We have an opportunity here. We, as a community, can do better than Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, I'm almost sure. In this light, we offer up a few names we'd like to encourage the world to nominate for SNL notoriety, but only on the designated day, of course.
1. Cat Power
At her best, Chan Marshall could rival the unguarded vulnerability that Frank Ocean displayed in his turn as musical guest on last week's season premiere. On a superficial level, it's not like cameras don't like her face. Sure, throw some vintage arcade games onstage behind her, that'll work.
2. Donald Glover/Child Gambino as host/musical guest combo
This suggestion is already getting a good bit of traction on Twitter. With a little extra push from NBC synergy to promote Community's fourth season, it's one that actually seems plausible.
3. Animal Collective
Keeping late-night television appearances to a minimum—there was a performance of "#1" on Conan in 2007 and a less-puzzling one of "Summertime Clothes" on Letterman two years later, but that's about it—it'd be interesting to see what parents make of the band's musically rapturous take on fruit.
As the city's walking endorsement for Barclays Center, there's no better year for him to pop into Rockefeller Center for a friendly, "I'm here to play a few songs, and, oh hey, I brought my wife and my friend Justin Timberlake to sing and dance onstage with me."
5. The new judges of American Idol, all of them, singing "Call Me Maybe" together
As for hosts, Ryan Gosling should do. Also Amy Poehler and Will Arnett in a Parent Trap-like scheme at the hand of the public to rekindle the ex-couple's romance, all while they promote the newest season of Parks and Recreation and the much-anictipated, actually-happening fourth season of Arrested Development.
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