Weekend Watch: Kanye West Sets Sights on SNL, Prince Performs at the Billboard Music Awards
Television this weekend is sweet music to our ears. From Kanye West's return to the Saturday Night Live stage to a televised performance from the purveyor of “Purple Rain,” we can't help but have our DVRs ready.
Tomorrow night marks the 38th season finale of SNL and it will be a memorable one. For starters, the Ben Affleck-hosted night is Bill Hader's final show after eight seasons of hilarious hijinks (how will we cope without Stefon?). On another buzzworthy note, it will also be the first time West has appeared on the show since his ballerina-assisted performance of “Runaway” in 2010. With West's “Power” lyrics slamming the show (F— SNL and the whole cast/Tell them Yeezy said they can kiss my whole a–) and news that writers had to nix Kim Kardashian jokes, we're itching to see how this turns out. We just hope West is happier to perform than he seemed while filming this tease with Affleck and show vet Fred Armisen.
Fast forward to Sunday—which will be here before you know it—and our full attention will be on the 2013 Billboard Music Awards hosted by Tracy Morgan. The celebration of chart-topping music will boast 17 performances from David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Miguel, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and more. Album and digital sales, tour numbers, radio airplay, streaming, and social media presence will determine the evening's top winners, but the artist formerly known as Prince (and then known as Prince again), is sure to steal the show. Not only will he join Neil Diamond and Stevie Wonder in the exclusive Icon Award recipient club, he will also perform live!
SNL will air tomorrow night at 11:29 p.m. on NBC while the 2013 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from Vegas on Sunday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.