Five Musical Acts That Got A Big Break From Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon has officially become the sixth host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, leaving the reins of his precious Late Night to SNL buddy Seth Meyers. It’ll be a tough act to follow, as Fallon has had an unparalleled effect on the music world during his time at 12:35 AM. For starters, he hired The Roots as his house band. And no disrespect to Paul Shaffer, but that’s pretty darn cool.

In addition to playful renditions of popular songs using children’s instruments or promoting Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s love of old school rap, the show had a knack for giving time to emerging acts, many of whom were making their television debut at 30 Rock. As we usher in a new era of the Late Night brand, here’s a look at five artists who got a big break from Fallon’s show.

Liv Warfield, January 28, 2014
The VH1 Soul You Oughta Know artist made her television debut just a few weeks ago, performing “Why Do You Lie” on one of Fallon’s final episodes. With an eye-popping black-and-gold wardrobe and sassy stage presence, Warfield revealed just what she’s learned from mentor Prince while bulldozing through her vocals in the middle of a 16-piece band.

Frank Ocean, July 9, 2012
Popular mixtape nostalgia, ULTRA and high-profile songwriting gigs for the likes of Beyoncé helped make Frank Ocean’s debut album more than highly anticipated in the summer of 2012. Add a major New York Times profile and revealing blog post about his sexuality, and his Late Night performance–on the night of his digital album release–was must-see TV.

Ed Sheeran, April 2, 2012

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