Saturday Night Live has been spot-on with landing some serious talent as musical guests since The Weeknd performed on the season premiere of the late-night sketch show on Oct. 1. Not only have huge names like Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga graced the SNL stage in Season 42, but the show has also had some of music’s “next big things” like Maren Morris, Solange and Chance the Rapper as of late.
Following Sheeran’s performance on Feb. 11, the show is taking a two-week break, returning with host Octavia Spencer on March 4. With the musical guest still TBA, we couldn’t help thinking which artists we’d like to see on SNL ?this season and beyond.
Take a look at our SNL wish list below and see if you agree.
Her new single “Chained To the Rhythm” has people bopping around the world, and it likely means there’s more new music on the way later this year. Considering it’s been more than three years since she’s performed on SNL (her last appearance was tied to her Prism album release in Oct. 2013), it seems like a great set-up for Perry to break that.
The singer-songwriter/rapper behind the Billboard Hot 100 hit “All Time Low” has proved he’s quite the dynamic performer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show, so he’d make for a fun live-television performance. Plus, he’s a Long Island, NY, native — SNL could hardly get more convenient than that.
?With “Bad and Boujee” burning up the Hot 100 (back-and-forth fighting for the top spot with Sheeran’s “Shape of You”) and four other simultaneous appearances on the chart — not to mention a chart-topping sophomore album just released on Jan. 27 — now is the perfect time for SNL to capitalize on the blazin’ hot rap group.
The country star just landed his seventh No. 1 song on country radio with “Star of the Show,” he’s kicking off a massive North American tour on Feb. 23, and he just announced that his wife, Lauren, is pregnant with their first child (and they’re adopting another from Africa). Why not put the cherry on top of an already eventful year with his first-ever SNL performance?
His heartfelt love song “Say You Won’t Let Go” is getting him back on the radar after a three-year gap between albums, so an SNL appearance would likely boost him even more. Although SNL just had a British musical guest on with Sheeran, Arthur’s up-and-coming status and mellower vibe makes him different enough.
After delivering dazzling performances of her latest hit “Peter Pan” on award shows (most recently on the Feb. 12 Grammys alongside Lukas Graham) and late-night talk shows, it’s about time the country sweetheart gets to do it on SNL too.
Like Perry, Adam Levine and his band are hinting that a new album is in the works with two song releases in the last four months. Their latest, “Cold,” is yet another catchy tune that translates to a live-television performance the way that “Don’t Wanna Know” did — and practically any other Maroon 5 song, for that matter — so SNL would be a great platform to further prove that.
SNL has a way of snagging artists while they’re promoting new material. With Adams’ latest release, Prisoner, hitting stores Feb. 17, Adams seems like a great fit — especially since he hasn’t performed on the show since 2001.
The Mannequin Challenge fad may have fizzled, but that doesn’t mean the “Black Beatles” rappers shouldn’t bring it back for another live re-enactment. And with “Swang” gaining speed on the Hot 100, Rae Sremmurd fans are likely itching to see them perform on TV again.
Considering? the R&B singer-songwriter’s first studio album just debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (Feb. 18 chart), she clearly has a big enough fan base to qualify her for an SNL appearance. And after an electric choreographed performance of “CRZY” on Jimmy Kimmel Live? recently, Kehlani seems like she would make her mark on the SNL stage too.
Despite the fact that the country hit-maker has a whole catalog of tunes that simply make you want to shake your booty (even a song specifically called “Country Girl Shake It For Me”), he has yet to be invited to shake his booty on SNL. With yet another entertainer of the year award nomination for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, it’s probably time to change that.
They’re baaack! The throwback rock band just announced Thursday (Feb. 16) that they are releasing their first album in nearly three years on May 19, along with dropping a new single, “Heavy” (featuring Kiiara), meaning that 2017 is about to serve as a resurgence for the group. With their last SNL performance taking place six years ago, might as well add an SNL resurgence too.