Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by Chris Molina, Live Nation • January 20, 2017
Ah, Inauguration week. What a time. The music community has been buzzing about the anticipated inaugural day for a while now, and its time has finally come. Instead of focusing on the bad and the ugly, lets keep our eyes on the prize and the reason we are all here: music. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite TV performances from this week—we hope this cheers you up.
The xx - “Lips” & “Say Something Loving” on Jimmy Fallon
After what felt like ages of patiently waiting for their return, The xx finally released their album I See You last week. Though they already have plans to bring their newest music to the US for fans to see them live, they gave us a preview of what’s to come on Fallon two nights ago. Performing two singles off the LP, “Say Something Loving” and “Lips,” the UK trio look—and sound—like their usual dazzling selves dressed in black with a white-lit stage
Rae Sremmurd - “Black Beatles” on The Ellen Degeneres Show
The young hip hop duo perform their chart topping “Black Beatles” for the Ellen Show crowd. Kicking it off with a mini Mannequin Challenge, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi bring their Tupelo energy to the stage with high-powered rapping, singing and dancing. Telling the crowd to channel their “inner rockstar,” the brothers went into a full-out performance of the #MannequinChallenge anthem. As even Paul McCartney posted a video of the challenge, Swae Lee called it the “ultimate cosign.”
Jim James - “The World’s Smiling Now” on The Late Late Show with James Corden
James released his second studio album Eternally Even the day before Election Day, and brings his single “The World’s Smiling Now” to Corden’s stage two days before the Inauguration—happy accident or fate? Co-produced by The Alabama Shakes’ Blake Mills, the album is described by his PR team as a “heart-thumping call to action.” Delivering a blues bar-esque performance of the song, James pours his heart and soul into the sensuous lyrics, singing, “How long does a good thing last? Can we avoid mistakes from the past?” Check out our High Notes from his show in LA right here.
_Migos - “Bad and Boujee” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! _
Though missing the hype-heavy energy the song deserves, Migos performs their number one single “Bad and Boujee” on Jimmy Kimmel. The song’s enjoyed a slot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 9 weeks now and just this week bumped “Black Beatles” down to number two. After getting a special shoutout from Bino at the Golden Globes, the Georgia trio even received a shoutout from Kimmel himself: “Guys I want to congratulate you, I’ve never smelled more pot in our building,” Kimmel says. “You set the record. We’ve had every artist. Willie Nelson has been here, Snoop Dogg has been here, you smoked them all out. Congratulations. By the way, I’m Jimmy, I’m the host of the show.”