“Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!” In just a few short weeks, those magical words will be ringing through televisions everywhere. With a new season of SNL upon us, one of the most exciting things to look forward to is the guests. Last week, we asked who you’d like to see host during the next season of the hysterical sketch comedy show. This week, we pose a similar yet different question: Who would you like to see take the stage for a musical performance in Studio 8H?
Here are 10 artists that we think would bring the noise, feelings and overall awesome energy that the SNL stage thrives on. Vote for your favorite or write-in your own pick!
Dvsn – The Canadian R&B duo (and OVO signees) made noise with the release of their debut album Sept. 5th that was released in March this year. In addition to being featured on his album for the track “Faithful,” the duo also opened up for Drake on the Summer Sixteen tour.
Bryson Tiller – Young Tiller was nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s VMAs with very good cause. His debut album TRAPSOUL was widely acclaimed for the unique sound that blends trap and hip-hop influenced R&B. He made his US television debut in May on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
A$AP Ferg – This year, the Harlem A$AP Mob rapper dropped Always Strive And Prosper, the follow-up to his 2013 project Trap Lord. He toured with Tory Lanez, played Lollapalooza, Made In America and a number of other festivals and turned every crowd up to a “New Level.” We’d love to see Ferg bring that energy to the SNL stage.
Fifth Harmony – The ladies of Fifth Harmony shined this year. They dropped a massive single, “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, graced the cover of Billboard and took the stage at the BBMAs to name a few of their accomplishments. SNL, let’s book Fifth Harmony for Season 42. It’ll be worth it.
Zayn Malik – Zayn has appeared on stage at Studio 8H before with One Direction, but never as a solo artist. His debut album Mind of Mine has a completely different sound that would bring a new vibration to the show.
Andra Day – The soul/R&B songstress released her debut album Cheers to the Fall last August and it’s beautiful. “Rise Up” was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards this year and she performed the soulful track at the DNC. Her voice is a force and her talent is undeniable – let’s take it to SNL.
Banks – Banks isn’t new to performing in front of huge audiences. She has opened for The Weeknd twice, most recently for two months of his The Madness tour across North America. In June, she announced that her second album The Altar is done and is set to be released on September 30th. An SNL appearance would be a wonderful compliment to the release, yeah?
Bebe Rexha – Bebe Rexha’s name has recently been making its way around the airwaves, mostly due to her collaboration with G-Eazy “Me, Myself & I,” but Rexha has been making waves in the industry long before that track dropped. She is featured on David Guetta’s “Hey Mama” and co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna’s smash hit “The Monster.” With her debut album set for an October release, we’d love to see Rexha in Studio 8H.
The Chainsmokers – These guys have had quite the year. They’re currently sitting pretty at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and have performed at the MTV VMAs, New York’s Electric Zoo festival, Tomorrowland and plenty of other shows. They’re ready for SNL.
Grimes – The synthpop all-star is known for her wildly energetic performances. Fresh off of supporting Florence and the Machine on her How Beautiful Tour this summer, Grimes would bring a unique energy to Studio 8H.