The last 18 months have been very good to Ed Sheeran. Since being named a You Oughta Know artist in May 2012, Ed has gone on to perform at the London Olympic games, receive a Song of the Year nomination at the Grammy Awards (for “The A Team”), and tour the country with Taylor Swift. Not too shabby. Despite his busy schedule, Ed was still able to carve out some time for a You Oughta Know In Concert performance that astonished us all.
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Lorde has risen to the ranks of pop royalty in these last few months with her uber-catchy single “Royals,” and her performance at You Oughta Know In Concert proves that she’s no pretender to the throne! The 17-year-old New Zealander held her own among the senior singers, making her four-song set an undisputed highlight of the high-octane evening. And don’t get us started on her spellbinding collaboration with HAIM later that night on Sheryl Crow‘s “Strong Enough”…
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Matt Nathanson was the MVP of the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special, as he and his band played in eight, count ‘em, 8 songs for the adoring audience. Nathanson is the longest-tenured You Oughta Know artist of anyone on tonight’s bill, and he proved to be the most versatile of the bunch, too, performing 4 songs of original material, leading the way on three dynamic covers, and singing along to the all-star jam of “Ho Hey” led by The Lumineers.
Emeli Sandé got the first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special started off on an extremely energetic foot tonight, performing four songs that appear on her debut album Our Version Of Events. Two of those songs, “Next To Me” and “My Kind Of Love,” just appeared on your television screen, but those of us who were lucky enough to be in attendance when this show was recorded were treated to an especially rockin’ version of “Heaven,” which we have for you above.
Delta Rae is one of our favorite You Oughta Know artists to emerge over the last couple of years, which is why it was so thrilling to see them appear on-stage at the You Oughta Know In Concert special that airs tonight at 9/8C on VH1. The band’s Brittany Holljes (aka @brittanyhellyes) and Liz Hopkins (aka @batsparkles) join an all-star cast of performers during the evening’s closing number, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, but that’s not all that’s new with this North Carolina six-piece.
VH1′s first ever You Oughta Know In Concert special will air tomorrow night, Thursday November 21, at 9/8C. If you missed the livestream of the event last week, you’ll finally be able to watch the star-studded grand finale of “Ho Hey,” performed by The Lumineers and an all-star cast of You Oughta Know alumni. Although you won’t be able to see the final cut of that INCREDIBLE performance until tomorrow night, we were able to liberate this sneak peek for you guys while our editors weren’t looking!
Clocking in at five minutes and 26 seconds, “Give Me Love” is the longest song on Ed Sheeran‘s debut album, +. However, when he performed the song at last week’s You Oughta Know In Concert special (airing Thursday, November 21 at 9/8C), he delighted the audience by extending the song for three more glorious minutes.
The 17-year-old Lorde is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the biggest breakout music star of the year 2013. She was named a VH1 You Oughta Know artist in September of this year, her song “Royals” has spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, and her debut album Pure Heroine will no doubt be showing up on many year-end Top 10 lists. As much vocal and lyrical promise as she has shown, though, we had NO idea that she could wail until we discovered this video of her at age 12 singing a Ronnie James Dio classic (via our friends over at Crushable)!
It’s almost here! Only five more days until the inaugural You Oughta Know In Concert special airs this Thursday, November 21 at 9/8C. It features performances from You Oughta Know alumni both new (Lorde, HAIM, JOHNNYSWIM) and, well, not so new. Take, for instance, the talented Matt Nathanson, who has been part of the YOK family since 2008.