Adam Driver will host and Kanye West will perform as the musical guest for the upcoming “Saturday Night Live” 44th season premiere which airs Sept. 29 on NBC. The network made the announcement last night (Sept. 17) via Twitter. (See the post below).
Driver rose to fame in his three-time Emmy nominated role as hunky but socially-awkward Adam Sackler in HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series “Girls.” The breakout TV role led to roles on the big screen, most notably as conflicted villain Kylo Ren in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. Driver has most recently garnered critical acclaim for his intense role as Detective Flip Zimmerman in Spike Lee’s riveting 2018 drama, “BlacKkKlansman.” Driver has hosted SNL once before in 2016, with Chris Stapleton as the musical guest.
Kanye West is a legendary rap superstar, record producer and fashion designer with a staggering 21 Grammy Award wins across a 20-year-plus career. He’s notably made Time’s 100 Most Influential People list twice, in 2005 and 2015. He’s served as musical guest on SNL multiple previous times and his upcoming Sept. 29 musical guest appearance will coincide with the release of West’s ninth studio album Yandhi, which is a follow-up to his eighth Billboard 200 chart-topping studio album, Ye, which dropped earlier this year in June. West formed a duo called Kids See Ghosts with Kid Cudi and they did a surprise show in Los Angeles last month.
The season 44 “Saturday Night Live” premiere airs Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11:35 p.m. ET/8:35 p.m. PT on NBC.