'NBC Nightly News' Anchor Lester Holt's Best Musical Moments

Lester Holt plays with The Roots on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

Lester Holt plays with The Roots on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

While Brian Williams will stay with NBC News following his suspension, the Nightly News anchor chair officially belongs to Williams' replacement, Lester Holt, NBC announced on Thursday (June 18).

Brian Williams to Stay at NBC, But Lester Holt Keeps 'Nightly News'

"Lester has done outstanding work for NBC News over the last ten years, and he's performed remarkably well over the last few months under very tough circumstances," Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, said. "He's an exceptional anchor who goes straight to the heart of every story and is always able to find its most direct connection to the everyday lives of our audience. In many ways, television news stands at a crossroads, and Lester is the perfect person to meet the moment."

But Holt isn't just a newsman, he's a musician too -- a point he has showcased multiple occasions, touting his skills as a bass player. 

In light of Holt's now-permanent role, we present his best musical moments:

  1. 7

    Lester jams with Earth, Wind & Fire

  2. 6

    Lester plays with musicians at a Brooklyn bed and breakfast

  3. 5

    Lester speaks Boyz II Men lyrics

  4. 4

    Lester featured in Making Music magazine as "Lester the Bass Player"

    The feature begins, "Though Holt didn’t come from a very musical family, he had a strong desire to learn the upright bass from the first time he heard one. "I first heard a bass at an assembly in junior high," he explains. "I thought, 'What’s that instrument? It sounds so cool.'" Read the feature in full here.

  5. 3

    Lester makes a Spotify playlist for the Today show

    "It may be the hardest assignment I've been given in years," he wrote, "because my iPod contains about two dozen playlists that represent virtually every type of music, from opera to country, with a mood or environment to match each one."

  6. 2

    Lester sits in with The Roots on "The Tonight Show"

  7. 1

    Lester "performs" Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" with Brian Williams


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