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

Host: two episodes - February 10, 2001; February 27, 2010
Musical Guest: three episodes - February 5, 2000; February 10, 2001; February 27, 2010

Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), nicknamed "J-Lo", is an American actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, producer and businesswoman. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a ...more
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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Harry Styles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: November 16, 2019
Musical Guest: November 16, 2019

Harry Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994) is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He rose to stardom as a member of the boy band One Direction after a 2010 audition as a solo artist for ...more
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Drake is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 5 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-Butera (; born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, she is known for her wide vocal range, which ...more
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

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

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her ...more
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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 7 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 (; born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actor. Discovered at 13 years old by talent manager Scooter Braun after watching his YouTube videos covering songs, ...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 (born December 18, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, ...more
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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 9 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 (born January 31, 1981), often known by his initials, JT, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he ...more
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Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 10 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 (born October 8, 1985), known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer. He is known for his stage ...more
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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: two episodes - October 12, 2019, November 18, 2017
Musical Guest: three episodes - October 12, 2019, 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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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Host: November 9, 1985
Musical Guest: January 16, 1993

Madonna Louise Ciccone (, Italian: [tʃikˈkoːne]; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, ...more
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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 13 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 (born March 18, 1970), known professionally as Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with ...more
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 14 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 (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have ...more
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Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 15 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 Bridges (born September 11, 1977), known professionally as Ludacris (), is an American rapper and actor. Ludacris is the founder of Disturbing tha Peace. Ludacris has won ...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 (born 26 July 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, and film producer who gained worldwide fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the ...more
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 17 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 (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Born and ...more
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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 19 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 (born February 7, 1962) is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and pop elements into the country genre has earned him immense popularity in the United ...more
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 20 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 (born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the ...more
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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 21 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 (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer and producer. Tomlin started her career as a stand-up comedian as well as performing ...more
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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 22 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 (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she appeared in stage ...more
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 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 (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), ...more
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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 24 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 Harry (born July 1, 1945), born Angela Tremble, is an American singer, songwriter, model and actress, known as the lead singer of the new wave band Blondie. Her recordings with the ...more
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Desi Arnaz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted
Desi Arnaz

Host: February 21, 1976
Musical Guest: February 21, 1976

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986), better known as Desi Arnaz, was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, and television producer widely noted for his role ...more