The Best Musical Guests on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' in 2019 

Jules Burke
Updated January 13, 2020 1k votes 160 voters 1.9k views 75 items

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This list contains videos and information about the 2019 musical guests on Stephen Colbert. Recent musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert come in many forms. Some Colbert musical guests are legends of classic rock while other best musical guests on Stephen Colbert are buzz-worthy rappers. Some great Colbert Show musical guests are even up-and-coming pop stars.

Who are some of the recent best musical guests on Stephen Colbert? Of course, BTS has to be near the top. The K-pop superstars performed “Make It Right” on May 17, 2019. They also sat down for an interview and recreated the Beatles iconic TV debut during their Late Show appearance. Fellow K-poppers BLACKPINK also stopped by Colbert in 2019 to perform “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” on February 11th.

Spike Jonze directed Karen O and Danger Mouse's March 18, 2019, Colbert set in the style of a live music video. Other great 2019 Late Show musical guests include Cage the Elephant, Future, and The National.

Which recent Late Show performance is the best? Vote your favorites to the top of this list.

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Labels: Big Hit Entertainment

May 17, 2019 - Performed "Make It Right" from their EP Map of the Soul: Persona.

Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, is a seven member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream". They have won ...more
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Genre: K-pop, EDM & Hip-hop; Nationality: South Korea

Labels: YG Entertainment

February 11, 2019 - Performed "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" from their album Square Up (EP).

Blackpink (commonly stylized as BLACKPINK or BLΛƆKPIИK) is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group debuted on ...more
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Genre: Rock music, Folk music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints, + more

Labels: Legacy Recordings, Hear Music, Warner Bros. Records, Columbia

April 15, 2019 - Performed "That Was Your Mother" from his album Graceland.

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of ...more
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Albums: Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish, Fairweather Johnson, Musical Chairs, Kootchypop, + more

Labels: Atlantic Records, Vanguard Records

May 1, 2019 - Performed "Hold My Hand" from their album Cracked Rear View.

"Hootie" is a nickname for the following people: Hootie Ingram (born 1933), former Clemson University head football coach William "Hootie" Johnson (born 1931), former ...more
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Genre: Pop music, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Fill a Heart, Foreword, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Handmade Songs By Tori Kelly

Labels: Geffen Records

August 14, 2019 - Performed "Sorry Would Go a Long Way" from her album Inspired by True Events.

Victoria Loren Kelly (born December 14, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Kelly first gained recognition after posting videos on YouTube as a teenager, and ...more
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Albums: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum, A Merry Little Christmas, Need You Now, Own the Night, + more

Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Capitol Records

November 21, 2019 - Performed "Ocean" from their album of the same name.

Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and ...more
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Kane Brown

January 14, 2019 - Performed"Homesick" from his album Experiment.

Kane Allen Brown (born October 21, 1993) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He first came to the attention of the public through social media. He released his first EP, titled ...more
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May 6, 2019 - Performed "A Song for Everything" from her album Girl.

Maren Larae Morris (born April 10, 1990) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four studio albums. Her 2015 extended play, Maren Morris, charted ...more
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Thomas Rhett

Albums: Thomas Rhett, It Goes Like This, Something to Do With My Hands, It Goes Like This

Labels: Big Machine Records

December 11, 2019 - Performed "Notice" from his album Center Point Road.

Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr., better known by his stage name Thomas Rhett, is an American country music singer. He is the son of singer-songwriter Rhett Akins. Akins has charted five singles from his ...more
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Genre: Western music, Country rock & Acoustic music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Four the Record, Kerosene, Revolution, Me and Charlie Talking, + more

Labels: Epic Records, Columbia, RCA Records

October 30, 2019 - Performed "It All Comes Out In The Wash" from her album Wildcard

Miranda Leigh Lambert (born November 10, 1983) is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2003, she finished in third place of the television program Nashville Star, a singing ...more
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Albums: Are We There, Tramp, Taking Chances, Because I Was in Love, Leonard, + more

Labels: Jagjaguwar

December 19, 2019 - Performed "Seventeen" from her album Remind Me Tomorrow, featuring Norah Jones.

