Ariana Grande and Kacey Musgraves Are Returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Ariana Grande and Kacey Musgraves - Credit: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal/Getty Images; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Ariana Grande and Kacey Musgraves - Credit: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal/Getty Images; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Kacey Musgraves and Ariana Grande will both return to Saturday Night Live as musical guests next month.

Musgraves will perform on the March 2 show, which will be led by first-time host Sydney Sweeney. And Grande will be the musical guest on March 9, when Josh Brolin returns for his third time hosting.

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Musgraves made her SNL debut back in 2018 after releasing her celebrated album, Golden Hour, then returned in 2021 while promoting Star-Crossed. The country star is now gearing up to release her first LP in three years, Deeper Well, out March 15. Musgraves announced the album earlier this month along with sharing the title-track as the first single.

In a statement, Musgraves described the album as “a collection of songs I hold very dear to my heart.” She recorded the album at the storied Electric Lady Studios in New York, adding, “I was seeking some different environmental energy, and Electric Lady has the best mojo. Great ghosts.”

Grande — who first performed on SNL in 2014 then served as both host and musical guest in 2016 — is also getting ready to release a new album of her own, Eternal Sunshine, which drops March 8. The album marks her first since 2020’s Positions, though in the interim she’s largely been busy filming the movie adaptation of the hit musical Wicked (part one is set to arrive Nov. 27, with part two scheduled for Nov. 26, 2025).

Despite the long wait for new music, Grande has kept the lid tight on Eternal Sunshine: She only shared one single, “Yes, And?” before announcing no more songs would be released prior to the album’s arrival. She hasn’t shared a full track list either, though there is at least a “Yes, And?” remix featuring Mariah Carey.

Before all that, SNL will return from a two-week break this weekend with musical guest 21 Savage and host Shane Gillis. The decision to tap Gillis was a controversial, and arguably unexpected one: The stand-up comedian was briefly cast on SNL in 2019, but then dropped after a handful of racist and homophobic jokes he made on his podcast surfaced. Gillis did issue an apology of sorts (“I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said,” he tweeted, and then deleted), and his stand-up career has flourished in the years since. His most recent special, Beautiful Dogs, was released on Netflix last year.

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