Performances


Fresh off winning his first GRAMMY earlier this month, Anderson .Paak appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (Feb. 22). The multi-talented musician sat down with Fallon to discuss his victory for ‘Best Rap Performance’ for “Bubblin,” and having two albums worth of unreleased music with Dr. Dre. Paak would close the show by hitting the studio stage to perform the song “Trippy,” backed by The Free Nationals.

The track is off Anderson .Paak’s Oxnard LP, released last year. The California native is currently on his “Andy’s Beach Club” world tour, running until Mar. 21.

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Last week, John Legend released his new single “Preach” and its powerful music video touching on various issues plaguing marginalized communities in America. The EGOT musician/actor/activist appeared on The Ellen Show this week, where he performed “Preach” for the first-time.

Sitting down with Ellen, Legend discussed his new gig as a judge on the upcoming season of The Voice and learning how to swim at the age of 40. Watch below.

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It was the perfect homecoming for J. Cole on Sunday night (Feb. 17), headlining the 68th annual NBA All-Star Game halftime show. Cole World, who grew up just three hours away in Fayetteville, North Carolina, took to the stage at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, delivering an incredible show. Wearing a throwback Charlotte Hornets Starter jacket, J. Cole opened his set with a performance of his new single “Middle Child” for the first-time live. The Dreamville star switched things up to is 21 Savage collaboration “a lot,” shouting out the Atlanta rapper, who is dealing with legal issues after being detained by ICE earlier this month.

Backed by singers and a full band, J. Cole moved from the crowd of screaming fans to the main stage where he closed his set with the songs “ATM, “Love Yourz” and “No Role Modelz.” Watch J. Cole’s full halftime show performance at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game below.

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The 68th annual NBA All-Star Game took place on Sunday night (Feb. 17), live from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Right before tip-off between Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis, the star-studded teams were introduced with an explosive opening lead by Meek Mill. Backed by dancers, the MMG rapper kicked things off with a medley of “Championships (Intro),” “Going Bad,” “Uptown Vibes,” and his classic “Dreams & Nightmares (Intro).”

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Unlike everyone at the Grammys (except for Childish Gambino and Black Panther producer Ludwig Göransson), Metro Boomin made sure 21 Savage’s tragic legal situation didn’t go unnoticed during his performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. While conducting a rendition of his “Space Cadet” collaboration with Gunna, Metro rocked a white coat with the words “Free 21 Savage” graffiti’d on the back for all the audience to see.

Sadly, 21 is still being held without bail by ICE for no good reason — and faces a “complicated, potentially insurmountable” legal battle.

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The 61st annual GRAMMY Awards took over the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Feb. 10), hosted by 15-time GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys. Music’s biggest night was loaded with musical performances, opened by Camila Cabello who delivered a flavorful medley of “Havana,” “Pégate” and “Mi Gente” with Young Thug, J Balvin and Ricky Martin. Janelle Monáe brought her Dirty Computer album to life with an electrifying set of “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane and “Pynk,” while H.E.R. shined bright with “Hard Place” to go with her two awards.

Cardi B dazzled the crowd with a show stopping performance of her latest single “Money,” to go with her ‘Best Rap Album’ victory for Invasion of Privacy. Travis Scott was joined by James Blake and Earth, Wind & Fire for “Stop Trying to Be God,” before being joined by a mob of fans surrounded in a cage for “No Bystanders.” Other performers included a tribute to Donny Hathaway by Chloe x Halle, a Motown 60 celebration by Jennifer Lopez, Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo, and Alicia Keys, and the trio of Fantasia, Andra Day
and Yolanda Adams honoring the late Aretha Franklin.

Shawn Mendes, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson, Katy Perry, St. Vincent and Dua Lipa also touched the GRAMMY stage during the near four-hour broadcast. Re-live the key performances below,

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Last night, Buddy and A$AP Ferg performed their Harlan & Alondra collaboration, “Black,” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Watching a rapper (or in this case rappers) perform such an #unapologeticallyblack song in a room full of white people is always a bit strange. It reminds me of that Vince Staples line: “All these white folks chanting when I asked ’em where my n*ggas at? / Goin’ crazy, got me goin’ crazy, I can’t get wit’ that / Wonder if they know, I know they won’t go where we kick it at.”

Shouts to Buddy and Ferg for showing love to 21 Savage at the start of their performance, though. Even if half the audience had probably never heard of 21 before this week.

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The biggest sporting event in North America took place as all eyes were on the NFL Super Bowl LIII on Sunday night (Feb. 3). The 2019 championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots featured the Pepsi halftime show, headlined by Maroon 5. A year after Justin Timberlake rocked the world, the Pop/Rock band lead a medley of their radio hits including.

The show, controversial due to many artists refusing to perform in support of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, including appearances by Travis Scott (“SICKO MODE”) and Atlanta native Big Boi with Sleepy Brown (“Kryptonite,” “I Like the Way You Move”). Watch the full 14-minute performance below.

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Masego has been reaching new levels of success with his undeniable single “Lavish Lullaby,” off the singer’s 2018 effort Lady Lady. The record has since reached an impressive 2 million streams on Spotify and counting. Produced by Masego himself, along with Kojoa Asamoah, he recently stopped by the Genius HQ to perform a live rendition of the song/

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A$AP Rocky’s “Injured Generation” tour pulled into The Forum in Inglewood, California on Thursday night (Jan. 31). Fans in attendance got quite the surprise as Drake appeared on stage to perform the songs “Nonstop” and “Sicko Mode.” “It’s been years since I’ve been on stage with my brother,” said Drizzy. “I want you to make some motherfucking noise for this man right here because since ‘Purple Swag,’ this n**a’s been setting trends that a lot of people pay attention to and follow.”

Watch the moment below.

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