Anna Kendrick is a triple threat — she sings and acts and does that thing with cups — so she was a natural in her first time hosting Saturday Night Live. The series is in a transitional season, though, so if you missed last night’s episode, you didn’t miss much. Birthday boy Pharrell Williams (he’s 41 and not a vampire) was the musical guest and he’s got the #1 song in the country (again!), so you can’t deny good timing there. The singer/producer appeared as himself in a sketch, too. Here were all the music-related bits…
Pharrell did “Happy” with a bunch of kids…
…and G I R L opener “Marilyn Monroe” with a string section led by his Spider-Man 2 collaborator Hans Zimmer.
The original song “Dongs All Over The World” had a cameo from Icona Pop.
In a Little Mermaid sketch, Kendrick as Ariel sang hits by Kesha, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, and Iggy Azalea.
Kendrick and Vanessa Bayer auditioned to be Pharrell’s backup singers in a sketch that also goofed on his ever-present Buffalo hat.
And this one isn’t music-related, but Kyle Mooney’s pre-taped shorts are consistently a show highlight.
Next week: Seth Rogen and Ed Sheeran.