When Pitbull and Ne-Yo teamed to perform their single “Give Me Everything” at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards last month, we didn’t even think it worth a mention in our roundup of the show’s highlights; the slightly out-of-breath Pitbull and a seemingly off-his-game Ne-Yo turned out a solidly mediocre performance. Their appearance last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, though, was an entirely different story.
Sure, the backing tracks didn’t exactly sound stellar through the booming outdoor soundsystem, but it didn’t matter, because both performers brought their best to a performance of what in the last month has climbed the charts to top out at #2 (just beneath the ever-present “Rolling In the Deep”). Sometimes, victory-lap performances like this one can be marked by indolence, but being as near the top of the charts as Adele will allow is apparently no reason for either performer to slack off. Pitbull, in particular, is all over our Song of the Summer charts, and he was similarly dominating onstage last night (so much so that Ne-Yo was not even announced beforehand as a musical guest). The Miami rapper has quietly become a chart monster over the last few years, and it’s great to see him enjoy the heck out of it.
Elsewhere on late night?
Conan: musical comedian Reggie Watts
The Late Show with David Letterman: Drive-By Truckers, “Everybody Needs Love”
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Jackie Evancho, “Angel”
The Colbert Report: Florence + The Machine, “Dog Days Are Over”
Lopez Tonight: Augustana, “Steal Your Heart”
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Bon Iver, “Holoscene”
Last Call with Carson Daly: Charles Bradley (rerun from May 6)