Sarah McLachlan and P!nk took the stage at the 2008 American Music Awards to share a hauntingly beautiful duet of McLachlan’s hit “Angel.”

When Sarah McLachlan released the album Surfacing in 1997, she had absolutely no idea how big the song “Angel” would become. The haunting ballad soared to the top of the charts and was on almost every radio station, including adult contemporary stations. In 2008, McLachlan and P!nk joined together on a live duet of the song at the American Music Awards.

Best Performances: Sarah McLachlan and P!nk Perform

Although “Angel” isn’t as widely played as it once was, it’s still a commonly known song. Sarah McLachlan wrote the song in response to the heroin overdose and death of the drummer for the alt rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins. Whether fans were aware of the origins or not, the song spoke to a wide range of people and has continued to do so throughout the decades.

Watch as McLachlan and P!nk turn the perfect ballad into a perfect live duet:

“Angel” Lyrics by Sarah McLachlan:

Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that would make it okay
There’s always some reason
To feel not good enough
And it’s hard, at the end of the day
I need some distraction
Oh, beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
And maybe empty
Oh, and weightless, and maybe
I’ll find some peace tonight

In the arms of the angel
Fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line
And everywhere you turn
There’s vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting
Keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack
It don’t make no difference
Escape one last time
It’s easier to believe in this sweet madness
Oh, this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

In the arms of the angel
Fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here