Grammys

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Feb. 9 2015 12:41 AM

Watch Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney Form World’s Greatest Supergroup at the Grammys

Rihanna and Kanye West with some other guy at the Grammys.
Rihanna and Kanye West perform with some other guy at the Grammys.

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This year’s Grammy Awards was, as ever, full of performances from unlikely pairings: Jessie J and Tom Jones, Maddie Ziegler and Kristen Wiig, Pharrell and his bellhop uniform. But the greatest combo of all turned out to be the one we already knew was coming: The highly anticipated live debut of newfound collaborators Kanye West, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney.

On paper this one never should have worked: A 72-year-old British rocker, a Barbadian pop and R&B singer, and a rapper who can hardly sing at all, all forging one weird three-headed monster of a supergroup. But Rihanna sounded great, McCartney could be heard more clearly than on the “FourFiveSeconds” single, and West (with assistance from some heavy, 808s-style autotune) managed to hold it together. The Grammys loves to force these so-called “GRAMMY® Moments,” but they often come away with only oil and water. This one came to them ready-made and showed itself, in its live incarnation, to be even better than expected.