Last night’s SNL 40th anniversary celebration could have quite possibly been some of the most entertaining cross generation event television we’ve ever seen. The sketches, had us laughing nearly all night, and thanks to stars like Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon, the music world played a major role in this fantastic night. Here’s our breakdown of all of last night’s music moments, just in case you missed it.
The first and most show stopping of these moments come from the show’s musical intro. SNL’s honorary pop music superstar, Justin Timberlake joined cast member turned Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to do a rap based music medley about the show and its fantastic history. Within hours of its initial live airing on NBC, the show’s viral clip version grew to be seen by millions before we even came into work this morning. If you are one of those people haven’t seen it yet, the best way we can describe it is that it is that it is an SNL version of the duo’s “History of Rap” sketches that were made famous from Timberlake’s various appearances on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and then later Fallon’s version of the Tonight show. It is absolutely enjoyable from start to finish. Check it out below.
Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake
“Bring It On Down TO Anniversary-vill”
From: SNL 40
JF and JT set the tone for us as viewers, but there was much more to enjoy. Paul (McCartney) and Paul (Simon), a dynamic duo of a different sort, did their thing, appearing along side fellow entertainment greats, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal Aleck Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Melissa McCarthy, and yes even Miley Cyrus, to “audition” for acknowledgement during the show’s monologue. The two perform together and then Steve Martin gives them, a “resounding no.” Check it out below.
SNL 40 Monologue (Featuring Paul McCartney and Paul Simon)
Miley Cyrus gave a resounding “yes” to Paul Simon when she did a cover of his song, “50 Ways To Lose Your Lover “ as her musical guest contribution to the show. Simon himself then later performed “Still Crazy After All These Years” in honor of the occasion and his friend, SNL hea Lauren Michaels by performing “Still Crazy After All These Years”. Both are very touching in their own way and worthy of a watch.
“50 Ways To Lose Your Lover”
From: SNL 40
“Still Crazy After All These Years”
From: SNL 40
Always a controversial headline grabber, Kanye West gave more than enough to SNL’s big night to keep everyone talking. In addition to performing a medley of various singles displayed in a very “pop art” presentation, West’s recent antics at the 2015 Grammys made him perfect fodder to feed the show’s famous appetite for satire atirical appetite that the show has become famous for. In addition to a montage that highlighted SNL’s political spoofing, West’s presence made him the embodiment of a real current event punch line that was then used as the back bone for the Wayne’s World Sketch at the end of the show. Important side note, Mike Myers, who plays Wayne Campbell in said Wayne’s World sketch, was with Kanyw on camera during his surprise “President Bush doesn’t care about black people” declaration that was blurted out during the hurricane Katrina relief telethon.
Watch both his performance and the Wayne’s World Skit below.
Kanye West’s performance
From SNL 40