Music on TV this week: CHVRCHES; Willie Nelson; Lukas Nelson; Kate Tempest; salute to Prince; the Killers

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Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre
Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. Video of the concert was streamed live by The Current. (Andy Witchger for MPR)

Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. We'll also post videos of performances as the week progresses.

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This week's schedule


Programming from hosts' and artists' homes continues this week. Look for a performance on Monday from Willie Nelson together with sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; the 4/20 thing is probably coincidental, right? Later in the week, look for performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon by Kate Tempest (Wednesday) and CHVRCHES (Friday), the latter of whom recently inked a lucrative song-placement contract with Netflix's Elite.

On Tuesday, CBS hosts Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, featuring Beck; Gary Clark Jr.; Common; Earth, Wind, & Fire; Foo Fighters; H.E.R.; Juanes; John Legend; Chris Martin; Morris Day and The Time; Princess; Sheila E.; St. Vincent; Mavis Staples; Miguel; the Revolution; and Usher, with special appearances by FKA Twigs, Fred Armisen, Jimmy Jam, Misty Copeland and Naomi Campbell. Maya Rudolph hosts.

And Lukas Nelson fans will enjoy two helpings of the singer-songwriter this week, as PBS music mainstay Austin City Limits will air its encore of an all-Texas show from November 2018, featuring sets of music by Lukas Nelson and by Kacey Musgraves. Look for that starting Saturday, April 25.

Here's the rundown. Check your local listings for broadcast times (schedule subject to change).

Monday, April 20


Willie, Lukas and Micah Nelson, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS) | Watch Lukas Nelson's SXSW set, 2018

Megan Thee Stallion (interview), The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Snoop Dogg (interview), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

Andrea and Matteo Bocelli, The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)

Tuesday, April 21

Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince (CBS)

Meghan Trainor, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Melanie C, The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)

Wednesday, April 22

Kate Tempest, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Alec Benjamin, The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)

Thursday, April 23


- none to report -

Friday, April 24


CHVRCHES, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) | Watch CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre 2018

Dixie Chicks, The Ellen DeGeneres Show; note: rerun from March 16 | Dixie Chicks announce first album in 14 years, Gaslighter, share title track, March 4

Bad Bunny, The Late Late Show with James Corden; note: rerun from March 3 (CBS)

Saturday, April 25


The Killers, CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions (CBS)

Kacey Musgraves; Lukas Nelson, Austin City Limits; note: encore from Nov. 10, 2018 (PBS)
Review and photos: Kacey Musgraves at the Palace Theatre, 2019
Lukas Nelson on staying home and focusing on the music, March 31


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External Links

Today - NBC
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - NBC
Late Night with Seth Meyers - NBC
A Little Late with Lilly Singh - NBC
Saturday Night Live - NBC

Jimmy Kimmel Live! - ABC
The View - ABC
Good Morning America - ABC

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - CBS
The Late Late Show with James Corden - CBS
The Talk - CBS
CBS This Morning - CBS
CBS Sunday Morning - CBS

Independent Lens - PBS
Austin City Limits - PBS

Watch What Happens Live - Bravo
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Comedy Central
Busy Tonight - E!
Conan - TBS
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - TBS

The Ellen DeGeneres Show - network varies; check local listings
The Real - network varies; check your local listings
Live with Kelly and Ryan - network varies; check your local listings
The Wendy Williams Show - network varies; check your local listings

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  • Willie Nelson on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'
    Willie Nelson performing on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' on September 19, 2018. (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)
  • Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince
    'LET'S GO CRAZY: THE GRAMMY SALUTE TO PRINCE' features a lineup of all-star artists paying tribute to Prince's unprecedented influence on music (Monty Brinton/CBS)
  • Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince
    Mavis Staples and the Revolution's Wendy Melvoin perform on the special, 'Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince,' airs Tuesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. Central on the CBS Television Network and streaming on CBS All Access. (Monty Brinton/CBS)
  • Kate Tempest press photo
    Kate Tempest released 'The Book of Traps and Lessons' on Republic Records/American Recordings on June 14, 2019. (courtesy Chuff Media)
  • Dixie Chicks in concert
    Emily Strayer, Natalie Maines, and Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks perform onstage in Cincinnati on June 1, 2016, for the DCX World Tour MMXVI. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for PMK)
  • The Killers performing remotely for CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions
    The Killers' latest album, 'Imploding the Mirage,' will be out in May 2020. In a performance for CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions, the Killers' Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci debuted the song 'Blowback' from the new album. (CBS News)
  • Kacey Musgraves performs on 'Austin City Limits'
    Kacey Musgraves performing on 'Austin City Limits' on PBS, originally aired Nov. 10, 2018. (courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton)
  • Lukas Nelson performs on 'Austin City Limits'
    Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real perform on 'Austin City Limits' on PBS, originally aired Nov. 10, 2018. (courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton)