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15 Best Thanksgiving Performances

'Tis the season to stuff yourself and watch concerts on TV. Here are some of the all-time best!
 / November 25, 2014

Stuff Yourself With Turkey AND Tunes

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Thanksgiving: It's a day to stuff yourself comatose with turkey and other fixins, then plop on the couch and watch the holiday proceedings, which are historically rife with song. From New York City's music-filled Macy's Day Parade to the numerous televised concert specials, Thanksgiving is a day for food, family and lots of music. To celebrate, Fuse is looking back at some of the best Turkey Day concerts, including sets from Kanye West, The Roots, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and even John Lennon and Elton John. Check 'em out and prepare for Thursday's stuffapalooza.

Lady Gaga in 2011's "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving"

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Lady Gaga shed her characteristically outlandish attire for a sleek and sexy classic look in this prime-time special, crooning her way to Audrey Hepburn levels of glam.

Kylie Minogue at 2010 Macy's Parade

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Australian sensation Kylie Minogue might be most comfortable on the dance floor, but we think she looks right at home performing in the middle of a parade.

Selena Gomez at 2013 Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

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Selena Gomez headed to her native Dallas, Texas last November to perform at the halftime show for the Cowboys Thanksgiving game. Cloaked in red leather, the 20-something danced amidst cheerleaders and tackled "Like a Champion," "Slow Down" and her then-new single "Come Get It."

The Beach Boys at 2005 Macy's Parade

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For some people Thanksgiving is just a warm-up act for Christmas. Here the legendary Beach Boys perform their holiday tune "Little Saint Nick" on a makeshift stage.

Hall & Oates at 2006 Macy's Day Parade

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This one's for mom and dad! Hall & Oates performed a crystal clear cover of "Home for Christmas" on a decadent float at the Macy's Day Parade. 

John Lennon Joins Elton John's 1974 Thanksgiving Concert at MSG

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Time to go way, way back to the time John Lennon got on stage with Elton John for a Thanksgiving performance for the ages.

Nicki Minaj and Friends 2010 Thanksgiving Concert in NYC

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Throwback! Remember Nicki Minaj's pre-"Anaconda," Barbie days? The pink-wigged princess spent her Thanksgiving in NYC, giving a couple thousand fans the time of their lives.

Ziggy Marley at 2009 Macy's Day Parade

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The master of positive vibes Ziggy Marley performed at the Macy's Day Parade while holding his daughter the entire time. Too cute!

Mariah Carey's 1993 Thanksgiving Special

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Ariana Grande who? Here a young Mariah Carey sits on a stage, gesturing to her fans. Fast forward to the 2:40 mark for an impressive, breathy and lingering note.

Kanye West at 2010 Macy's Day Parade

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Kanye West is known mostly for his rapping, but the guy can hit high notes if given the opportunity. Yeezus proved himself an ace singer by performing "Lost In The World," while riding a Big Apple-themed float.

Gladys Knight at 2010 Macy's Day Parade

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Nothing says Christmas like Gladys Knight's signature voice. Watch the classic (and classy!) chanteuse masterfully sing the feminist anthem "Settle."

Taylor Swift's 2010 Thanksgiving Special

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Before she abandoned her country roots for pop, power and "Blank Space," Taylor Swift performed "The Story of Us" at an intimate roof time show on Thanksgiving.

Jimmy Fallon and the Roots at 2009 Macy's Day Parade

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Jimmy Fallon is not only hysterical, the guy can sing! Fronting his late night band The Roots and harmonizing with Questlove, the comedian sings "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

Ariana Grande at 2013 Macy's Day Parade

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Before Iggy Azalea, before ZeddAriana Grande was struggling to find her voice after her Nickelodeon days. Performing at the 2013 Macy's Day Parade was a step towards super pop stardom. Who would have guessed?

Drake's 2010 Thanksgiving Concert on Fuse

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Last but not least, our man Drake! Four years ago Drizzy hit NYC days before Thanksgiving for the massive, televised concert special Fuse Presents: Drake Live From Radio City Music Hall. Press play and get ready to swoon!

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