That Grape Juice’s Top 5 Ciara Performances

Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by Sam

Tonight brings with the official kick-off of Ciara‘s hotly anticipated ‘Jackie Tour.’

Surprisingly, despite stage blazing being the singer’s trademark, the trek – launched in support of her new album ‘Jackie’ – is the first she’s embarked on in over six years.

That said, Ms. Harris has more than kept us entertained over this period, with epic performances on some of music’s biggest platforms.

Journey with us as we revisit Ciara’s Top 5 Performances…

5) Ride (Live On The Mo’Nique Show)

Despite banning the racy video for ‘Ride,’ BET hold the honor of airing its only televised performance on ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ in 2010. And oh did she slay!

4) Gimme Dat (Live On The George Lopez Show)

As CiCi has said herself, the ‘Basic Instinct’ era defined disaster – thanks to label drama (and, arguably, the album itself – we’re looking at you, The-Dream). However, what didn’t falter was the performer’s ability to ignite the stage. Backed by a troop of dancers, she showcased that and then some during this explosive 2010 showing which re-created the ‘Gimme Dat’ video and infused shades of Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation.’

3) Love, Sex, Magic (Live On Ellen)

Sometimes the absence of a collaborator can negatively impact a live performance. Yet, in Ciara’s case, it presents another opportunity to show up and show out. Such was the case when she performed the Justin Timberlake assisted cut solo on the ‘Ellen’ show in 2009. Borrowing the seductiveness of the song’s video, Super Ci switched things up by pairing the showgirl theme with James Brown esque tenacity. The result? An electrifying performance!

2) Take You Down (With Chris Brown At BET Awards 2008)

Despite only appearing at the tail end of Chris Brown’s ‘Take You Down’ performance, CiCi made her presence more than felt with an epic dance routine with C. Breezy. A high-point for both of their careers.

1) I’m Out / Body Party (BET Awards 2013)

For us, Ciara’s 2013 showing at the BET Awards 2013 is the perfect encapsulation of everything we love about her. The energy, the choreography, the seductiveness, the sass, and the precision. Six minutes of undeniable slayage!

[Let’s all observe a moment of silence for the jaw-dropping glide and slide across the floor]

Honourable Mentions: 

Like A Boy / That’s Right (BET Awards 2007)

Get Up (So You Think You Can Dance)

Lose Control (With Missy Elliott At BET Awards 2005)

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  1. JMar May 3, 2015

    I love them all but my favorite was her and chris brown performance at the bet awards that will always be something i never forget that performance was epic i also liked the performance with her and nicki that was my favorite to.

    • Kylie Mineaux May 3, 2015

      King David is giving away copies of Jackie on twitter.

      • @FutureCIARA May 3, 2015

        David SLAYS!

  2. FAF May 3, 2015

    Pepsi Smash ” Promise” >>>>>>>

  3. Lolz May 3, 2015

    Another person who trumps Rihject in the talent department.

  4. Centurion May 3, 2015

    Why don’t you do Ashante’s top 5 performances as well Sam, or Christina Milian’s. GTFOH

    • FutureCIARA May 3, 2015


  5. Mark111 May 3, 2015

    She kills the stage when she’s dancing and not failing to be a vocalist.

    • Barb B**** May 3, 2015

      Rihanna slays at neither so whats your point?

      • Mark111 May 3, 2015

        Icky can’t write her own rhymes, perform an nor sing nor dance. Yet she has a Janet Mic for some reason.

      • Barb B**** May 3, 2015

        Nicki has more raw talent in her little finger than Rihanna ever has and ever will. Don’t be mad because I told no lies.

      • Mark111 May 3, 2015

        Nicki’s “talent” and rapping abilities are as real as her hair, t*** and @ss. Nuff said.

      • Barb B**** May 3, 2015

        Lies. Nicki is known for her rapping abilities which is a talent. Mariah vocalist/songwriter, Whitney vocalist, Janet is a dancer/entertainer, Gaga songwriter/entertainer, Beyonce vocals/entertainer. What is Rihannas talent? When she dies what will be stand out area? Fashion or ‘cute bajan tone’ ? Lol.

    • Adele’s husband May 3, 2015

      Rihanna doesn’t slay either, so what’s your point? Rihanna’s music may be good but neither is she a vocalist nor an entertainer

      • Mark111 May 3, 2015

        Tell that to the grammys who invites her to perform every year since 2011.

  6. BLACKOUT TBH May 3, 2015

    By far one of the best performers of her generation. All stan drama aside, you’ve got to give Ciara props for the way she works a stage. My God…I can only dream of my fave ever getting back to slaying the stage the way Ciara has been consistent in doing over the years. That f****** knee injury AKA the BritKNEE curse will haunt me forever *sob*

  7. Barb B**** May 3, 2015

    Ciara knows how to murder a stage! Rihfund and Keri Flopson could NEVER.

