In need of some new sad songs to get you through tough times? What about an unthinkable falsetto you can only dream of replicating in your shower? Sam Smith has got you covered. The 21-year-old Brit is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and if you want to impress your friends by rattling off facts about an artist everyone will be talking out before his major television appearance, we suggest you study up.
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Imagine Dragons made their Saturday Night Live debut last night with host Melissa McCarthy. Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg and Stefon might have guested on Seth Meyer‘s last Weekend Update, but Imagine Dragons had a surprise guest of their own. Kendrick Lamar snuck on stage during their performance of “Radioactive” to rekindle some of their Grammy night mash-up magic.
Bastille made their Saturday Night Live debut last night. Host Jonah Hill introduced the British rock band on stage to perform their popular singles, “Pompeii,” and their ballad, “Oblivion.” All in all, the band gave two fantastic performances. If American audiences didn’t know the group (which is poised to be America’s new favorite band) before last night, they definitely have no excuse not to be fans now.
Drake is no stranger to taking the Saturday Night Live stage, but last night the rapper and singer pulled double duty as host and musical guest. Drake not only killed it with soulful, stripped-down and rearranged versions of “Started From The Bottom,” “Trophies,” “Hold On We’re Going Home,” and “From Time,” but he also managed to fit right in with the Saturday Night Live cast.
Kings of Leon returned to the Saturday Night Live stage last night with host John Goodman. The Nashville-based rock band kept their performances of “Temple” and “Wait For Me” surprisingly low key. While most recent musical guests have sought to dazzle or provoke with their performances (think Lady Gaga and R. Kelly‘s sex push ups), the guys of Kings of Leon kept it simple and let their music make the statement.
One Direction returned to the Saturday Night Live stage last night to perform two songs off of their new album, Midnight Memories. The guys not only set hearts aflutter during their performances, but they also might have made a fan out of last night’s Saturday Night Live host, Paul Rudd. Or at least they did in a pre-recorded sketch…
HAIM made their Saturday Night Live debut last night and won the crowd at Studio 8H over with killer performances of “The Wire” and “Don’t Save Me.” Oh, and they also popped up in a 1980s music-themed sketch where host Josh Hutcherson lip synched along with Outfield and HAIM rocked out with a keytar.
Eminem took to the stage with Rick Rubin on Saturday Night Live last night (with host Kerry Washington) to perform his new single, “Berzerk.” While the theme of the song might be about going crazy and cutting loose–and while the tune itself might harken back to the classic days of raw hip hop–is it possible that Eminem phoned in his performance? Some viewers thought Marshall Mathers wasn’t spitting rhymes so much as he was lip synching them.
Edward Norton might have been hosting Saturday Night Live, but last night Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center was invaded by an “Electric Lady.” Janelle Monáe was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and the soulful songstress dazzled the audience and danced her socks off with performances of “Dance Apocalyptic” and “Electric Lady.”
Miley Cyrus was the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live last night. Cyrus gamely lampooned the Tea Party in the night’s sketches, but then she shocked everyone with her musical performances. How? Because she didn’t do anything shocking! Instead of twerking on teddy bears or making out with a hammer, Miley sang an emotional “Wrecking Ball” with a full backing band and did a beautiful acoustic version of “We Can’t Stop.”