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Usher Raymond performing on his One Night Stand Tour in 2008
Concert tours 6
Concert specials and festivals 32
Tribute Performances 15
Award shows performances 21
Performances at television shows and specials 58

American singer Usher has embarked on six concert tours, four of which have been worldwide. He first served as an opening act for Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, and Puff Daddy from 1997–1999. His solo tour debut, 8701 Evolution Tour began in North America then expanded to Europe and visiting Africa, supporting his third studio album, 8701 (2001). Following the release of his fourth studio album, Confessions, Usher embarked on his next world concert venture The Truth Tour. For this tour Usher collaborated with MasterCard, the company gave him his own prepaid debit card with his picture on it that was sold at his concert. The card gave his fans access to his website where you get discounts on concert tickets and Usher merchandise, T-shirts and key chains.[1] In 2008, to promote his fifth studio album, Here I Stand, he began his 14 date One Night Stand: Ladies Only Tour at intimate clubs and theaters venues in the United States.

Usher announced that he would embark on his fourth concert tour, the Euphoria Tour, to further promote Looking 4 Myself, he planned to perform in countries including France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, however it was cancelled because of his commitment to the reality talent show The Voice, where he was a judge in the show's fourth season.[2] In 2010 he took part in his third world tour; The OMG Tour, in which supported his sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond (2010), as well as his first extended play, Versus (2010). Grossing in the US$75 million, selling over 922,000 tickets.[3] In 2012 Usher went on his fourth concert world tour, The UR Experience. This tour was composed of a wide array of Raymonds's discography, in addition to new songs "Good Kisser", "She Came to Give it To You", "I Don't Mind" and a medleys of previous hits.

Outside of world tours, Usher has performed an array of televised tribute performances for various artist some including Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, LA Reid, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Stevie Wonder. Raymond performed at Super Bowl XLV halftime show as guest act of The Black Eyes Peas, Saturday Night Live, various times at the Grammy's, MTV Video Music Award's, American Music Awards, and other award shows. He has performed at events for both the first inauguration and second inauguration for President Barack Obama. Performing at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in January 18, 2008 and "Kids' Inaugural: Our Children Our Future" event at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C on January 19, 2013.

Concert tours[edit]

Year Title Duration Number of
performances
2001-2002 8701 Evolution Tour April 4, 2002 – July 7, 2002 (North America)
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8701 Evolution Tour was Usher's first solo concert tour. Its set list mainly drew from his self-titled third solo album, 8701 (2001), but also included songs from his second album My Way. His North American leg featured several opening acts, including Faith Evans, Nas and Mr. Cheeks. On November 19, 2002, a live video album named Usher Live Evolution 8701 was released on November 19, 2002. ABC Family Channel premiered Usher: Evolution 8701 Live in concert on March 16, 2003.[2] The tour consisted of 40 shows in North America, 20 in Europe and 2 in Africa.
2004-05 Truth Tour August 5, 2004 –October 7, 2004 (North America)
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The Truth Tour was the second concert tour by American recording artist Usher. Visiting North America and Europe, the tour accompanies his fourth studio album, Confessions. His North American leg featured opening acts JoJo, Christina Milian and Kanye West. "The Truth Tour" commenced on August 5, 2004 in Hampton, Virginia and concluded on October 7, 2004 in New York.[17] It was ranked as one of the highest-grossing tours of 2004, grossing $29.1 million.[19] Showtime broadcast the show during a special titled One Night, One Star: Usher Live: Live in Puerto Rico at José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. During the concert special he brought out special guest Lil Jon, Ludacris, Daddy Yankee, Fat Joe, and Beyoncé to perform a dance routine to "Bad Girl" choreographed by Frank Gatson. As of September 16, 2005 DVD The Truth Tour: Behind The Tour, has been certified 7x Platinum by RIAA.
2008 One Night Stand: Ladies Only Tour November 2, 2008 – November 25, 2008 (North America)
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Usher toured fourteen cities in North America, coining the trip One Night Stand: Ladies Only Tour. Mainly targeting women, the tour commenced on November 2, 2008 and concluded on November 25, 2008. The tour's female-focused concept was inspired by other male recording artists who "did things special like this for their female fans", such as Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye and Prince. Enjoying the challenge of a female-only tour, Usher said, "There [are] only a few artists that can pull that off, I feel like I've had such a connection with my audience. This album, I felt like, was definitely the type of one that was more intimate. So what better way to get up close and personal than to make it all women?".
2010-11 OMG Tour Nov 10, 2010 – June 1, 2011, (North America) Jan 11, 2011 – March 7, 2011 (Europe)
March 10 & 12 - 2011 – (Asia)
March 15, 2011 – April 5, 2011 (Australia) April 27, 2011 – June 1, 2011 (North America)
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OMG Tour was the third concert tour by American recording artist Usher. Visiting North America, Asia, Europe and Australia, the tour accompanies his sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond (2010), as well as his first extended play, Versus (2010). It featured opening acts Miguel and Trey Songz. At the conclusion of 2011, the tour placed seventh on Billboard's annual, "Top 25 Tours", earning nearly $75 million with 73 shows. The OMG Tour: Live From London on was released on October 31, 2011. The show was filmed on February 21, 2011, at The O2 Arena in London, directed by Dick Carruthers.

