Last night, American Express brought together a powerhouse of soul, hip-hop and R&B. In another installment of American Express' Unstaged concert series, The Roots and John Legend hit the stage at Terminal 5 in New York City, celebrating their collaborative new cover album, "Wake Up," which was released on Tuesday.
Directed by the icon of film, Spike Lee, the performance was live streamed worldwide. The Roots and Legend ripped through legendary songs like 1969's "Compared To What" by Eugene McDaniels, 1973's "I Can't Write Left Handed" by Bill Withers and "Little Ghetto Boy" popularized by the late, great Donny Hathaway. Legend didn’t disappoint, also singing his big hits like "Green Light" and "Ordinary People."
London's own Estelle performed The Roots' biggest hit, "You Got Me." Common and Melanie Fiona rocked out for a powerful performance of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody," the album’s title track and first single.
But, the moment that brought the house down was a slim and trim Jennifer Hudson belting out a pitch-perfect version of Walter Hawkins' "Be Grateful." Even John Legend had an amazed look on his face. Hudson's otherworldly vocals took over Terminal 5. Plus, as the new spokesperson for Weight Watchers, she proved she is keeping the weight off.
Other celebrities in attendance were Josh Groban and Kanye West, who unfortunately didn’t grab a mic.
"Wake Up" by John Legend and The Roots is in stores now.