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WATCH NOW: Casey Abrams Sings Nirvana Song on 'American Idol'

Last night there was an "American Idol" first: The first time Nirvana was ever performed on the show's stage.

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The theme of the night was "Birth Year Songs" and Casey Abrams decided to take on Kurt Cobain and Co.'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from 1991.

With a little extra growl in his voice and a guitar in his hands, the bearded 20-year-old got praise from judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson for taking a risk with his performance -- though J.Lo said it was a "little bit screamy-screechy" at times.

Steven Tyler loved it, saying "That's the goop the great stuff is made of, and you got it."

Check out the performance above -- are you feeling it?

Comments (14)

Steve:  1319 days ago

That was horrible!

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The Atlanta Sex Maniac:  1318 days ago

Sound like crap. Simon would've said that type song hand no substance!

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WTF????:  1318 days ago

that was worse than Britney at the VMAs

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Joe Schmoe:  1318 days ago

Awful. Just awful. A complete dumpster-fire. This is exactly why you do not try to repeat iconic performances by a musical genius. He gets an A for guts, a D- for execution, and an F for intelligence.

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nahtanhe dailey:  1318 days ago

Am I the only one that noticed that he screwed up the lyrics, first line to boot. Not cool dude, not cool.

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M. Jones:  1318 days ago

Poor Kurt.

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Ty:  1318 days ago

Oh man... hes got balls to do it but slaughtered the song

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Garrett:  1318 days ago

It wasn't suppose to be just like nirvana's, it was suppose to be unique, an that's what it was. i liked it, an i voted for him, an i think he's probably one of the more interesting people on the show. everyone else this year are just poor rip offs of other contestants from other seasons. rock on man 91 for life!

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Meli:  1318 days ago

I had to give up AI this year but just watched this clip. If I was watching, this wouldve been the final nail - especially after the judges liked it, they have no credibility after that. Sure it was risky and he gets points for that, but come on, you do an iconic song like this at least get the lyrics right. RIP Kurt!

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brian:  1318 days ago

he actually made kurt cobain look like he had talent

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testintton:  1318 days ago

wow that was TERRIBLE. I like Nirvana but I'm not one of those people who thinks they are sacred and should never be covered. I've heard some pretty good covers of that song before, I've heard better karaoke versions of that song.

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Nit Picker:  1318 days ago

Erm ... that's a bass, not a guitar ...

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Nit Picker:  1318 days ago

Erm ... that's a bass, not a guitar

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Nick Winters:  1318 days ago

If he really wanted to sound like the original he should have whined a lot more. Whiny grunge trash music.

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