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Nicole Bus went from singing on Instagram to realizing her dream to be a recording star. The R&B artist with the huge sound appeared on NPR Music's Tiny Desk on Tuesday. At 6'1” she made a big impression on the set of Tiny Desk.

Nicole began her set with the melodic "You," before segueing into a new song about women's empowerment, "Love It," then closing with the uptempo "Mr. Big Shot,".

Nicole Bus' sound is reminiscent of vintage R&B, yet still feels current today. Born in the Netherlands and only 30, she was signed to Roc Nation in 2018. Her 2018 single "You" has earned more than 2.8 million views on her YouTube channel.

Visit NPR to hear the full set.

  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    Shes gorge and sounds good but nobody will ever top lizzos tiny desk performance. That was some next level ish to me at least.

  • Guest

    Who?

  • Coy little wink

    I love her voice it's different...You is a banger ?

  • millz

    I’m gonna look that up! Lizzo has been slept on

  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    Facts

  • Karen Brady

    Love her song.

  • She.Is.Not.Ready

    Nobody can top Erykah Badu's...looking like a straight up fairy goddess at the tiny desk! Whew chile that women is not from this planet.

  • Bree

    Nicole who!?

  • oshh16

    Now this artist I kinda like.
    Heard "You" last year and thought it was very cute use of the Wu's C.R.E.A.M and said it must be lovely to feel that way.

  • Yardgirl

    I love that song too!! My first thought was "who dat?" then I listened to clip and recognized it from the radio airplay!! I come on here all the time saying I don't know people and then I hear the song and go "oh i guess I do" LOL

  • SaltineCrackers

    I love her music, but she's a boring performer.

    No matter how much Europeans copy the soul style of Black American Music, the soul is always missing.

  • WhoKnew

    Is this Becky 2.0 wit da good hair that has made grandma BeYonkers age 20 years overnight?

  • Karen Brady

    LOL!!!!!! I thought the same thing first time I heard it... So beautiful! :-).

  • Yardgirl

    And ironically it was just now on the radio!! lol

  • JazzyBossyJen

    I only hear her on Sirius and that one song they do play is kinda dope.

  • KarmaBackAround

    I like her but bought tickets to see her and gucci mane..neither one of them showed up..sooooo so much for that!

  • Capricornlady

    Me thinks shes Becky w/the good hair. LOL

  • Kanyade
  • Blaque Mahogany

    I need to hear her sing something else.

  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    I never seen that one
    Runnin now

  • http://Www.Instagram.com/crazychiques CrazyChiques_KBoogie

    I agree..... #helpmefindsomesoul... ?

  • KcoolMuziq
  • MJF
  • oshh16

    This nigga Antonio Brown is a busta...whew chile from that bama ass hair cut to the diva antics(helmet sit) to the third person referencing.

  • Fire & Ice

    He get on my damn nerves.

  • 9 Mind

    It's legendary!!

  • 9 Mind

    lmao

  • iWasteTime
  • She.Is.Not.Ready
  • oshh16

    Bama fo sho.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Who?? Never mind.. Guess shell be on the lineup for the Superbowl..

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lol

  • davine puddin

    They play this song here in philly. When it was first played radio station was flooded with calls. My co worker all said she sound like Lauren hill and alicia keys love child

  • Renee26

    I like the "You" song

  • She.Is.Not.Ready
  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    just did and OMG

  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    Yes it is i jusr saw it!

  • Facts and Receipts

    At 6'1” she made a big impression on the set of Tiny Desk.
    ^^^^^^^
    Well hell. Lizzo is 5'11 and you aint do a Tiny Desk spotlight on her. Stop fat shaming Sandra.

  • Facts and Receipts

    Fukk this girl and her boss.

    Here go Lizzo on Tiny Desk and she played her flute as she always does.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFiLdByWIDY

  • Coy little wink

    I feel free as a birrrrrd....
    Flying around in the bluuuuee...

    Love it ?

