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The Best Musical Guests on 'Colbert' in 2020

Updated August 20, 2020 138 votes 21 voters 1.1k views65 items

List RulesVote up the best musical guests that have appeared on Stephen Colbert.

This list contains videos and information on the 2020 musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Recent musical guests on Stephen Colbert come in many genres. Some Late Show musical guests are new rappers or pop artists making their television debut while other Colbert guests performing are classic rock legends are. Some great Colbert Show musical guests are even up-and-coming pop stars. After March 30, 2020, episodes began to be taped at Stephen Colbert's home due to the pandemic - but that didn't stop musicians like Alicia Keys and Jon Batiste making guest appearances on-screen, filming from their own homes and often performing in memory of musicians lost as part of the Colbert #playathome series.

Who are some of the recent best musical guests on Stephen Colbert? Of course, Kesha will be near the top. The singer performed “Raising Hell” on January 10 with bounce musician Big Freedia. Another favorite act on the Colbert musical guest list is American country singer Miranda Lambert who  stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2020 to perform “Tequila Does” on January 6. Miranda Lambert was most recently on The Late Show on October 30, 2019. Starting March 30, 2020, episodes were filmed from Colbert's home, due to quarantine. The first musical guest on Colbert streaming from isolation was Alicia Keys, performing a special rendition of Flo Rida's "My House."

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

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    January 10, 2020 - "Raising Hell", featuring Big Freedia.

    Kesha Rose Sebert (; born March 1, 1987), known mononymously as Kesha (formerly stylized Ke$ha), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to Kemosabe Records. Her first major success came in early 2009 after she was featured on American rapper Flo Rida's number-one single "Right Round". Kesha's music and image propelled her to immediate success. She has earned two number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 with Animal (2010) and Rainbow (2017), and the number-six record Warrior (2012). She has attained ten top-ten singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, including "Blah Blah Blah", "Your Love Is My Drug", "Take It Off", "Blow", "Die Young", "My  ...more
    • Genres (Music): Pop, Hip hop
    • Albums: Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK, Warrior, Animal + Cannibal
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    The Best Songs Feat. Kesha#5 of 50 50 Most Popular Music Artists of 2010#32 of 101 The Best Current Female Singers

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    April 2, 2020 - Performed a special rendition of Flo Rida's "My House"

    Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records, and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001. The album was critically and commercially successful, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'" and selling over 16 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a critical and commercial  ...more
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul, Electronic music, Contemporary R&B
    • Albums: Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged, Girl On Fire, The Diary of Alicia Keys
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    July 23, 2020 - Performed "2020"

    Benjamin Scott Folds (born September 12, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. From 1995 to 2000, Folds was the frontman and pianist of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. After the group temporarily disbanded, Folds performed as a solo artist and has toured all over the world. The group reunited in 2011. He has also collaborated with musicians such as William Shatner, Regina Spektor and "Weird Al" Yankovic and undertaken experimental songwriting projects with authors such as Nick Hornby and Neil Gaiman. In addition to contributing music to the soundtracks of the animated films Over the Hedge, and Hoodwinked!, Folds produced Amanda Palmer's first solo album and  ...more
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Piano rock, Power pop, Soft rock, Alternative rock
    • Albums: Songs for Silverman, Rockin' the Suburbs, Lonely Avenue, Way to Normal, iTunes Originals – Ben Folds
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    The Best Ben Folds Five Songs#395 of 488 The Best Rock Vocalists#221 of 298 The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    April 8, 2020 - Performed tribute to John Prine with "Hello In There"

    Brandi M. Carlile (born June 1, 1981) is an American three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer whose music spans multiple genres. As of 2018, Carlile has released six studio albums and earned seven Grammy Award nominations, including one for The Firewatcher's Daughter and six for By the Way, I Forgive You. She was the most nominated woman at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards (six) including nominations for Album of the Year (By the Way, I Forgive You), Record of the Year and Song of the Year ("The Joke"). In 2019, Carlile formed an all-female quartet with Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby called The Highwomen. Carlile dropped out of high school to pursue a  ...more
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock, Pop rock, Alternative country
    • Albums: The Story, Brandi Carlile, Give Up the Ghost, Bear Creek, We're Growing Up
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    The Best Brandi Carlile Albums of All Time#78 of 96 The Greatest Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years#287 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time