    • FAF May 3, 2015


      • Keri Qween May 3, 2015

        Death at you calling someone’s vocals weak when you Stan for Caesar the whisperer and Onika who can’t sing either and can’t dance

        She is stiff in every performance with that silicone a$$ that never moves and she lips most of the time

      • Barb B**** May 3, 2015

        Nickis not a singer shes a rapper and I don’t stan for Ciara #TryAgain. Keri is still weak in every avenue which is why shes an epic flop and her biggest shots at relevance were thanks to other artists (Beyonce and Kanye)

    • Keri Qween May 3, 2015

      Lmao pressed

      the only thing Caesar can do is dance and do back bends her voice is awful and she whispers Kiii

      Jackie will flop ????

      • Barb B**** May 3, 2015

        Keris vocals are weak and so is her stage presence. In fact everything about her is weak. Her sales, relevance and writing career. Who cares if Jackie flops, shes still more if a star than Keri will ever be.

      • TheElusiveLamb May 3, 2015

        I wouldn’t call Keri a weak performer. I’ve been told she can lay an egg like no other bird has before.

      • Barb B**** May 3, 2015


      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig May 3, 2015

        Smh y’all are trippin, Keri slayedT that Walmart tour with those 50 fans in the parking lot. Even I can admit that 🙂 And she managed to perform in the Walmart Parking lot tour and still film scenes for Sesame Street #Slayage

  8. TheElusiveLamb May 3, 2015

    Amazing list. I’ve seen Ciara once live (opening up for Fatney on her Till The Playback Ends Tour) and she was amazing. I’m in the middle of finals so I couldn’t see her on this leg, but I plan to go see Cici on her second leg with Molly. It should be a lot of fun.

    • Roy May 3, 2015

      Are you confusing your expired tea with The Femme Fatale Tour?

      Throw shade with real tea sweet heart and get your facts straight 🙂

      • TheElusiveLamb May 3, 2015

        Oh sweetie pie, I didn’t throw shade. I said what I said. Are you mad? 🙂

  9. Adele’s husband May 3, 2015

    She knows how to work a stage like it’s her last time. Good luck to her.

  10. Adele’s husband May 3, 2015

    Her performance of Get Up on So You Think You Can Dance is AMAIZING!

  11. FutureCIARA May 3, 2015


    This time around she’ll make her performances historical!
    Chicago is so lucky to get to see her first tonight! I know the set list will slay!!

    Remember you can stream the Jackie Tour Live on Yahoo, in Silver Springs, MD on May 9th!

  12. metzo May 3, 2015

    Ooo kill’em!

  13. Dom May 3, 2015

    Ciara an entertainer and performer. You can’t take that from her. I guarantee you she will out performe your favorite.

    • Mark111 May 3, 2015

      She’s a dancer, that’s it. As in the words of Aaliyah, “an entertainer is a person that can do it all.”

      • coolness May 3, 2015

        Do you apply the same standards to Janet Jackson who was hardly the best singer and a chronic lip syncer but is one of the most legendary performers to ever set foot on a stage? Aaliyah’s voice did carry more weight than both Ciara and Janet but she too wasn’t the best live vocalist. I love all three women so this isn’t to be shady. You on the other hand, you’re just a try hard.

      • Mark111 May 3, 2015

        If you learn to read and comprehend, you’ll see that I gave the definition of an entertainer. Janet may have a light voice, but I seen her do ballads and slow jams singing LIVE and she does a good job at it. Plus she’s a dancer and actress. Same with Aaliyah, another singer, dancer actress, and one of the few entertainers that could sing and dance at the same time. Ciara can’t hold a simple note, I’m sorry she can’t.
        Even if you compare her to Janet or even Britney, the later two can (or could in Britany case) give a powerful performance with different styles and themes. This is MY opinion, but if we do a top 5 of all these women I named, Janet, Aaliyah and Britney top 5 would have more and different styles of dancing, theme and somewhat diff vibes. With Ciara, looking at this top 5, or even her top 10, all you get is high energy, drunk moves and hard dancing. Her problem is she has zero range, vocally and dance wise. You either get high energy dances or a stripper move. That’s it and that’s why I said she’s just a dance and I’ll add just a dancer with very little range.

      • clover May 3, 2015

        p***, BYE !

        a deadliy and scarface stan can’t comment on vocals, dancing, or performing… as a stan for those mediocre girls you can’t understand the greatness of Ciara – it’s too far beyond your comprehension

  14. #TeamTinashe Stan May 3, 2015

    The BET Awards 2013 performance was one of Ciara’s best but wasn’t a fan of the “YehYehYehYehYehYehYeh” part, it really killed the vibe for me.

    • LOL May 3, 2015


  15. Stephon May 3, 2015

    Great performer.

  16. Royalkev May 3, 2015

    Those are hot performances! That one with Chris Brown >>>>>>>
    Her BET and Lopez Tonight performances slay too!
    I always liked her performance of Promise on Letterman too. She also killed it with the MJ tribute (VH1) and on Jimmy Kimmel (Got Me Good / Sorry).

  17. BeyRihLiyah May 3, 2015

    the bet 2013 awards she MURDERED that stage!!!!!! lol (sidenote) how come th only award she book is bet? lmaoooo

    • clover May 3, 2015

      She did vh1 just the year before with her MJ tribute

  18. JT May 3, 2015

    That BET performance was fire, everyone was waiting for that the whole show!!!

