Maren Morris Books ‘Saturday Night Live’ Musical Guest Spot
"Live from New York, I'M DOING SNL!!"
Quoting the sketch comedy show's famous opening line, that's how Maren Morris broke some big news to her social media followers on Friday afternoon (Dec. 2). The rising country star has been booked as Saturday Night Live's musical guest for Dec. 10.
Morris' SNL episode will be hosted by wrestler John Cena, per the show's official announcement. The singer had teased that she had a big announcement up her sleeve on Tuesday (Nov. 29), when she shared an Instagram video of various sequined dresses "for a special TV thing I'm doing that I CANNOT wait to announce this week." When Morris officially revealed her SNL appearance, she appropriated included the hashtag #iwillbedressedlikeanornament.
Morris will be the first country star to perform as part of Saturday Night Live's current season, but she's just the latest in a long line of the genre's acts to grace the SNL stage during the show’s four-decade run. Both Margo Price and Chris Stapleton performed on the show in 2016 alone, while Blake Shelton acted as the sketch comedy show’s host and musical guest in January of 2015. Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift are also among those who have hosted and performed on SNL.
Morris' SNL appearance will round out a stellar 2016 for the up-and-comer: She released her debut album, Hero, in June, to much critical and fan acclaim, earned seven CMA Awards nominations and won New Artist of the Year. Morris also spent much of 2016 on the road with Keith Urban, as an opening act on his Ripcord World Tour, and will launch her own headlining Hero Tour in February. It was recently announced that she will be performing as part of the 2017 Country Radio Seminar's New Faces of Country Music show as well.
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