January 26, 2012:
Host: Adam Levine
– Note: This is incredible. He made a cameo in the “Jeremy Renner/Maroon 5” episode, notably in the prerecorded sketch “Stand Off” and the two musical performances. Wow. Now, he’s returning. He must have hypnotized Lorne Michaels. If he makes jokes about that in the hosting/promos, I called it.
Why He’s Hosting: Three possible reasons. 1) His record label, 222 Records. 2) He was in a movie that comes out this year, entitled Can A Song Save Your Life? 3) His job as a musician coach on NBC’s The Voice, aka The Great American Idol Rip-off. I predict jokes about that.
Musical Guest: Kendrick Lamar
Why He’s Playing: Again, two possible reasons. 1), his upcoming collaborative album with J. Cole. 2). His newly-released album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.