The Roots have joined forces with TIDAL and Oculus for their legendary pre-Grammy jam session this year.
Taking place the night before the Grammy Awards on March 13 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, the annual Roots Jam Session will be live-streamed for the first time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
This year’s session will feature one-of-a-kind performances from special guests such as Ari Lennox, Tobe Nwigwe, Ant Clemons, and Emily King as well as Jon Batiste and Brittany Spencer. Kathy Sledge of the legendary, forever floor-filling band Sister Sledge will also make an appearance. The session is produced by Live Nation Urban, ESM Productions, and Tina Farris.
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Musicians Clemons and Batiste are both under the Grammy’s spotlight this year with Clemons’ debut album Happy 2 Be Here nominated for Best R&B Album. While Batiste is currently nominated for Best New Age Album and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his work on the albums Meditations with Cory Wong and Chronology of a Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard respectively.
Exclusively available to stream both live and virtually on the Venues app, viewers can also catch the jam session on TIDAL. Oculus Quest owners can watch here and both TIDAL members and nonmembers can tune in here.
Named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, The Roots serve as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Hosting one of the most highly anticipated pre-Grammy events in LA, the Roots Jam Sessions have welcomed the best and brightest of the industry. Previous featured artists include Miley Cyrus, Jon Legend, and Lenny Kravitz.
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