Adele Ended Up Singing On “Saturday Night Live” After All
And no, she didn’t slip back into those Bantu knots to belt out a Bob Marley-Shaggy-Grace Jones medley. In fact, Adele, who randomly decided to host “Saturday Night Live” last night (with musical guest H.E.R.), kept it MOSTLY safe and boring while relying heavily on those cue cards and said she wouldn’t sing but eventually did. And I said “mostly,” because there was one skit that made people scream, “Adele’s at it again!”
Adele has credited SNL for giving her her big break in the US, after she first appeared on the show back in 2008 to sing “Chasing Pavements”––on the same episode that also included a cameo by then-Vice Presidential candidate (and bespectacled enemy of birth control, reading books and common sense), Sarah Palin. God, remember those days when everybody thought that SHE’D be the most embarrassing thing to ever walk into the White House?
According to Variety, Adele opened the show by saying that she wouldn’t sing and ended her monologue by spilling the details about her follow-up to her last album “25”––which somehow came out five years ago. SPOILER ALERT: the new album “isn’t finished“. At that point, I should have just switched off the TV. But anyway, Adele said nope, she didn’t want to do any singing:
“I’d rather put on some wigs, have a glass of wine or six and just see what happens!”
Because it’s SNL, they definitely had to trot out Alec Baldwin as Trump again. Because we as a nation simply cannot get enough of that impersonation. And Jim Carrey as Joe Biden in a skit about the final debate (I swear, we’ve seen this scene before).
In one skit, Adele played a woman having her fortune read in 2019 by a bumbling ass psychic played by Kate McKinnon who couldn’t foresee the COVID pandemic
In another skit, Adele threw an AquaNet-covered nest on her head and put on a bootleg Marilyn Monroe voice for an 80s commercial for Ass Angel Jeans, toxic jeans that cover up butt fumes and “lady scents.” Maya Rudolph was in this skit, so I’m guessing she’s now a regular cast member without actually be named as a regular cast member:
And in another skit where she looked like Sarah Paulson in Audrey Meadows drag, Adele, who is maybe dating rapper Skepta, Kate McKinnon, and Heidi Gardner played stereotypical horny white divorcees who go on vacation to Africa and thirst over the men. Adele breaks character and probably because she realized, “Fuck, I’m going to get shit for this.” And she did. Many were offended and called the skit out for fetishizing Black men.
The “Village People” also showed up to tell Trump to stop using their songs:
And H.E.R. used her performance to promote the EndSARS movement:
As for the singing skit in question, it came up about halfway through the show and involved Adele posing as herself as a contestant on “The Bachelor”, interrupting every bachelor-interview scenario by bursting into some of her most iconic songs with reinterpreted lyrics.
And yes, I’m sure she’ll win a dozen Grammys for that.