WATCH: John Mayer Breaks 20-Month Vocal Silence at Benefit Show

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It's been nearly two years (20 months) since John Mayer last performed live publicly, but at a benefit show for firefighters in Montana on Wednesday, the multi-talented musician took the stage and sang for the first time since a very public battle granulomas on his vocal cords and two surgeries. Mayer had to scrap his entire tour last because of surgery, but he announced before performing that he has made significant progress.

WATCH: Sandy Hook Choir & Ingrid Michaelson Sing 'Over the Rainbow'

Children who survived last month's shooting rampage at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School have recorded a version of "Over the Rainbow" to raise money for charity.

Twenty-one children from Newtown, Conn., performed the song Tuesday with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson on ABC's Good Morning America. Most of them are current and former students of the school, where 20 first-graders and six staff members were killed.

WATCH: No Doubt Makes Cameo on 'Portlandia'

After helping Jimmy Kimmel earlier in the week claim his new time slot, No Doubt made a brief appearance—albeit sans music—Friday night on IFC's Portlandia. The episode, titled "Nina's Birthday," centers around Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's gender role-reversed couple Lance and Nina. For her birthday, Lance surprises Nina with a pair of horses and a hot air ballon cameo from Gwen, Tony, Adrian and Tom (aka No Doubt).

WATCH: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Reveal Two New Songs Live

As part of a series of hints that they are about to release a new album, Yeah Yeah Yeahs premiered two new songs at a Pamona, Calif., show. The career-spanning performance at the 800-capacity Glass House was a rare sighting of the band, which is preparing for an upcoming Australian tour.

WATCH: 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Asks Pedestrians About Fake Oscar Nominations

Jimmy Kimmel Live! made the move this week to 11:35 p.m. going head-to-head for the first time with Jay Leno and David Letterman, actually beating the latter in the ratings. With guests like Jennifer Aniston and Ryan Gosling, host Jimmy Kimmel had a great week. In the clip below, the show asks people on the street their opinion of this week's Oscar nominations—except the nominees they are given are all fake. Somehow they still have opinions to give...

WATCH: Zedd's New Video For 'Clarity' Featuring Foxes

Germany's EDM marvel Zedd is proving he's definitely one to watch this year with the release of his latest video "Clarity" feat. Foxes. The video for his album's title track, which is directed by Jodeb (Cypress Hill, Porter Robinson, Deftones), features a blend of chaotic and explosive abstract visuals melded with towering sand dunes, vast caverns and American muscle cars. We're also kind of obsessed with the voice of Foxes—named one of our 2012 FutureSounds.

WATCH: Local Natives Debut New Songs From 'Hummingbird'

Local Natives shared on Friday a very special live session featuring new songs off of their highly anticipated sophomore release, Hummingbird. The performance, which took place on public radio station KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, has been made available via NPR. Recorded at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios in front of a live audience, the set includes new single "Breakers," and seven previously unheard tunes: "Heavy Feet," "Ceilings," "Colombia," "Black Spot," "Bowery," "Three Months" and "You and I."

WATCH: 'Community' Does 'The Hunger Games'

With less than a month until Community's season four premiere, fans have another first look in the form of a short clip. In this two-minute preview, Greendale's registration system is hacked and the students will have to vie for highly coveted slots in a class titled "History of Ice Cream"—Hunger Games style of course.

WATCH: Jessie Ware Performs 'Running' at BRIT Awards Nominations

The BRIT Awards announced this year's nominees on Thursday. On hand to receive two nominations, British soul singer Jessie Ware also performed at the event. This year's BRITs saw Emeli Sandé lead with four nominations. Mumford and Sons, Rita Ora and Mercury Prize winner Alt-J all received three nominations, while Ben Howard, Rihanna, Coldplay, Muse, Paloma Faith, Plan B and Olly Murs all join Ware with two nods each. Amy Winehouse has also received a posthumous award for best British female. The full list of nominations can be seen on the official BRITs website.

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