The 48th season of Saturday Night Live will begin on October 1 with a season premiere hosted by Miles Teller, and the show has just released a list of the first three musical guests.
Kendrick Lamar will be the musical guest on the premiere episode, with Willow taking the performance duties the following week on a Brendan Gleeson-hosted episode. Then, on October 15, Megan Thee Stallion will pull double duty as the host and musical guest.
The new season of Saturday Night Live will feature a number of cast changes, given the departures of Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Chris Redd, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, and more. New cast members for Season 48 include Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker.
Kendrick Lamar is a veteran performer on the sketch comedy show. He last appeared on SNL in 2018 when he performed “Tints” with Anderson .Paak. Before that, he performed on the show in November 2014, February 2014, and January 2013.
Willow Smith was last on the SNL stage in April 2022, when Camila Cabello invited her for a performance of their song "Psychofreak." Willow's appearance in October will mark the first time she's rocked the SNL stage solo.
As for Megan Thee Stallion, the rapper made her SNL debut in October 2019, performing “Handsome” with host Chance the Rapper. The next year, she was officially a musical guest and performed “Savage” and “Don’t Stop.”
See SNL's host and musical guest announcement below.
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Article Image: Kendrick Lamar at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, Willow attends Paris Fashion Week in 2017, Megan Thee Stallion at the 2022 Academy Awards. (Featureflash, magicinfoto, and PopularImages via DepositPhotos.)