In support of her forthcoming LP The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj has kicked her promo game into action! Her latest venture was on Saturday Night Live tonight (December 6), hosted by funny-man James Franco. This marks the second appearance for Minaj, who was a musical guest back in 2011 (who could forget that awesome “Creep” digital short?).
For the rapper’s latest spot on SNL, she performed her current single “Bed Of Lies” alongside guest artist Skylar Grey. After that, she did a medley of “Only” and “All Things Go.” Minaj also acted in various sketches — including a ***Flawless portrayal of Beyonce in “MTV Jingle Ballerz” and Kim Kardashian in “Weekend Update,” where she discussed that infamous booty picture!
Watch Nicki Minaj’s performance of “Bed Of Lies” up top. Then, catch the medley and her acting chops after the jump! More »
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars may be excited for their upcoming performance on Saturday Night Live, but the duo seem a little unprepared — well, at least in the new promo clip starring Cameron Diaz! The actress tries to show the two musicians the ropes when it comes to comedic timing, but her lesson ultimately fails and she ends up storming off the stage. Maybe they should just stick to music?
Ronson and Mars will perform their awesome single, “Uptown Funk” on the show’s stage. The song comes from the DJ/producer’s forthcoming album, Uptown Special (to be released on January 27). Look out for the duo’s performance when the episode of Saturday Night Live airs on November 22 at 11:30 p.m. EST! More »
Next month is looking pretty good for Saturday Night Live! The sketch show has announced Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX and One Direction as the special guest performers for the upcoming December episodes.
Charli XCX’s appearance will mark her first time on the show on December 13, with Martin Freeman as the host. As for Minaj, the “Bed Of Lies” rapper was featured back in 2011 where she performed “Right Thru Me,” “Moment For Life” and the awesome “The Creep” digital short.”
Look out for her guest spot on December 6 with James Franco taking on hosting duties for the third time, and catch One Direction on December 20 for their second appearance on the show with actress Amy Adams. More »
Woody Harrelson first hosted Saturday Night Live in 1989, during the sketch comedy show’s second stint led by original director Dave Wilson. (David Byrne was the musical guest.) So to celebrate his return, the actor rewrote Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” to prove that he remembers more of 1989 than the pop superstar ever could, despite her new album title. Bless him, he tried: “Thought I met Margaret Thatcher / but it was Saddam Hussein / Then I got a blank space, baby / ’cause I used to do cocaine.”
Harrelson then brought out fellow castmates from the Hunger Games franchise (the latest of that series, Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, hits theaters November 21), though they weren’t much help to him. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth weren’t born yet. Plus, despite what the Cheers goofball thought, the woman who joined them on stage wasn’t Taylor Swift, but Jennifer Lawrence. More »
As seen with his ’70s-inspired “i” visual, Kendrick Lamar definitely has a playful side! It was shown in the new promotional clip for this week’s Saturday Night Live, which will be hosted by Woody Harrelson. The first part shows cast member Kate McKinnon confusing Lamar for Matthew McConaughey, while the next has the rapper hitching a piggyback ride from the Oscar-winning actor.
Lamar will be performing “i,” off his highly-anticipated sophomore LP, on SNL on November 15. No word on the second song choice, but hopefully the rapper will premiere something new! More »
Taylor Swift can draw a wide-ranging crowd to her sold-out arena shows. “Even at a Justin Bieber show — even at a women’s-studies seminar — you won’t find as pronounced a female-to-male ratio, nor such a wide age range: toddlers and teens and tweens and their moms, for sure, but also college co-eds, and grandmothers, and rowdy thirtysomething office workers, like the gals who sat in the row behind me, passing a flask of booze,” Jody Rosen, then New York magazine pop music critic, wrote last year.
According to Saturday Night Live, however, some may still have a tough time admitting to themselves that yes, they actually love 1989 and “Shake It Off” and all that. In the above sketch, “Swiftamine,” that is actually the new leading cause for vertigo among adults like guest host Chris Rock. “Your frontal lobe says, ‘Oof. Taylor Swift. She’s always wearing, like, a 1950s bathing suit,’” a medical professional says. “But your ears say, ‘Shut up. This is a perfect song.’” More »
Prince‘s performance on Saturday Night Live has been highly anticipated and tonight (November 1), the musician showed the audience just what makes him so legendary. This marked his third appearance on the show (which was hosted by Chris Rock), and the first since 2006.
He made history by entertaining the audience with a medley of four songs — “Clouds” (performed with UK singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas), “Plectrumelectrum,” “Marz” and “Another Love.” The 8-minute long set was the first for the sketch show’s 40-year run. Rocking his signature afro and three-framed sunglasses, Prince and his band members rocked the crowd with a stadium-sized energy that was filled with electric guitar riffs, funky piano melodies and hard-hitting drums. More »
Over the weekend, Iggy Azalea made her debut on the Jim Carrey-hosted Saturday Night Live. The diva took to the legendary stage to perform her current hits: a medley of “Fancy” and the Rita Ora-assisted “Black Widow,” and “Beg For It” — her latest song with Danish singer MØ.
Azalea held her own with confidence and ease, but it was MØ’s feature that had everyone talking — but not in a good way. In our recap of the night’s performance, we wrote: “…Iggy returned to the stage for the live introduction of her catchy, very “Fancy”-sounding follow-up “Beg For It”, joined toward the end by MØ, who…well, seemed to experience some technical difficulties.” MØ has since apologized on Twitter.
Did other critics enjoy the rapper’s performance? Find out after the jump! More »
Maddie Ziegler made a big impression with her starring role in Sia‘s “Chandelier” video. The way that the pre-teen dancer (of Dance Moms) flitted through the clip’s dingy setting, in that flesh-toned leotard and platinum bob modeled after Sia’s own, has led to the most high-profile press cycle that the in-demand pop songwriter has experienced in her entire career. (See the reenactments on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Dancing with the Stars for proof.)
Last night (October 25), Sia’s “Chandelier” video was spoofed by none other than Saturday Night Live. One skit, “Costume Party,” was essentially an elaborate excuse for guest host Jim Carrey, regular Kate McKinnon and, yes, musical guest Iggy Azalea dress up like Ziegler and recreate her routine. The skit didn’t have any other point, and its timing feels slightly off, though it’s tough to blame SNL for not wanting to leave “Chandelier” alone. After all, Ziegler just made it all look like so much fun. More »
Happy Saturday night! It’s been a H-U-G-E year for The I-G-G-Y herself, Miss Iggy Azalea, and she’s already reloading for another round with the release of her forthcoming The New Classic re-release, Reclassified. Accordingly, it was only natural that the Aussie rapper would hit the stage of Saturday Night Live to put in work (work, work, work) to promote her upcoming release.
Donning a “WHO DAT WHO DAT” jacket, Iggy kicked off the night’s first performance with a little bit o’ “Fancy,” only to then be joined by her “Black Widow” partner in crime Rita Ora, who came in for that catchy hook. And later in the night, Iggy returned to the stage for the live introduction of her catchy, very “Fancy”-sounding follow-up “Beg For It”, joined toward the end by MØ, who…well, seemed to experience some technical difficulties. Check out the performance of “Black Widow” up top, and catch her live premiere of “Beg For It” after the jump. More »