The superstar pop crooner and retro-cool writer/producer turned the SNL musical stage into a retro neon nightclub with two tracks likely appear on Ronson’s fourth solo album, Upcoming Special, due Jan. 27.
Dressed in shades and a salmon-colored blazer, Mars lit up the stage with the throwback jam “Uptown Funk” as the evening’s first musical performance. It took on a very similar vibe as the impossibly cool music video for the track, which finds Mars, his backup crew and Ronson prowling around city streets grooving to the Prince-y, synth-y funk jam.
“Uptown Funk” recently entered the Hot 100 at No. 65 and it’s poised to gain even more steam thanks to the music video.
Next up, Mars and Ronson brought out Mystikal for the uptempo “Feel Right,” during which the rapper took center stage behind a lively horn section and Ronson manning the guitar. The James Brown-inspired song came together after a chance encounter between Ronson and Mystikal in the studio.
In addition to Mystikal and Mars, Upcoming Special will also feature cameos from Australia’s Tame Impala and the Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Michael Chabon.
Actress Cameron Diaz, meanwhile, delivered some jams of her own during the SNL Thanksgiving episode. The fourth-time host teamed up with the ladies of SNL for a sketch in which they rapped about being “back-home ballers.” Diaz and the girls formed a rap supergroup and delivered classic lines about returning home and being spoiled by their parents. Watch below.