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The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted  

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List Rules Vote up the people who have done the best across both hosting and musical duties, across all their appearances.

Getting to host or be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live is quite the honor. There have been hundreds of SNL hosts and musical guests over the seasons, and out of those only a small percentage of folks have been chosen to host multiple times or return for an encore. But some folks have such talent that they've been asked to not only host SNL but also be the musical guest.

Some people who have been both hosts and musical guests were one-and-dones, hosting the same episode they played songs on. Other celebrities have been back multiple times in either capacity. Sting and Justin Timberlake have been guests on Saturday Night Live six times each, as hosts, musical guests, and hosting musical guests. The artists who come close, Snoop Dog and Mick Jagger, have only reached four times each. The number of times SNL has had these artists return isn't necessarily indicative of who is the best celebrity who has hosted and been the musical guest. Dolly Parton and Stevie Wonder are both some of the most respected talents in their genres, and they brought that skill with them to SNL.

Which artists have done the duties of host and musical guest the best? Vote based on their overall performance across all appearances.

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: five episodes - October 11, 2003; December 16, 2006; May 9, 2009; May 21, 2011; March 9, 2013
Musical Guest: four episodes - October 11, 2003; December 16, 2006; March 9, 2013; December 21, 2013

Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. ...more
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: March 12, 2016
Musical Guest: two episodes - September 27, 2014; March 12, 2016

Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range. Grande has ...more
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Drake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: two episodes - January 18, 2014; May 14, 2016
Musical Guest: three episodes - October 15, 2011; January 18, 2014; May 14, 2016

Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks ...more
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: November 7, 2009
Musical Guest: January 10, 2009; November 7, 2009; November 11, 2017

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed ...more
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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: two episodes - May 13, 2000; February 2, 2002
Musical Guest: three episodes - May 13, 2000; February 2, 2002; October 18, 2003

Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a ...more
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Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: October 20, 2012
Musical Guest: four episodes - October 9, 2010; October 20, 2012; November 22, 2014; October 15, 2016

Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, voice actor, and choreographer. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii ...more
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: April 2, 2011
Musical Guest: two episodes - April 17, 1982; April 2, 2011

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more
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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: February 21, 2004
Musical Guest: three episodes - April 8, 2000; March 15, 2003; November 11, 2006

Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television ...more
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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: February 14, 1981
Musical Guest: two episodes - February 14, 1981; January 24, 1987

Deborah Ann "Debbie" Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie. She recorded several number one ...more
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: April 15, 1989
Musical Guest: April 15, 1989

Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer ...more
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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: three episodes - November 22, 1975; September 18, 1976; January 22, 1983
Musical Guest: two episodes - November 22, 1975; January 22, 1983

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a ...more
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: February 21, 1987
Musical Guest: three episodes - December 10, 1977; February 21, 1987; May 15, 1993

Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and ...more
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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: February 9, 2019
Musical Guest: January 13, 2018; February 9, 2019

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. Her initial recognition came from her self-released music posted on ...more
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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: November 16, 2013
Musical Guest: four episodes - October 3, 2009; May 21, 2011; November 16, 2013; October 22, 2016

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative ...more
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: two episodes - January 19, 1991; March 15, 1997
Musical Guest: five episodes - October 17, 1987; January 19, 1991; February 20, 1993; February 24, 1996; November 20, 1999

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known on stage as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He was principal songwriter, lead ...more
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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: May 19, 2012
Musical Guest: four episodes - December 16, 1978; February 6, 1993; December 8, 2001; May 19, 2012

Sir Michael Philip Jagger, better known as Mick Jagger, is an English singer, songwriter and one time actor, best known as the lead singer and a founder member of The Rolling Stones. Jagger's ...more
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Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: two episodes - February 28, 1998; November 13, 1999
Musical Guest: two episodes - March 14, 1992; February 28, 1998

Troyal Garth Brooks is an American singer-songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the ...more
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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: November 18, 2017
Musical Guest: two episodes - December 12, 2015; December 17, 2016

Chancelor Bennett, better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain major ...more
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Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: November 18, 2006
Musical Guest: three times - January 22, 2005; November 18, 2006; November 22, 2008

Christopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the ...more
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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: two episodes - March 8, 2003; October 9, 2004
Musical Guest: October 9, 2004

Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show host. ...more
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: May 7, 1983
Musical Guest: May 7, 1983

Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more
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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: January 24, 2015
Musical Guest: January 24, 2015

Blake Tollison Shelton is an American country music singer and television personality. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin". The lead-off single from his self-titled ...more
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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: February 9, 2013
Musical Guest: two episodes - April 10, 2010; February 9, 2013

Justin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Bieber's current manager, Scooter Braun first discovered him through his YouTube videos in 2007. Braun was impressed with the videos, and ...more
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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: May 8, 2004
Musical Guest: three episodes - March 19, 1994; January 18, 1997; October 23, 1999

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, best known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American recording artist and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992, when he was discovered ...more
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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: October 21, 1978
Musical Guest: two episodes - December 11, 1976; October 21, 1978

Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed ...more