Chance the Rapper makes debut as ‘SNL’ host

November 17, 2017 GMT

After last week’s auspicious debut by actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish, who made history as the first Black female comedian to host “Saturday Night Live” more than 40 year’s after the show’s debut, the innovative and enterprising Chance the Rapper steps into the role this weekend.

While the Grammy Award winner and Emmy Award nominee, born Chancellor Bennett, has appeared on “SNL” twice as a musical guest, his appearance at 11:30 p.m. Saturday marks his debut as host, reportedly making it just the second time in the show’s history that hosts in back-to-back weeks were Black.

The last time was in March 2009, when it was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Tracy Morgan.

Chance, whose most recent album, “Coloring Book,” was released in 2016, was the first artist to be nominated for a Grammy with a streaming-only album. Earlier this year, he was featured as one of “The 100 Most Influential People of 2017” by Time magazine.

Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper Eminem will return for his seventh appearance on “SNL” as the musical guest.