WATCH: Prince Sings Medley Of “Clouds,” “Marz” & “Another Love” On SNL (VIDEO)
Prince was the musical guest on this week’s “SNL,” hosted by Chris Rock. He performed a three-song medley of his new songs “Clouds,” “Marz,” and “Another Love.” Rather than singing two four-minute songs, as is the practice on “SNL,” Prince, for the first time in the show’s history, did one nearly nine-minute long performance.
This is the third time Prince has appeared on “SNL.” He made his “Saturday Night Live” debut back on February 21, 1981, and then returned 25 years later in 2006 before this latest appearance. Prince’s first time on “Saturday Night Live” should have been a milestone, but that was the same night, during a parody of the infamous “Who shot J.R.?” episode of “Dallas” that cast member Charles Rocket uttered live on TV, “I’d like to know who the f*ck did it.” Sadly, Prince’s “SNL” debut was overshadowed by Rocket’s off-script curse.
While he has only been the musical guest three times, Prince has been repeatedly spoofed on “Saturday Night Live.” Over the 40 years “SNL” has been on, Prince was impersonated by three different cast members, Billy Crystal, Chris Kattan, and most recently by Fred Armisen. Armisen nailed a perfect impression of Prince 11 times between 2004 and 2012, mostly in a sketched call the “Prince Show.” Rumor has it that Prince was not amused at all by Armisen’s spot-on impersonation.
In late September, Prince released two albums, “Art Official Age,” and “Plectrumelectrum,” the latter with his all-female touring band 3rdeyegirl. Both albums received very mixed reviews and have done moderately well on the Billboard charts. “Art Official Age” and “Plectrumelectrum” are the first albums that Prince has released since 2010.
Check out Prince’s performance below, and tell us what you think.