Celebrities make the talk show rounds to promote their latest projects, from albums to movies — and even whiskey. They play games, sing songs, shoot short films and surprise their biggest fans to show off their best-loved sides, as well as highlight some hidden talents.
Here are some of the best television appearances of 2018.
Ariana Grande on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
It is no secret that Grande is incredible at celebrity impressions. The pop star took it one step further when she appeared on the Musical Genre Challenge segment on The Tonight Show. Her rendition of Drake‘s “God’s Plan” as a 90’s diva hit had the audience wishing there was a full version. Not to mention her goth-rock version of Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble,” which was totally spot-on.
Cardi B on Saturday Night Live
Pregnancy speculation circulated around Cardi for a while after the “Bodak Yellow” rapper got engaged to Migos’ Offset. The rumors were confirmed during her second performance on SNL. While singing her new hit “Be Careful,” the camera zoomed out and you could see Cardi’s baby bump through her white dress.
Post Malone on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
While Posty topped the Billboard Hot 100 twice with hits “Rockstar” and “Psycho,” he’s remained humble. On The Tonight Show Malone went to his favorite restaurant, Olive Garden, with host Jimmy Fallon where they attempted wine tasting and marveled at the endless supply of free breadsticks and salad.
Paul McCartney on The Late Late Show with James Corden
In perhaps the most iconic “Carpool Karaoke” segment, McCartney drove around his hometown of Liverpool with host James Corden. The Beatle stopped at some iconic locations, including Penny Lane (which inspired a song of the same name) and his childhood home. He even performed a surprise show at a pub.
BTS on The Tonight Show
BTS showcased their extraordinary dance skills when they joined Fallon for the Fortnite Dance Challenge. The boyband had to mimic the dance moves of the game characters, outdoing the avatars a few times.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt on The Late Late Show with James Corden
To promote Mary Poppins Returns, Miranda and Blunt joined host Corden for a musical-inspired roll call. The stars had to sing and dance their way through 22 musicals in 12 minutes. With quick costume changes and a transformative backdrop, they covered classics from shows including Evita, The Wizard of Oz and Singing in the Rain.
The Voice coaches on The Tonight Show
Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton performed a medley of their hits with Jimmy Fallon and band The Roots. The a capella mashup included classics like “She Will Be Loved,” “Spotlight,” “I’ll Name the Dogs,” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”
Bonus: Bob Dylan on The Tonight Show
The legendary singer-songwriter doesn’t really do late night. And while Dylan remained silent for the duration of this segment and was only there to promote his Heaven’s Door whiskey, it was still one of the most memorable television appearances of 2018.