  • KLove

    that boy aint right in the head fam

  • currvalicious

    Right. I've never heard of her or her song. She'll not only be doing halftime bit also JayZ.

  • Nophace

    Damn, what did her and her boss do to you?!? Lol

  • TriniHarlem

    Correct per usual

  • $92471650

    Trash. Song sounds terrible and she sound like a man.

  • EasyBreezy

    Say what? Gucci Mane? Word?

  • Shawty

    She has that Lauren Hill vibe.

  • oshh16

    something is def off.

  • Lovely1

    I loooove this song. Replayed the heck out of it this summer.

  • T Willis

    I’ve been playing the hell outta You. Love, love, love Nicole! Had no idea she was 6ft!

  • T Willis

    I thought she was black—Er—-mixed? You is very soulful...Nicole is very soulful.

  • T Willis

    Not lately... I follow Lizzo on IG and she’s blowing up. Justin Timberlake was in the studio with her & she’s on magazine covers looking bomb asf!

  • Renee Bee

    So......we're not getting a Normani "Motivation" post, huh? https://media0.giphy.com/media/1fd9BVt5KCjd9KFATB/giphy-downsized-medium.gif

  • Fire & Ice

    Yes!!!

  • Dollface

    this is colorism because they're both fat.

  • She.Is.Not.Ready

    ???

  • Li-Wright

    England and the Netherlands seem to output a lot of (light skinned) soul singing sisters. Corinne Bailey, Sada, the list goes on.

  • rockstar2142

    Her tone is very mannish

  • DeeFromLA

    She resembles Blu Cantrell, I don't really dig her sound.

  • the guest

    Biracial and Multiracial soul singers.

  • the guest

    Can totally see her love and respect for Lauryn Hill.

  • the guest

    Very few people can compare to Lizzo.

    Lizzo is a rare musical talent.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    And Blu Ivy .... Gonna make her debut as something for the children... Watch the self centeredness unfold...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Fat shaming???? ??

  • JayBird

    Let me guess....her daddy is African and her mother is German? Next!

  • MsPam

    Her speaking voice is mannish. Nicole, T Boz, and Kandi could start a new male group. ????

  • SaltineCrackers

    The gay basketball player?

  • SaltineCrackers

    She is mixed, but she's Dutch i.e. European. I get more imitation soul from her.

    Edit: Maybe imitation soul is a little harsh.

  • T Willis

    A little ?

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Roc Nation huh? Is this a distraction, cause I'm still focused on Camel.

  • lovelygamour

    babyyyyyyyy. that was awful. like i know what she was trying to do but ..... no dice.

  • lovelygamour

    why is beyonce allowing all these blu cantrell looking women around.

  • Khaliah

    Wow.

  • abby500

    I like her

  • abby500

    Hahaaaaa... but uh yeah

  • SaltineCrackers

    LOL!!

  • SaltineCrackers

    Lol ok

  • Dreamer

    I love me some Nicole Bus. Her voice is incredible and her new song “Mr. Big Shot” is my jammm!!

  • Dreamer

    Love that song.

  • Dreamer

    Didn’t realize she was with Roc Nation. I doubt she lasts long with them. They didn’t know what to do with real talent like Melanie Fiona either.

  • Ayeola George

    LIzzos Tiny Desk set was everything... love how she just ad libbed when she heard the baby... mad talent.

  • Ayeola George

    LIzzos Tiny Desk set was everything... love how she just ad libbed when she heard the baby... mad talent.

  • sunni_daze

    I love this song and her raspy voice.

  • sunni_daze

    I love this song and her raspy voice.

  • KarmaBackAround

    I was so mad!

  • KarmaBackAround

    I was so mad!

  • Logan Roberts

    The radio made me like her song "You" because they played it to death.

  • Logan Roberts

    The radio made me like her song "You" because they played it to death.

  • Maxx

    Damn new respect for Lizzo...she can SANG

  • Maxx

    I really enjoyed me some Melanie Fiona.....Fool for you with Ceelo was my jam!