JAY-Z and Ryan Gosling to kick off Season 43 of 'SNL'

When the 43rd season of "Saturday Night Live" premieres on Sept. 30, the famous sketch comedy show will have plenty of star power to help kick of its return. The long-running comedy show announced on Thursday that actor Ryan Gosling is set to host their season premiere, while hometown hip-hop hero JAY-Z will be the musical guest.

Jay-Z will be giving his first public performance in the U.S. since November 2016 next weekend, with a scheduled headlining set at his Made In America Festival in Philadelphia. He’s also scheduled to headline The Meadows Music Festival in Queens, New York a few weeks prior to his SNL performance. His latest album, 4:44, was released back on June 30. The LP's announcement took many hip-hop fans by surprise, and even received platinum sales status less than a week following its release.

Jay’s last appearance on "Saturday Night Live" came back in 2010, when he performed a combination of "Public Service Announcement," "On to the Next One," "99 Problems" and "Empire State of Mind." He also joined his fellow pop collaborator Justin Timberlake on stage during his own "SNL" performance of "Suite & Tie" in 2013. The clip of the performance can be watched above.

The show’s 42nd season made headlines on a nearly daily basis due to its political and electoral season coverage, and featured an overall lineup of musical guests that included Katy Perry, Haim, LCD Soundsystem and Harry Styles to name a few. With artists like Beck and Taylor Swift also set to release new albums this fall, fans should expect another solid season's worth of television performances to take place on "SNL" for its 43rd year.

Tickets to select shows on Jay-Z's 4:44 North American tour are also on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.