2014–15 The UR Experience Tour February 26, 2010 – April 10, 2010; July 3, 2010 (North America)
February 27, 2015 – March 26, 2015 (Europe)
June 5, 2015 (Africa)
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The UR Experience was the fifth concert tour by American recording artist Usher. Visiting North American and Europe. Its setlist was composed of a wide array of Raymonds's discography, in addition to new songs "Good Kisser", "She Came to Give it To You", "I Don't Mind" and a medleys of previous hits. August Alsina and DJ Cassidy supported his North American leg. For the European leg he would enlist the African-Norwegian group Nico & Vinz; introducing both to the public during their early careers.[2][3] Yahoo broadcast the show on livestream his concert at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada.

2018 RNB Fridays November 9–17, 2018 (Australia)
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Usher joined by Lil Jon is heading the RNB Fridays Live concerts tour. The tour will start in Perth and will stop in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane along the way before ending in Sydney in mid-November. He'll be joined by Salt-N-Pepa, Trey Songz, Eve, Estelle, Naughty by Nature, Ginuwine, Next, and Fatman Scoop.[4]

Concert specials and festivals[edit]

Year Event Notes
September 7,10 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special The Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special was a 2001 New York City revue show by Michael Jackson. It took place on September 7, 2001 and September 10, 2001.
October 21, 2001 United We Stand: What More Can I Give Raymond performed at the benefit concert led by Michael Jackson held on October 21, 2001 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The concert was the third major concert held in tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The other two were held in New York City.
March 5, 2005 One Night, One Star: Usher Live Showtime broadcast the show during a special titled One Night, One Star: Usher Live: Live in Puerto Rico at José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. Raymond during this concert special brought out special guest Lil Jon, Ludacris, Daddy Yankee, Fat Joe, and Beyoncé to perform a dance routine to "Bad Girl" choreographed by Frank Gatson.
June 6, 2010 Summer Jam Raymond headlined the 2010 Summer Jam concert took place at New Meadowlands Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.[5]
June 6, 2010 Summertime Ball Raymond served as co-headliner the 2010 at the mini-festival Summertime Ball in London that is held each first or second Saturday of June.
July 11, 2011 Essence Music Festival Raymond headlined the 2011 Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
June 11, 2012 Unstaged Raymond performed for American Express Unstaged or Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express, is a series of individual concert films sponsored by American Express.[6]
September 1, 2012 Apple Music Festival Raymond in 2012 opened the Apple Music Festival (formerly known as the iTunes Festival).
September 20, 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival Raymond headlined the second night of the two-day festival held each September since 2011 by iHeartRadio at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. He brought out special guest Chris Brown together the duo performed "New Flame" for the first time. Billboard ranked this performance top of all the events.
February 6, 2015 United Way 90th Anniversary Raymond served as co-headliner with fellow The Voice judge Blake Shelton as part of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 90th Anniversary Celebration performing for an audience of 20,000 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.[7]
June 5, 2015 Mawazine Raymond headlined Mawazine International music festival that takes place annually in Rabat, Morocco featuring many international and local music artists.[8]
July 5, 2015 Essence Music Festival Raymond for the second time headlined the Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his performance he wore a leather jacket that had, "Have we truly achieved our independence?" written on the back and a "Juneteenth" T-shirt with "July Fourth" crossed out.[9]
June 4, 2016 Roots Picnic Raymond headlined the 9th Annual Roots Picnic backed by The Roots at Philadelphia's Penn's Landing.[10]
September 17, 2016 Global Citizen Festival Canada Usher and The Roots headlined the first Global Citizen Canada Concert on September 17. Other performers include Half Moon Run, Metric, Grimes, and Charlotte Cardin.
