Hip hop icons The Roots return with their annual Grammy Jam Session
GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum hip hop icons The Roots return with their annual Jam Session.
This year, as part of Citi’s Soundvault Series, the acclaimed event will take place at Live House in Los Angeles leading up to the 2020 GRAMMY Awards on Saturday, January 25th. As with each year, the event is invite only and attendees can expect star-studded live performances by special guests.
For over a decade, The Roots have hosted one of the most anticipated and dynamic pre-Grammy events in LA, produced by their award-winning Tour Manager, Tina Farris. Every year, music’s best and brightest – newcomers and icons alike – pop-up unannounced to jam with the band and treat their audience to intimate, one of a kind performances. The showcases have brought some of the biggest names in music to the audience, and previous performances have included Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran and more.
The legendary Roots Crew have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four GRAMMYS, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.” This brings the band’s GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, has become a celebrated institution. The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone and serve as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Most recently, Black Thought and Questlove executive produced the acclaimed documentary series “Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America” on AMC.
A little facts about the group (Grammy.com)
- Members: Black Thought (Tariq Luqmaan Trotter), Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson), Kamal Gray, F. Knuckles (Francis Nicholls), Captain Kirk Douglas, Tuba Gooding Jr. (Damon Bryson), James Poyser, Mark Kelley
- Formed 1987 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- The band’s second album, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was produced without any samples and became a hit with alternative music fans, earning them a spot at Lollapalooza. The song “You Got Me” helped bolster sales of their fourth album, Things Fall Apart.
- “You Got Me,” recorded with Erykah Badu, earned them their first GRAMMY win for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for 1999. Collaborating with John Legend garnered two more GRAMMY Awards — Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album — for 2010. Five of the band’s albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.
- The band went by several different names before settling on the Roots, including Radio Activity and Black To The Future.
- Legend and the Roots discussed their collaborative covers album Wake Up! at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live in 2010. They later performed selections from the album for an intimate audience of 200. The band also performed a tribute to Lionel Richie at the singer’s MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony in 2016.
- Questlove performed at a benefit concert for Artists for a New South Africa in 2007. The drummer also raised money for Harlem Village Academies in 2010.