Chris Stapleton Booked as Musical Guest for ‘Saturday Night Live’


Well well well. The accolades for Chris Stapleton continue to pour in. The dude’s on one mother of a hot streak, and now he will attempt to reprise the magic he evoked on the CMA Awards back in November on the famed stage of Saturday Night Live on January 16th, according to the National Broadcasting Company.

The performance will come less than a month after Stapleton gave a rousing performance on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where he left Questlove and the rest of America in shock. Perhaps Lorne Michaels was watching from the wing, or heard about the performance through the grapevine (the two shows tape in the same building in NYC), and decided he wanted some of that action. It once again proves the power of a Stapleton performance that he’d be given this shot on such short notice. SNL isn’t falling over itself to book Luke Bryan, that’s for sure.

The guest host for the Stapleton episode will be Adam Driver from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Chris Stapleton has taken his momentum from winning three CMA awards on November 4th, and hasn’t slowed down one bit. His Traveller album has now been certified gold by the RIAA, and continues to be one of the hottest selling albums in country. He recently sold out a three-show stint at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville within minutes. He was also just announced as one of the only country performaers at this year’s Coachella Festival in California. And along with an SNL performance, his multiple nominations at February’s Grammy Awards likely mean a nationally-televised performance there, along with whatever bump he may receive from winning one of the awards he’s nominated for. His recent high-profile television performances might also help to put him more on the Grammy map, and perhaps boost his chances to walk away with Album of the Year.

There’s no stopping this guy. The Saturday Night Live booking seals it: Chris Stapleton is the biggest artist in all of country music at the moment.