September 24, 2016 Global Citizen Festival The 2016 festival, was held at Central Park's Great Lawn in New York City on Saturday, September 24, to include performances by headliners Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer and Metallica as well as special guests Usher.
September 24, 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival Raymond is set to headline the festival that will take place on September 23–24, 2016. Artists on the bill included U2, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, Twenty One Pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage The Elephant, Zedd, Tears For Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitfall, and Sting.
October 2, 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix Raymond headlined the F1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix After-Race Concert in Malaysia.
October 16, 2016 Kadena Air Base Usher performed a free concert at Kadena Air Base, in Japan, for a military audience on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.[11]
October 3, 2016 F1 Grand Prix Show Usher and Taylor Swift headlined the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix show in Austin, Texas on Oct. 22-23. Raymond was backed by The Roots.[12]
October 27, 2016 Powerhouse Usher headlined the 2016 Power 105 "Powerhouse" concert at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York. Other artist on the bill include Chance The Rapper, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Bryson Tiller, Wiz Khalifa, Kehlani, Desiigner, Tory Lanez, and Young M.A.[13]
November 8, 2016 The Realshow Usher headlined The 92.3 Realshow concert to took place at The Forum, in Inglewood, California. During the concert he brought out special guest performers Master P and Chris Brown.[14]
December 3, 2016 Hot for the Holidays Usher is set to headline Hot 97's Hot for the Holidays at Prudential Center on December 3. The concert will featuring T.I., Travis Scott, Young Thug, Joey Bada$$, Jidenna, Lil Yachty and Kehlani.[15]
January 6–8, 2017 AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! Three-day music festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Eric Paslay, The Shadowboxes, Clare Dunn, and Flo Rida headlined the events.
March 2–5, 2017 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Usher and The Roots co-headlined the 2017 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival in Florida. Other featured performance are the Kings of Leon, Bassnectar, The Lumineers, Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Solange, Rae Sremmurd, Young The Giant, Porter Robinson (Live), Anderson .Paak and more.[16]
April 29, 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Usher and The Roots performed at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has announced its 2017 lineup. Over 500 acts will perform across 12 stages during the festival's two weekends.
May 24–29, 2017 Soul Beach Festival Usher and The Roots performed May 27 during the 17th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba has announced its star-studded lineup for Memorial Day Weekend, May 24–29, 2017.
July 5, 2017 Montreux Jazz Festival Usher and The Roots performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 5, 2017.
July 6–8, 2017 Openair Frauenfeld Festival Usher and The Roots will perform at the Switzerland's Opener Frauenfeld festival, full lineup for its 2017 weekend, which is set to take place July 6–8 in Frauenfeld, Switzerland. The Weeknd, Nas, G-Eazy, and German artist Cro will headline the festival.
July 15, 2017 Calgary Stampede Usher and The Roots will perform at the 2017 Calgary Stampede at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, July 15.
July 29, 2017 Cincinnati Music Festival Originally, the Ohio Valley Jazz Festival first held in 1962, now called the Cincinnati Music Festival. Mary J. Blige and Usher will headline the event. Other performers include Kem, Fantasia, BBD, Anthony Hamilton and Confunkshun.
July 21, 2018 Special Olympics Chance the Rapper headed the 50th anniversary concert of the Special Olympics. Usher, Jason Mraz, Francis and the Lights, Smokey Robinson, Daya and O.A.R also were on the line up.
December 2, 2018 Global Citizen Festival The 2018 Global Citizen Festival, to be held in Africa, honoring Nelson Mandela. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin and Usher are among the headliners set for the first Global Citizen Festival.[17]

Guest act[edit]

