SNL Season Finale: Solange/Jay Z Cold Open, EDM & Pharrell Digital Shorts, St. Vincent Confounds Twitter

Scott Lapatine | May 18, 2014 - 12:42 am

Tonight’s SNL season 39 finale addressed the week’s big viral video (Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator, in case you forgot) right in the cold open. It was pretty good! Jay (Jay Pharoah) and Solange (Sasheer Zamata) let us know everything’s cool between them, and actually if you watch the video with audio it tells a different story: Solange was hitting and kicking a spider off her brother-in-law at his request, because he has arachnophobia. Then Beyoncé (Maya Rudolph) shows up.

Recent Golden Globe winner (and newlywed to Joanna Newsom) Andy Samberg was the host, so a new Lonely Island pre-taped sketch was a pretty sure bet. And there were two. The first was an EDM-themed digital short called “When Will The Bass Drop?” starring Samberg as DJ DAVVINCI and featuring Lil Jon in a cameo.

Then Annie Clark performed “Digital Witness” and Twitter was confused.

The second digital short, “Hugs,” featured Pharrell Williams and Tatiana Maslany.

A wedding-themed Waking Up With Kimye included Taran Killam as Bruce Jenner/Linda.

Sandberg reprised his Blizzard Man in a sketch with 2 Chainz.

St. Vincent’s second song was “Birth In Reverse.”

Surprise guests in addition to the aforementioned Maya Rudolph, 2 Chainz, Lil Jon, Pharrell Williams, and Tatiana Maslany included Martin Short, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Jorma Taccone.