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Nov
30
Ariana Grande Performs ‘Last Christmas’ on ‘Fallon’

Ariana Grande

While you were feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie, Ariana Grande was serving up a holiday performance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Thanksgiving night. Dressed in red, the 20-year-old songstress returned to the show to perform her remake of Wham!’s “Last Christmas” with some help from The Roots.

On Tuesday, she will release her third Christmas single, “Snow in California,” off her upcoming Christmas EP Christmas Kisses.

She also taped a performance for NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” which airs on December 4.

See Ariana kick off the holiday season on “Late Night.”

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Nov
8
M.I.A. Performs with The Roots on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

M.I.A.

With her fourth album Matangi in stores, M.I.A. stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday night for an interview and performance.

The Sri Lankan rapper recounted her embarrassing run-in with The Roots at a club in Japan, where she hit a glass wall and fell down.

“That was the coolest fall of all time,” said Questlove.

She later performed her single “Come Walk With Me” with some help from the band, marking her first time performing with a band in the U.S.

If you’re in L.A., you can catch her performing at the Belasco Theater on Monday and Tuesday during her “Matangi” tour. She will also perform on “Conan” on Nov. 13 and “The Colbert Report” on Nov. 20.

Watch M.I.A. rock with The Roots below.

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Oct
9
Miley Cyrus Sings ‘We Can’t Stop’ with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon

Miley Cyrus and The Roots

Miley Cyrus capped off her album release day with a visit to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday. Following her visit to “Today,” the blonde pop star sat down on the couch to discuss her foot tattoo and Bangerz. In the tradition of the show, she also appeared in a skit called “Real People, Fake Arms.”

Plus, she performed an a cappella duet of “We Can’t Stop” with The Roots and Jimmy (“Brady Bunch” style), and hit the stage for a performance of her No. 1 single “Wrecking Ball.”

Catch up on all the Miley mania below.

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Jun
19
Ice Cube Performs ‘It Was a Good Day’ with The Roots on ‘Fallon’

Ice Cube

In between touring with LL Cool J and Public Enemy on the “Kings of the Mic” tour, Ice Cube made a pit stop at “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday. Dressed in all black, the West Coast gangsta rapper performed his 1993 classic “It Was a Good Day” with The Roots.

Cube’s new album, Everythang’s Corrupt, is due next year. Last month, he gave fans a taste of what’s to come with “The Big Show.”

Peep Cube’s late-night set below.

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Jan
2
Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian Perform ‘Battle Scars’ on ‘Fallon’

Guy Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco kicked off his new year by hitting up “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” With some help from Guy Sebastian and The Roots, the Chicago rapper performed “Battle Scars” off his Grammy-nominated album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1.

In November, he deleted all his tweets, but promised to return in 2013.

Until then, get your Lupe fix below.

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Nov
5
Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, & will.i.am Star on ‘The Cleveland Show’

will.i.am, Nicki Minaj, and Kenny West

It’s been long rumored that a secret society controlling pop culture exists and it was finally exposed last night on Fox’s “The Cleveland Show.” Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, will.i.am, and The Roots’ ?uestlove lent their voices to the season premiere of the animated series.

In the episode, entitled “Menace II Secret Society,” Cleveland discovers the hip-hop Illuminati fronted by Kanye, reprising his role as Kenny West. After growing tired of his antics (“His ego got out of control, and this is coming from rappers,” says will.i.am), his fellow members plot to end his career with some help from Cleveland, who sets him up with his son Cleveland Jr. and his polka band. Will Kenny’s legacy be tarnished or will the plan backfire?

There are also several musical moments from the animated gang and some quotables from Kanye. Catch the full episode below.

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Nov
3
Christina Aguilera Jams with The Roots on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots

Christina Aguilera stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” for a one-of-a-kind performance on Friday. Accompanied by Jimmy and The Roots, the blonde-and-pink-haired pop diva belted out her single “Your Body” with nothing but office supplies as instruments.

In addition to holding down vocals, Xtina punched a stapler as Jimmy tapped keys on his iPhone, ?uestlove beat a pencil against coffee pots, and James Poyser tore paper. Other instruments included a Poland Spring water cooler jug, keyboard, scissors, and tissue box.

Check out their creative jam session below.

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