Date Title Notes
1997–98 Share My World Tour Usher and Aaliyah served concert openers for the Share My World tour and the first major headlining tour by American recording R&B artist Mary J. Blige. The tour supports her multi-platinum album Share My World.
1998 The Velvet Rope Tour Raymond, opened for Janet Jackson was the third concert tour.
1998 No Way Out Tour Raymond, opened for the No Way Out Tour.
March 28, 2004 The Verizon Ladies First Tour Beyoncé brought out Usher in Atlanta and the duo did a dancing performance "Naughty Girl" and "Yeah" at Philips Arena.
October 29, 2004 Best of Both Worlds Tour Jay-Z finished Friday night's show with help from Ja Rule, Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown and others was originally planned for R. Kelly.
October 1, 2011 Speak Now World Tour Raymond and Taylor Swift performed "Yeah!" at Philips Arena.
March 30, 2008 So So Def 20th Anniversary Concert Raymond performed his number one hits accredited to Jermaine Dupri. He sang "Confessions", "U Got it Bad", and "Yeah!" with Ludacris and Lil Jon on stage for "Lovers and Friends".
April 19, 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Raymond was brought out as special guest by Pharrell to perform "U Don't Have to Call".
April 13, 2016 Purpose World Tour Raymond performed "U Got it Bad" with Justin Bieber on the Atlanta stop of his concert tour. He also performed "U Don't Have to Call" and "I Don't Mind".
April 25, 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Raymond was brought out as special guest by Major Lazer to perform.
March 28, 2015 Ultra Music Festival Raymond was brought out as special guest by Martin Garrix to perform their record "Don't Look Down".
May 20, 2016 Bad Boy Reunion Tour Raymond performed a dance routine to "U Don't Have to Call" then performing "I Need a Girl (Part One)" with Puff Daddy at Barclays.
May 3, 2017 Party Tour Raymond was brought out as special guest by Chris Brown to perform
August 3, 2017 Dave Chappelle & The Roots: Live From Radio City Raymond was brought out during Dave Chappelle's Radio City residency. Other special guest artists included The Roots, Chris Rock, Erykah Badu, Trevor Noah, Childish Gambino, Big Boy, T.I., Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, and more.[18]

Tribute performances[edit]

Date Event Tribute Artist Performed song(s) Ref.
October 11, 2001 MTV Icon Janet Jackson (dance medley with Mýa and Pink) [19]
September 20, 2002 The Oprah Winfrey Show Luther Vandross "Superstar" [20]
August 31, 2005 2005 World Music Awards Destiny's Child [21]
July 7, 2009 Michael Jackson memorial service Michael Jackson "Gone Too Soon" [22]
January 31, 2010 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Michael Jackson "Earth Song" (with Celine Dion, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson) [23]
November 30, 2011 Grammy Nominations Concert Live Nick Ashford (with Valarie Simpson) [24]
October 11, 2012 We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston Whitney Houston "I Believe in You and Me" [25]
April 18, 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Quincy Jones "Rock with You" [26]
May 1, 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards Michael Jackson "Love Never Felt So Good" [27]
December 30, 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Al Green "Let's Stay Together" [28]
February 8, 2015 57th Annual Grammy Awards Stevie Wonder "If It's Magic" [29]
December 5, 2015 Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert Frank Sinatra "That's Life" [30]
March 5, 2016 2016 BET Honors LA Reid [31]
February 26, 2016 Ray Charles: Tribute In Performance at the White House Ray Charles [32]
June 16, 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis [33]

Performances at award shows[edit]

Date Event City Performed song(s) Ref.
February 27, 1998 1998 Soul Train Music Awards Los Angeles [34]
September 10, 1998 1998 MTV Video Music Awards Los Angeles "My Way" [35]
June 19, 2001 2001 BET Awards Los Angeles "U Remind Me [36]
January 9, 2002 2002 American Music Awards Los Angeles "U Got it Bad" [37]
March 30, 2002 2002 Soul Train Music Awards Los Angeles "U Don't Have to Call" [38]
June 25, 2002 2002 BET Awards Los Angeles "U Don't Have to Call" [39]
August 29, 2002 2002 MTV Video Music Awards New York City "Bad Boy for Life"/"I Need a Girl (Part One)/"I Need a Girl (Part Two)"/"Pass the Courvoisier, Part II" (with P. Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Ginuwine, and Pharrell) [40]
July 1, 2004 2004 BET Awards Los Angeles "Yeah!" (with Lil Jon and Ludacris) [41]
August 29, 2004 2004 MTV Video Music Awards New York City [42]
September 15, 2004 2004 World Music Awards Los Angeles "Yeah!" [43]
November 14, 2004 2004 American Music Awards Los Angeles "My Boo" [44]
September 12, 2010 2010 MTV Video Music Awards Los Angeles [45]
November 21, 2010 2010 American Music Awards Los Angeles "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" [46]
February 13, 2011 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Los Angeles "OMG" [47]
May 20, 2012 2012 Billboard Music Awards Paradise "Scream" [48]
July 1, 2012 2012 BET Awards Los Angeles "Climax" [49]
November 18, 2012 2012 American Music Awards Los Angeles [50]
August 24, 2014 1st iHeartRadio Music Awards Los Angeles "Love Never Felt So Good" [51]
June 29, 2014 2014 BET Awards Los Angeles [52]
August 24, 2014 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Inglewood "She Came to Give It to You" [53]
June 27, 2016 2016 BET Awards Los Angeles "No Limit" (with Young Thug) [54]

