For her opening song, the 33-year-old Texas songstress seemingly paid homage to the 1994 film Forrest Gump while delivering a gorgeous rendition of “Justified.” Seated cross-legged on a stool with an acoustic guitar, Musgraves’ stripped-down appearance closely resembled an iconic scene in which Robin Wright’s character Jenny Curran performs nude onstage.
The singer later acknowledged the Forrest Gump connection by tweeting a screen grab of Wright from the Oscar-winning movie.
Later during the Owen Wilson-hosted episode of SNL, Musgraves wore a yellow plaid shirt with blue jeans for the bittersweet “Camera Roll,” one of her new album’s more literal songs about the memories associated with looking back on past photos in your cell phone. “I don’t wanna see ’em/ But I can’t delete ’em/ It just doesn’t feel right yet,” she emotionally sang.
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) October 3, 2021
Musgraves’ fifth studio effort, star-crossed, dropped on Sept. 10 and launched at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums and Top Album Sales charts. The singer made her SNL debut in 2018 around the release of her highly acclaimed release Golden Hour.
Kim Kardashian will host the following weekend of SNL on Oct. 9, accompanied by musical guest Halsey, who performed songs from her third album, Manic, last year during the first 2020 episode of NBC’s late-night sketch comedy series.
Watch Musgraves’ SNL performances below.