Taylor Swift performs emotional song for Jimmy Fallon

On Monday evening, Jimmy Fallon made an emotional return to The Tonight Show following a week-long hiatus from his late-night slot after his mum Gloria's passing, and Taylor Swift was there to make the hard time a little sweeter with a moving rendition of "New Year's Day". Seated at a piano, Swift demanded attention with the introspective and emotional tune. Mike DiCenzo, a writer/producer on The Tonight Show, shared his thoughts on the show and performance.

She died on November 4 with Fallon at her bedside along with other family members. "'I love you.' I just knew we were in trouble".

"When we were little, my mom would walk us to the store, me and my sister", Fallon said. "I'm telling you, going through her things, it's an example of how much she loved life".

He recalled his last moment with his mother, saying, 'And... last week I was in the hospital, and I grabbed her and squeezed I love you.

Daly - whose stepfather Richard Caruso died five after Pattie's death - shared similar sweet memories of his mother when he returned to Today on October 4.

She was not scheduled to perform but was there to support the television host.

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"Hold on to your memories, they will hold on to you", Taylor sang. I almost gasped. Tears. Thank you for watching, thank you for helping me and my family recover from this loss.

"That hug between Jimmy and Taylor after the song was 100 percent real emotion", he said. "I wanted to send deepest wishes to Jimmy and your family from mine and also all of us at the Today show".

"As some of you know, my mother, Gloria, passed away recently", a very emotional Fallon said at the top of his broadcast on Monday.

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