Lizzo replaces Yeah Yeah Yeahs for the final episode of 2022

In a surprising announcement, Saturday Night Live confirmed that the previously announced Yeah Yeah Yeahs musical guest will no longer perform on the show’s final episode for 2022. SNL has now announced that Lizzo will be returning to Studio 8H as a musical guest in their absence. Lizzo is set to work on the series with Elvis Star Austin Butler serves as host. Yeah Yeah Yeahs released a statement about their absence from the group SNL After announcing in advance the appearance, confirming that guitarist Nick Zinner was still recovering from a bout with pneuomonia and unable to perform.

The band wrote in statement on social media. The band’s top priority is to support Nick through a full recovery, and as a result we’ve had to pull out of our engagements at KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas and Saturday Night Live. The YYYs have enjoyed the incredible heights of support at the KROQ and the immense honor of being chosen to close SNL 2022, we are so grateful and sadly anticipate that we cannot rise to these occasions. It’s been a tough week, and it’s been a tough year on the health front for us along with many artists who are committed to connecting with audiences amid the pandemic. We send our love to our fans and supporters, thank you for your understanding and well wishes, it means the world to us. We wish you a healthy and happy rest in 2022, and we look forward to a strong comeback in 2023.”

Lizzo’s return as musical guest on SNL may be one of the quickest transitions for a performer to return to the series, having just taken on the role of host and musical guest back in April of this year. Lizzo had previously appeared as a musical guest three years earlier, and concluded in 2019 when Eddie Murphy returned to host the series. She’s known for her performance in both songs but also for several sketch appearances, including a freak sketch where she breaks character.

With her latest appearance, Lizzo has joined a select group of people who have served as host and musical guest including the likes of Ray Charles, Debbie Harry, Olivia Newton John, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, MC Hammer, Britney Spears (twice!), Jennifer Lopez (twice too!), Justin Timberlake (three times!), Taylor Swift, Elton John, and most recently Billie Eilish. Paul Simon was the first to do so in 1976, appearing as host and musical guest four times on the series.



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