Drake to Host 'SNL' in January

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The rapper will also appear as the musical guest

It's official: Drake will join Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and many more as musicians who have hosted "Saturday Night Live."

When the NBC sketch comedy show returns in the new year Jan. 18, the rapper will take the reins as both host and musical guest, the show confirmed on-air Saturday night (Dec. 21) during its Christmas episode with Jimmy Fallon and Timberlake.

It won't be the first appearance for Drake on "SNL." He guested on the show in October 2011 for the "SNL" Halloween episode, backing up Anna Faris and starring in two different sketches in addition to his musical guest duties.

Drake, born Aubrey Graham, comes from an acting background, having first risen to prominence as a part of the cast of "Degrassi: The Next Generation" and more recently appearing in a cameo in "Anchorman 2."