Taj Farrant took The Ellen DeGeneres Show by storm on Wednesday with his electrifying performance of Guns N Roses’ “Sweet Child Of Mine.” The 9-year-old Australian guitar prodigy tore through Slash’s iconic guitar solo on the show, bringing host Ellen DeGeneres and the audience to their feet in applause.
From singers and rappers to violinists and one unforgettable yodeler, the veteran talk show host has had a plethora of talented child musicians on her show over the years. Check out Billboard’s list of 16 other kids whose memorable performances went viral.
Perhaps one of Ellen’s greatest success stories, Greyson Chance was discovered by the talk show host as a shaggy-haired sixth-grader back in 2010 when his cover of “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga went viral on YouTube. Now 21, the singer-songwriter just released his second full-length LP, portraits, and is Billboard Pride’s current Artist of the Month.
Sophia Grace and Rosie
Back in 2011, cousins Sophia Grace, 8, and Rosie, 5, flew all the way from England to perform their showstopping cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Superbass.” The talk show host then surprised the two girls by trotting out the Queen Barbie herself to duet on the song.
This precocious child piano prodigy first appeared on Ellen in 2014. By her second appearance, she had enrolled in the Juilliard School and performed at Carnegie Hall twice, all before turning 10. Aside from performing Rachmaninoff and composing her own music, Harmony is also a world chess champion.
Like other musical prodigies on this list, this young cellist has also played at Carnegie Hall. In his 2014 appearance on Ellen, he performed “Hungarian Rhapsody” and “Smooth Criminal.”
Back in 2013, this pint-sized crooner went viral with his adorable cover of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” Since then, he’s become a regular guest on the talk show, delivering passionate performances of songs like “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, “Roar” by Katy Perry and “Thinking Out Loud” with a surprise appearance by Ed Sheeran.
Dave and Claire Crosby
This father-daughter duo have performed multiple times on Ellen after a video of three-year-old Claire singing “A Part Of Your World” from The Little Mermaid went viral in 2016. Since then Claire, now 6, and her dad have covered songs like Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha’s “Meant To Be,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story and “Tomorrow” from Annie on the show.
Kid yodeler Mason Ramsey had already achieved sudden fame when he appeared on Ellen after a video of the 11-year-old yodeling inside an Illinois Walmart went viral. He took to the Ellen stage in 2018 for a repeat performance of Hank Williams Sr.’s “Lovesick Blues.”
Eight-year-old Finley Watkins stopped by Ellen in 2017 to teach the talk show host the difference between an Elvis impersonator and a tribute artist — he’s the latter because “there’s only one Elvis and there’s only one true King” — and perform a cover of “Blue Suede Shoes.”
In 2013, eight-year-old British wunderkind Alma Deustcher appeared on Ellen to perform Schubert’s “The Bee.” She also composes operas, (her first orchestration came to her in a dream), writing the music for an entire orchestra of violins, viola, cellos, piano and timpani.
In September, Ellen invited 11-year-old Feng E to visit the show after a video of the boy playing ukulele on the streets of Taiwan. Through an interpreter, the viral sesation explained that his father first made him learn the instrument because his fingers weren’t flexible.
In 2018, 10-year-old Bri’Anna Harper wowed Ellen and the audience with her pitch-perfect a capella cover of “Who’s Loving You” by The Jackson 5. Dressed sweetly in polka dots, the singer revealed she prefers the “classics” of the 1960s, ’80s and ’90s to today’s Top 40.
Plenty of piano prodigies have performed on Ellen, but 13-year-old Lydian took things a step further by playing Mozart while blindfolded. The Indian teenager has also developed the talent to play two different songs — in different time signatures — on two pianos at once!
In 2018, pint-sized rapper Young Dylan returned to the show after multiple appearances in previous years to perform his energetic cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” He’s also channeled Meek Mill’s “Uptown Vibes,” Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” and more on the talk show’s stage.
Justin Wilson II
Now four years old, Justin Wilson II has been playing the drums since he was just 18 months old. In February, Ellen invited the smiley boy drummer on the show to perform the Lenny Kravitz classic “Fly Away.”
Dressed in frilly pink polka dots and pearls, adorable five-year-old Sophie Fatu appeared on Ellen in 2018 to deliver a cover of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon.” But shh, don’t tell anyone. According to the little singer, Frank Sinatra is “a secret.”
In 2016, DJ Livia took over as Ellen’s in-house DJ, spinning tunes and showing off her scratching skills for an episode. The kid DJ is also one of the faces of Ellen’s line of kids clothing with Gap, designed to empower young with messages of confidence and positivity.