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The Best SNL Musical Guests Who Have Also Hosted

Updated November 18, 2019 3.2k votes 213 voters 1.9k views35 items

List RulesVote 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 Lopez1

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

  • Harry Styles2

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

  • Lady Gaga3

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

  • Ariana Grande4

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

  • Drake5
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    Host: two episodes - January 18, 2014; May 14, 2016
    Musical Guest: three episodes - October 15, 2011; January 18, 2014; May 14, 2016

  • Dolly Parton6

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

  • Justin Bieber7

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

  • Justin Timberlake8

    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

  • Christina Aguilera9

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

  • Bruno Mars10

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

  • Chance The Rapper11

    Host: two episodes - October 12, 2019, November 18, 2017
    Musical Guest: three episodes - October 12, 2019, December 12, 2015; December 17, 2016

  • Taylor Swift12

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

  • Elton John13

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

  • Madonna14

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

  • Queen Latifah15

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

  • Lily Tomlin16

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

  • Britney Spears17

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

  • Mick Jagger18

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

  • Halsey19
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    Host: February 9, 2019
    Musical Guest: January 13, 2018; February 9, 2019

  • Garth Brooks20

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

  • Ludacris21

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

  • Sting22

    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

  • Willie Nelson23

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

  • Debbie Harry24

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

  • Desi Arnaz25
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    Desi Arnaz

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