    • JT May 3, 2015

      of I’m Out/Body Party


    TGJ, y’all clearly haven’t seen her SYTYCD performance of “Get Up”. It was beyond magical. She sang live, her choreo was on point as usual, her hair was layed, and everything was just perfect.

  20. Weezy Tha G.O.A.T May 3, 2015

    Rihanna could never touch Ciara on the stage.

    • Mark111 May 3, 2015

      She book more and bigger stages, so doesn’t matter. Ciara is behind.

      • clover May 3, 2015

        no she doesn’t, dummy.

        you’re trying way too hard and achieving nothing

  21. ~Tne Arcade~ May 3, 2015

    Honestly, I can’t fault this list! And I kid you not I always find myself watching all of her performances over and over again. I would however, replace the Mo’nique show performance with the performance she did in South Africa *Intense* and all her performances on Ellen lol

    • ~Tne Arcade~ May 3, 2015

      *and add ALL her performances on Ellen

  22. Juan1n4Mil1i0n May 3, 2015

    “Sorry” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

  23. @FutureCIARA May 3, 2015

    She also SLAYED This MJ Tribute, And gave props to the QUEEN & KING!

    “JANET is QUEEN, And Michael Is KING” – CIARA

  24. coolness May 3, 2015

    Despite commercial success eluding her, Ciara is definitely one of the best performers of her generation. NO FEMALE in popular music moves like her and her athleticism is pretty much on par with her male dance contemporaries. She may not be the best singer (she’s shown vast improvement over the years though) but she makes up for it with her charismatic stage presence and hot dance moves. I disagree with her performance of Get Up at SYTYCD being an honourable mention. Everything was just perfect in that performance and it means so much to me because she was at the height of her career then. Her MJ tribute/Got Me Good at VH1 Divas was great as well. All in all, I wish Ciara the best of luck with her new tour.


    OMG!!!! And her “Got Me Good” live performance for Jimmy Kimmel live >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>. She did all that heavy choreography and sang the entire song live sounding on key. How can y’all miss that?

  26. rihicon May 3, 2015

    I don’t care for the first 4 but number one is my favorite Ciara performance she really slayed

  27. D May 3, 2015

    Her “Get Up” performance on Ellen was good too!Also, she did “Hotline” a long time ago on the Vibe awards and the choreo was KILLER!That was when she FIRST came out!Also, she did “Love S** Magic” on the MTV Japan VMA’s!Those are two performances a lot of people don’t know about but they’re really good!Replace the “Ride” performance with “Get Up” SYTYCD.

    • ~Tne Arcade~ May 3, 2015

      Omg… Please do not get me started on that EPIC ‘Love S** and Magic’ performance on Mtv Japan, that was pure slayage. I was so mad when it had been removed on youtube.

  28. D May 3, 2015

    Well, here.


    And Ciara’s performance of “Super Turnt Up” on 106 & Park was everything! She has Bow wow so jealous of how good she looked! Kii! That outfit she wore was >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  30. Lmfao_Hoe May 3, 2015

    Lord Jesus her and Chris should have made a collab n video, their chemistry puts me in mind of MJ & Janet in Scream.

  31. HYDROQUINONe May 3, 2015

    This Dude is On Fire… or at least he Was

    • Angie May 4, 2015


  32. NickixBeyxGaga May 3, 2015

    The one w/ Chris Brown made my jaw DROP! I would love to see that again, and I loved Nicki’s attire. A top 5 of Madonna, Beyonce, and Gaga would be awesome!!!


    I almost forgot about her “Like a Boy” performance on Dancing with the Stars. She was out of breath for the most part and missed about half of the lyrics, but the choreo was still on point. The performance was so powerful and inspiring. In my opinion, it showed how girls stick together through the toughest times with the really close choreo.

    • Lake Erie May 3, 2015

      Yup, that style dancing “closeness of women dancing” came from her. Well, I take that back (Janet Jackson). But Ciara brought it back and put her swagger on it and once she did it, now everyone else is doing it. lol . I won’t say any names.

  34. The Dizz May 3, 2015

    Listen, I WAS a Ciara fan from the jump. As time passed, she lost me. She’s gotten beyond repetitive & beyond BASIC. Now before these new age kids come at me; take that blindfold off & look at it for what it is. She’s wack and it’s that simple. She’s never been a good singer, her material has sucked since 2010 (to say the least), she doesn’t reinvent herself, she lacks originality and her fake persona during interviews doesn’t convince ANYONE besides the C-Squad. The end.

    • Lake Erie May 3, 2015

      Boy, you sound crazy.

  35. Lake Erie May 3, 2015

    Well it’s offical!!!! Coping my LP in the A.M. Can’t wait!!!! Turn up!

    Sidenote: From the reviews I’ve read on twitter, they say it’s full blown pop so even though I’m not a pop head, I’m still pumped. I prAy she adds my city to her tour list.

  36. You wanna love it right bettor then my funky money May 6, 2015

    I love them all

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