Late-Night TV Music (About Time Edition) | Feb. 24, 2021

Nwigwe, Celeste & Chloe x Halle are worth celebrating. Pentatonix? Not so much.

Black History Month is almost over. So it’s about time the Late-Night TV Music gods did something to mark the occasion — even if it was totally accidental and completely coincidental.

Let’s start with Houston’s Tobe Nwigwe, whose Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance was historic in a few ways: 1) It marked his late-night debut; 2) It included his timely cover of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes classic Wake Up Everybody, along with the more dynamic and freaky Eat (above); 3) It appeared to take place in some sort of science-fiction film from the ’70s. He wasn’t the only one playing the old-school soul card; that certainly seemed to be the vibe Celeste was going for with her string-sweetened performance of her Golden Globe-nominated number Hear My Voice for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. And could the debut of the ceaselessly amazing Chloe x Halle’s futuristic Ungodly Hour video on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon be anything other than historic? I think not. But as always, there’s one show that didn’t get the memo — and on Wednesday, that was obviously The Late Late Show With James Corden, which swung the musical pendulum all the way to the other end of the spectrum by having Pentatonix sing their new single Coffee In Bed. You couldn’t get whiter if you tried. Note to everyone: Please don’t try.