Lil Baby announced as ‘Saturday Night Live’ musical guest

Lil Baby is set to do his Saturday Night Live debut this month as the iconic sketch show returns for the 2023 season.

Announcing the line-up for the next two shows in a tweet on Thursday (January 5), SNL revealed that Baby will perform on January 28 with actor Michael B. Jordan as host.

The Atlanta rapper follows recently SNL musical debuts from some of his rap peers such as Gunna and Jack Harlow – who also handled hosting duties.

The episode the week before Lil Baby’s will see British singer Sam Smith take on musical duties, while actor Aubrey Plaza hosts.

Lil Baby had a monumental 2022, and it looks like the momentum won’t be slowing down anytime soon. He achieved 40 Hot 100 singles for the year and tied with his DJ Khaled “Staying Alive” collaborator Drake for most Billboard Hot 100 positions in 2022. The feat was largely thanks to his third studio album, It’s just me.

When the project’s 23-song tracklist entered the Hot 100 charts in its first week, the Atlanta native became the youngest solo artist—and the third overall—to land an entire album on the chart. The release also joined “Staying Alive” and 2017’s “Freestyle” to give Baby 25 songs on the coveted chart simultaneously.

In addition, Lil Baby’s 2022 numbers were boosted by featured appearances alongside Nardo Wick, SleazyWorld Go, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Gunna, NAV, Roddy Rich, Chris Brown and an additional appearance of his own on DJ Khaled’s GOD did it.

So was the 4PF rapper honored with his own day in his ATL hometown on November 13, with the date now officially recognized as Dominique “Lil Baby” Jones Day henceforth.

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And just before the year ended, Baby got laid first ever music video shot at the World Cup.

“I’m excited to make history with Budweiser and close out the 2022 FIFA World Cup with this unforgettable video,” the rapper said in a statement. “In collaboration with Director X and the amazing people from around the world, we’re celebrating what it means to bring the world together and inspire people to chase those dreams.”

You can watch his video for “The World Is Yours To Take” here.

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