In a surprise announcement, Lizzo will be the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” next week, Dec. 17, hosted by “Elvis” star Austin Butler.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, originally announced, had to cancel their performance on the show due to guitarist Nick Zimmer’s pneumonia.
“As many of our fans are aware, Nick has been ill with pneumonia for the past month and has had a very difficult recovery,” the group wrote on Instagram. As a result, we had to pull out of our commitments at Acoustic Christmas and Saturday Night Live KROQ.”
Jack White is the last minute musical guest for “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
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Lizzo will be the second “SNL” musical guest to double that role this year, following Brandi Carlile’s second appearance on Saturday night in 2022. In April, Lizzo hosted and performed at the musical session.
Lizzo is fresh off a successful Madison Square Garden performance at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Z100, where she dressed as the Grinch for a set that included hits like “Good as Hell” and “About Damn Time.” He shared a photo of his look on Instagram with the caption “100% That Grinch.”
“About That Time” was recently awarded the Hitmakers Record of the Year.
“It’s a dance song with very emotional lyrics, where you can tell the person has been through a lot,” Lizzo explained in an interview about her new documentary “Love, Lizzo.” As the classically trained flautist broke down the song’s components (“There’s a lot of tension” in chords that are “both major and minor,” she explained), she paused to consider the big picture.
“That’s the power of understanding music theory and understanding singing the way I do,” he said. “Not everything can be happy and not everything can be sad. You have to give the listener a real human experience when they listen to the song, which is a mixture of pleasure, pain, joy, sadness, fear , release.”
The lively disco-tinged anthem reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as the Adult Top 40, Dance/Mix Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic Airplay charts. After its release in April, the song was gaining fans on TikTok, thanks to a funny dance performed by its creator Jaeden Gomez. “About Damn Time” reached #1 in July.
“It was a great song to begin with, but I think the TikTok moment and the choreography that made it go viral helped push it to the top,” said Theron Thomas, who helped write the song.
Slatkin agreed, saying the song was inspired by coming out of quarantine; in other words, it was a damn time to dance. “We wanted to make something that would instantly transport you to the dance floor upon hearing it,” he said. “I love that it’s taken off the TikTok dance trend, because that’s exactly what we wanted: to see everyone happy and dancing.”
Slatkin cited Lizzo’s exacting standards as one reason “About Damn Time” worked so well: “It was four months of being in the studio almost every day, getting the song right,” he said.
“The song is upbeat and positive and confident,” Reed said, “but I think it also says, ‘Look, we’ve been through it and we’re still going through it.’ There are a lot of challenges ahead right now.”
“That’s the power of understanding music theory and understanding singing the way I do,” he says. “Not everything can be happy and not everything can be sad. You have to give the listener a real human experience when they listen to the song, which is a mixture of pleasure, pain, joy, sadness, fear , release.”