Watch Jimmy Fallon and Janet Jackson Remix "Runaway" With Classroom Instruments

Janet Jackson, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots performed "Runaway" in a new edition of Classroom Instruments. See the video below.

By kelli boyle Feb 13, 2020 12:14 PMTags
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Jimmy Fallon had quite the iconic guest this week.

For his newest edition of Classroom Instruments, the host recruited none other than Janet Jackson to perform a remix of her classic bop from 1995, "Runaway." Ms. Jackson (if you're nasty) opted to provide only vocals during this remix. As for Fallon, he alternated between playing a wooden block, a drum and throwing coloring scarves around, which gave Jackson a good chuckle.

The various members of The Roots played on rainbow xylophones, hand-held drums, ukeleles, egg shakers, melodicas, kazoos and tambourines, which all made for a magical cover of the classic song.

The group stood in front of a screen that changed backgrounds from blue skies to sunsets and nature landscapes, just like the "Runaway" music video.

The music legend sang most of the song herself while the group of men provided some backup vocals. Later in the song, Questlove sang along with her on the lines "Won't need no compass, love will guide our way" and "No need to hurry, we've got everyday."

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Meanwhile, Fallon entertained himself by throwing up the scarves and catching them on beat.

At the end of the song, the group cheered and Fallon and Jackson shared a big, old hug. You love to see it.

The last installation of Classroom Instruments was in December, when Cats stars Taylor SwiftJames CordenJennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo and Francesca Hayward performed "Memory."

Other stars who have done the segment include the Jonas BrothersShawn MendesAdeleMariah Carey and more.

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Now, check out the video to get all the joy you'll need this Thursday morning.

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