Watch Kid Cudi Pay Tribute to Chris Farley and Kurt Cobain on Saturday Night Live

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Abigail Covington
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Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

During his two performances on "Saturday Night Live," musical guest Kid Cudi used fashion to pay subtle tribute to Kurt Cobain and former "SNL" cast member Chris Farley. The Cleveland native was in town to promote his most recent album Man on the Moon III: The Chosen — the final installment of the artist’s celebrated Man on the Moon trilogy.

For his strobe-lit performance of “Tequila Shots,” Cudi donned a t-shirt featuring Chris Farley’s headshot underneath a swamp green cardigan which many on Twitter were quick to point out looked a lot like the sweater Cobain wore during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged concert from 1993. See the similarities for yourself in this video of Nirvana achieving cover song perfection with their version of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World.”


Cudi cemented the Cobain connection when he stepped out to perform “Sad People” in a floral, spaghetti-strapped sundress. The choice was a clear nod to Cobain who frequently donned dresses during live performances and photo shoots. The Nirvana frontman famously rocked a buttoned-up floral dress when he appeared on the cover of the recently relaunched british magazine The Face.

This past week was the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. He died by suicide at age 27 on April 5, 1994. The anniversary likely wasn’t lost on Cudi who has spoken often about his love for Nirvana and his own struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, and addiction. Chris Farley died from an overdose in 1997 at age 33. For fans of both Cudi and Kobain (and Farley too), the performances were a sentimental reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and a touching tribute to the enormous talents of those we’ve lost to suicide and addiction.

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