If it were your birthday, you had your own talk show, and you could pick any artist in the world to play for you, who would you chose? Superstar Ellen Degeneres chose Earth, Wind & Fire for her birthday, which she celebrated on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Ellen’s favorite band, Earth, Wind & Fire acted as house band throughout the entire show, and we especially loved this performance of “September.” Watching the energy and joy with which the band played the song on stage, it’s hard to imagine that they started making music in 1971 — they seem so fresh and new! The performance was fun, upbeat and infectious, and we recommend getting out of your chair and doing a little shuffle in front of your desk as a great way to start your work day.
If your disposition can deal with fast, loud music, frenetic light flashing and a whole lot of high energy movement, then Big Freedia is for you. Performing “Na Who Mad” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, Big Freedia gave a spectacular dance performance amidst flashing lights in lurid colors. Clad in zebra print and not resting for even a second, Big Freedia’s reggaeton style music made us want to throw our bodies around too. And with a beat similar to Nicki Minaj‘s “Stupid Hoe,” were sensing that the chaotic pace of “Na Who Mad” might be a trend for music going into 2012.
Was Seal sending out a not-so-subtle message to soon to be ex-wife Heidi Klum, or was it just a happy coincidence that he sang Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” on Ellen yesterday? Regardless, Seal gave a perfect vocal performance, staying true to Al Green’s style. Looking sharp as hell on his glittering stage, Seal’s rendition of the classic song was practically flawless, and he moved between the high and low notes with a naturalness that made the whole thing look criminally easy. So easy in fact, that we gave the song a go right here in the office — let’s just say that just because something looks easy, it doesn’t mean that it is.
Young The Giant played “Cough Syrup” last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and they were simply hypnotic. With something of a young Kings Of Leon in the verses (sing “The Bucket” along with the first verse of “Cough Syrup” and you’ll see), Young The Giant are both familiar and new. Their referential (the choruses are reminiscent of The National) style is comfortable, and yet they evoke wide open, uncharted spaces in the way they play their influences off one another to create dynamism in both music and vocal.
American Idol judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson teamed up with Joe Perry on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to give a super fun performance of Aerosmith‘s “Chip Away The Stone.” With a full band, the veterans we’re lively and animated, for what was a joy filled performance. The guys had great chemistry together on stage, and proved that age ain’t nothing but a number when it comes to rocking out.
It’s a tall order to cover the music of a legend, but last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon The Avett Brothers pulled it off just about as perfectly as one could hope to. Covering Bob Dylan‘s “One Too Many Mornings,” the North Carolina band embraced the spirit of folk, giving a refined, whimsical performance. Did you love their rendition of the Dylan classic? Well never fear — The Avett Brothers’ version of “One Too Many Mornings” will appear on a 4-CD box set of Dylan covers, Chimes Of Freedom, set to be released on January 24th.
Adam Lambert fans — this is what you’ve been waiting for. Performing his first single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” from his forthcoming album Trespassing, last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Lambert owned the stage with his compelling presence. Looking sharp as always in his signature glam-goth style and vertiginous hair, Lambert gave an emotional performance. With an 80s, synth-led sound shaping the song, Lambert’s voice soared through “Better Than I Know Myself” with confidence and ease, both chilling and uplifting, especially when he hit the high notes with his flawless rock-style vocal.
The adorable Kina Grannis, VH1′s January Posted artist, performed a beautiful, acoustic version of “In Your Arms” for Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. It’s no secret that we love Kina, and it’s not hard to see why. The young performer is sincere, relatable and perfectly imperfect as she sings with true emotion. Promoting her album Stairwells, Kina took to the stage with the presence and easy charm of a veteran performer, despite her relative newness to the limelight. Her charming smile accompanying the heartfelt vocal made for a convincing performance that has stuck in our minds the same way as the passionate kind of love affair Kina sings about would. We were even lucky enough to go backstage at Jimmy Kimmel with Kina to find out all about her upcoming US and European tours. See our video after the jump!