Sharon Katharine Van Etten (born February 26, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and actress from New Jersey.
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Genre: Pop, Funk & Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: In My Mind, In My Mind: The Prequel, ADD SUV, G I R L, Frontin', + more

Labels: Interscope Records, Star Trak Entertainment, Virgin Records

December 4, 2019 - Performed "Letter to My Godfather", from the film The Black Godfather

Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (; born April 5, 1973) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo formed the record production duo The Neptunes in 1992, ...more
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Genre: Blues-rock, Disco & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Sweet Baby James, A Christmas Album, James Taylor at Christmas, Never Die Young, Hourglass, + more

Labels: EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Apple Records, Hear Music, Warner Bros. Records, + more

May 2, 2019 - Performed "Carolina in My Mind" from his self-titled debut album.

James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one ...more
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Albums: Vampire Weekend, Contra, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend, Mansard Roof, + more

Labels: DGC Records, XL Recordings

September 11, 2019 - Performed "Sympathy"

Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, ...more
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Albums: Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (Deluxe Companion), Babel, Mumford & Sons, iTunes Festival: London 2010, + more

Labels: Island Records, Glassnote Records, Universal Music Group

March 7, 2019 - Performed "Beloved" from their album Delta.

Mumford & Sons are a British rock band from London, England, formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. Mumford & Sons have released ...more
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Genre: Electronic music, Experimental rock & Experimental music; Nationality: England

Albums: The Eraser, Harrowdown Hill, Spitting Feathers, The Eraser Rmxs, This, + more

Labels: TBD Records, XL Recordings

November 14, 2019 - Performed "Daily Battles"

Thomas Edward Yorke (born 7 October 1968) is an English musician and was born in Northamptonshire. He is a singer, songwriter and musician for Radiohead, mainly playing guitar and keyboard. He ...more
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Genre: Electronic, Funk & Pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Version, Here Comes the Fuzz, Record Collection, Just (feat. Alex Greenwald), Valerie, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Allido Records, Sony Music Entertainment, J Records, Roc Nation, + more

June 13, 2019 - Performed "Late Night Feelings"

Mark Daniel Ronson (born 4 September 1975) is a British–American musician, DJ, songwriter and record producer. Ronson is best known for his collaborations with artists such as Amy Winehouse, ...more
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September 26, 2019 - Performed "Stay High" from her album Jaime

Brittany Howard (born October 2, 1988) is an American musician, best known as lead vocalist and guitarist of American rock bands Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch. She began playing the guitar at ...more
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Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Christmas to Christmas, How Do You Like Me Now?!, Clancy's Tavern, A Classic Christmas, Shock'n Y'all, + more

Labels: Show Dog-Universal Music, Mercury, A&M Records, Polydor Records, DreamWorks Records, + more

October 24, 2019 - Performed "That's Country, Bro"

Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961) is an American country singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Keith released his first four studio albums—1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's ...more
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Genre: Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Nick of Time, Nine Lives, Fundamental, Silver Lining, Longing in Their Hearts, + more

Labels: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Capitol Records

May 8, 2019 - Performed "Angel from Montgomery" from her album Streetlights.

Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, and activist. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums that incorporated ...more
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Big Thief

October 10, 2019 - Performed "Not" from their album Two Hands.

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium

February 18, 2019 - Performed "Blood and Rockets" from their album South of Reality.

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Albums: Thank You, Happy Birthday, Cage the Elephant, Melophobia, Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, + more

Labels: Relentless Records, Jive Records, RCA Records

April 18, 2019 - Performed "Ready to Let Go" from their album Social Cues.

Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006. The group currently consists of Matthew "Matt" Shultz, Brad "Dave" Shultz, Jared ...more
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Albums: Doolittle, Surfer Rosa, Bossanova, Trompe le Monde, Come On Pilgrim, + more

Labels: Cooking Vinyl, 4AD, Artemis Records, spinART Records, Elektra Records

September 4, 2019 - Preformed "Catfish Kate" from their album Beneath the Eyrie.

The Pixies are an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group currently consists of founders Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering. Co-founder Kim Deal left ...more
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Genre: Hip hop music, Synthpop & Pop music; Nationality: Sweden

Albums: Robyn, Body Talk, Part 3, Robyn Is Here, Body Talk, + more

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Island Records, Konichiwa Records, Cherrytree Records, Jive Records, + more

March 12, 2019 - Performed "Ever Again" from her album Honey.

Robin Miriam Carlsson (born 12 June 1979), known as Robyn (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈrɔbʏn]), is a Swedish singer, songwriter and record producer. She arrived on the music scene with her 1995 ...more