“Achy Breaky Heart” was the song that made Billy Ray Cyrus. As cheesy as it was, the 1992 single went multi-platinum in multiple countries and jumpstarted his career as a country singer. It’s the first thing that comes to mind about Billy Ray Cyrus, beyond his legendary mullet—or for younger generations, his recent collaboration with Lil Nas X on “Old Town Road.”
On this day (Feb. 24) in 1993, Cyrus performed the song at the Grammys in all of its sentimental American glory. Other artists who performed that year included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, k.d. lang and Arrested Development—an interesting microcosm of music from that year. Hear Cyrus perform this twangy, line dancing classic below.
Listen to Billy Ray Cyrus perform at the 1993 Grammys via the Paste vault.