Performances at television shows and specials[edit]

Date Event Country Performed song(s) Ref.
1991 Star Search United States "End of The Road" [55]
February 25, 1995 Soul Train United States "Think Of You" [56]
March 18, 1995 All That United States "Think Of You" [57]
November 28, 1997 Chris Rock Show United States "You Make Me Wanna" [58]
December 31, 1997 Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve United States "You Make Me Wanna" [59]
January 17, 1998 All That United States "You Make Me Wanna" [60]
August 12, 1998 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno United States "My Way" [61]
February 2, 2001 Top of the Pops United Kingdom "Pop Ya Collar" [62]
December 16, 2001 Christmas in Washington United States "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (with Mandy Moore) [63]
June 14, 2002 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno United States "U Got It Bad" [64]
Good Morning America United States "U Got it Bad" [65]
May 13, 2004 Jimmy Kimmel Live! United States "Yeah!" [66]
July 16, 2004 Top of the Pops United Kingdom "Burn" [67]
November 19, 2004 Top of the Pops United Kingdom "My Boo" (with Alicia Keys) [68]
September 6, 2007 Fashion Rocks United States (with Mary J. Blige) [69]
May 20, 2008 Dancing With The Stars United States [70]
June 3, 2008 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno United States "Love In This Club [71]
December 3, 2008 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show United States
  • "What's Your Name"
  • Yeah!
  • "This Ain't Sex"
[72]
January 20, 2009 First inauguration of Barack Obama United States "Higher Ground" (with Stevie Wonder and Shakira) [73]
December 20, 2009 Christmas in Washington United States [74]
March 3, 2010 American Idol United States "OMG" [75]
March 29, 2010 Late Show with David Letterman United States "OMG" [76]
March 30, 2010 Good Morning America United States [77]
March 31, 2010 American Idol United States "OMG" [78]
April 1, 2010 The Ellen DeGeneres Show United States "OMG" [79]
April 1, 2010 Lopez Tonight United States "Hey Daddy" [80]
April 2, 2010 CBS Early Show United States "OMG" [81]
June 2, 2010 Lopez Tonight United States "There Goes My Baby" [82]
June 7, 2010 The Graham Norton Show United Kingdom "Lil Freak" [83]
June 10, 2010 The View United States "There Goes My Baby" [84]
August 20, 2010 Good Morning America United States [85]
November 10, 2010 The X Factor UK United Kingdom [86]
February 6, 2011 Super Bowl XLV halftime show United States "OMG" (with The Black Eyed Peas) [87]
May 12, 2012 Saturday Night Live United States [88]
October 24, 2012 The Graham Norton Show United Kingdom "Scream" [89]
December 12, 2012 The Ellen DeGeneres Show United States "Numb" [90]
January 20, 2013 Second inauguration of Barack Obama United States [91]
May 6, 2013 The Voice United States "Superstition" (with Adam Levine) [92]
May 21, 2013 The Voice United States "The Look of Love" (with Michelle Chamuel & Josiah Hawley) [93]
June 10, 2013 The Voice United States "Twisted" [94]
June 17, 2013 The Voice United States "With a Little Help from My Friends" (with Adam Levine, Shakira, and Blake Shelton) [95]
June 17, 2013 The Voice United States "One" (with Michelle Chamuel) [96]
April 29, 2014 The Voice United States "Always on the Run" (with Bria Kelly and Josh Kaufman) [97]
May 12, 2014 The Voice United States "Good Kisser" [98]
May 19, 2014 The Voice United States "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" (with Adam Levine) [99]
September 5, 2014 The Today Show United States [100]
September 9, 2014 Fashion Rocks United States "She Came to Give It to You" [101]
October 19, 2014 The Graham Norton Show United Kingdom "Good Kisser" [102]
December 15, 2015 The Voice United States "Without You" (with Jordan Smith) [103]
January 8, 2016 A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House United States [104]
July 28, 2016 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon United States "Crash" [105]
September 13, 2016 The Ellen DeGeneres Show United States "Crash" [106]
September 21, 2016 Jimmy Kimmel Live! United States "No Limit" [107]
October 24, 2016 "Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience at the White House United States [108]

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