‘SNL’ Recap: 'Hunger Games' Stars Parody Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space,’ Kendrick Lamar Performs 'i' & More

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Kendrick Lamar, Woody Harrelson and Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live on November 13, 2014.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar made his second appearance as musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 15, performing his feel-good single “i” and following up with Jay Rock’s “Pay For It.” 

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Host Woody Harrelson kicked off his monologue by poking fun at the title of Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989.

“It was 25 years almost to the day since the first time I hosted Saturday Night Live in 1989,” Harrelson said, noting that Swift’s new album is also called 1989. “But with all due respect to Ms. Swift, I think I know a little bit more about 1989 than she does -- even if the memories are a little fuzzy, because of the drugs.”

From there, Harrelson was handed an acoustic guitar and broke into a parody of Swift’s new song “Blank Space” -- referencing everything from his role on Cheers to drinking “a million beers” and using cocaine -- before being interrupted by his Hunger Games co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. A few moments later, Jennifer Lawrence walked onto the stage and Harrelson jokingly mistook her for Swift.

“I can’t believe it, the real Taylor Swift right here!” Harrelson exclaimed. “Woody, I’m not Taylor Swift, I’m Jennifer. We’ve done at 10 Hunger Games movies together,” she replied.

The monologue ended with Harrelson, Hutcherson, Hemsworth and Lawrence joining forces for their own version of Swift’s “Blank Space.” 

Later in the show, Lamar took the stage for an energetic performance of his new single “i” while wearing a white T-shirt and black contact lenses. For his second performance, Lamar was joined by his Black Hippy collaborator Jay Rock for a rendition of their collaborative track “Pay For It.”

Lamar also made a cameo during a hilarious comedy sketch that spoofed Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s new duets album, Cheek to Cheek. During a mock advertisement for an album titled Young Tarts & Old Farts, Lamar appears alongside a confused looking Barry Manilow. Other collaborations on the set included Ariana Grande and Lionel Richie; B.B. King and Meghan Trainor; Sam Smith and James Taylor; Lorde and Miley Cyrus, and others.

Saturday Night Live returns on Nov. 22 with host Cameron Diaz. Joining the actress will be music producer Mark Ronson and Bruno Marsas the musical guests. The pair collaborated on "Uptown Funk," which is Ronson's first single from his forthcoming album.


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