Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots know how to jam with just about anyone, at The Tonight Show and otherwise. For their annual free concert, the Philly 4th of July Jam, they worked as the house band for top pop acts like Nicki Minaj, Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson and closer Ed Sheeran.
Following the #1 debut of his new album x, Sheeran performed “Sing” as well as his 2011 breakout hit “The A Team.” An hour prior, Minaj was forced to pause her set after a brief scuffle broke out and an officer was tackled. She had kicked it all off with pop hits like “Super Bass” and current single “Pills N Potions,” though based on reports, the majority of the 4th of July Jam spectators had flocked to Philadelphia to see the Pink Print star specifically.
— Nicki Minaj News (@NickiBestSource) July 5, 2014
See highlights from Minaj’s set above, then watch all of the Philly 4th of July performances at VH1. Skip to 13:30 for Aloe Blacc’s set, 32:30 for Jennifer Hudson, 1:05:00 for Nicki Minaj and 1:37:00 for Ed Sheeran. Better yet, sit back and watch the entire broadcast.
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