It’s officially September and that signals a lot of things – school is back in session, pumpkin spice lattes will soon return to the Starbucks menu and you can finally break out the Urban Outfitters sweater that has been chilling on a hanger all summer.
This time of year also signals the return of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. With each episode full of hilarious sketches and killer musical acts also comes a host, one of the most coveted roles in all the land.
SNL posted on Instagram on Wednesday night (Aug. 31) and opened the floor for host suggestions. Tegan and Sara didn’t waste any time proposing that they should be among the contenders and we can’t argue that. Below are 15 people we think would make spectacular hosts- who is your top pick for Season 42? Vote below or add a write-in nominee!
Tegan And Sara: These two absolutely killed it this year with the release of their eighth studio album “Love You To Death” and are in the midst of their world tour in support of the pop goodness. The two have yet to make an appearance on SNL, but if they did, we would love it (to death).
Chance the Rapper: Lil’ Chano from 79th completely changed the music game this year by having one of the most successful, critically acclaimed records of the year, “Coloring Book,” without a label behind him. He graced the cover of Billboard, broke thought the barriers that kept him from a Grammy nomination and still remains one of the most humble artists in the game. While he performed “Somewhere In Paradise” and “Sunday Candy” on the show last December, hosting SNL would put the “ultra” in the ultralight beam he’s currently on.
Lin Manuel Miranda: Another game changer. Lin Manuel Miranda is responsible for the music, lyrics, and book for Broadway’s Hamilton, one of the most talked about, buzziest shows since “The Book of Mormon” in 2011. Much like Lin Manuel Miranda brilliantly paired hip-hop and Broadway, it’s time that he gets brilliantly paired with SNL.
Britney Spears: Spears hasn’t made an appearance on SNL since 2003 when she made a brief cameo on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment. She released her “glorious” new album on Aug. 26th and made her comeback to the VMA stage on Aug. 28th, so a return to Studio 8H this season only seems right.
Mindy Kaling: Kaling served as a guest writer for SNL in April 2006 but has yet to make an appearance on the show. Her writing and acting skills are top notch in The Office and The Mindy Project and we’re sure that she would have us rolling on the floor laughing as a host. Fun fact: In a 2007 interview with The A.V. Club, Kaling revealed that she turned down a job writing for the show because she was already writing for The Office.
Michael Phelps: After #PhelpsFace took on a life of its own without even trying, we’re sure the gold-medalist has more fun up his sleeve and is ready to dive in again since his 2008 debut on the show.
Amy Schumer: The comedic goddess hosted the show early in the season last year, and it was so good that it deserves an encore. Of course she had an advantage with her experience in comedy, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t brilliant. We won’t say no to more Amy in Season 42.
Rihanna: The bad gal herself has made multiple appearances on the show as a performer, but never as a host. She’s known for being one of the realest artists in the game and Studio 8H is the perfect place to let her candidness shine bright like a diamond. We are definitely not ANTI-Rihanna.
Shawn Mendes: The 18-year-old recent high school graduate who promises to “Treat You Better,” has had an awesome year. He has a little under a month until his sophomore album ”Illuminate” is released and he recently graced the cover of Billboard. An SNL hosting gig would be an awesome item to add to his already impressive resume.
Dave Grohl: Alright Lorne, it’s time. Give Grohl the hosting gig. While he is the most frequent musical guest in the show’s history, the rocker has yet to host. Fans are so determined to get Grohl the job that a petition made its way around the internet last year and garnered 5,625 signatures in addition to a Twitter and Facebook page dedicated to the cause.
Nicki Minaj: The queen of rap has appeared in two episodes of SNL, one was a James Franco-hosted episode and the other as The Weeknd’s guest for his performance of “The Hills” last year. While 2016 has been a relatively quiet year for Minaj, we haven’t completely ruled out a new release for the “Feelin’ Myself” rapper and an SNL hosting gig would be the cherry on top of a comeback.
Adele: Hello from Studio 8H. There’s no denying that Adele absolutely killed it last year with “25,” the album that made us all feel things we didn’t know we could feel. Adele has proved that she’s hilarious with her witty stage banter that has been making headlines since her world tour kicked off in March and it’s time that she brings that same humor to Rockefeller Plaza as SNL’s host.
Drake: The 6 God ruled the summer with his hit “One Dance” and even though he hosted AND served as a musical guest last season, we would love a part 2. From his opening monologue to his Rihanna impression, it was entertaining start to finish. We may needa one dance, but we needa two (or more) SNL hosting gigs from you, Drizzy.
Frank Ocean: The ever elusive Frank Ocean had us all on the edge of our seats (im)patiently waiting for his sophomore album “Blonde” to drop. There was a collective sigh of relief that the idea of new Frank Ocean wasn’t just in our imaginations. He performed “Thinkin Bout You” in 2012 and we’ve been thinkin’ bout him hosting ever since.
With so many incredible people to choose from to host Season 42, there’s no doubt that it will be another impressive chapter in the show’s iconic history.