D’Angelo on ‘SNL’: 5 Things We Want To See


D’Angelo photographed in 2014.

Gregory Harris

Thankfully, D’Angelo‘s live performances are much more frequent than his album releases: last December, listeners got to hear new recordings from the singer for the first time in more than a decade, but dedicated fans have been able to catch his gigs in the last couple years.

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Before playing Harlem’s Apollo Theater and embarking on a European tour, D’Angelo is making his Saturday Night Live debut tonight (Jan. 31). Here’s a list of 5 things we hope he does on the show.

1. Play a Cover
D’Angelo is unpredictable, and even though he has a new album to promote, he loves playing covers live — usually older classics. His rendition of the S.O.S. Band‘s “Tell Me If You Still Care” may even be better than the original.

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2. Play “Sugah Daddy”
Mark Ronson stopped by SNL last year to play “Uptown Funk,” his collaboration with Bruno Mars which is currently the No. 1 song in the country. In an ideal world, D’Angelo’s “Sugah Daddy,” would be on top of the Hot 100 — it makes “Uptown Funk” look like a cute entry in a battle of the bands competition.

3. Play “Another Life”
This stunningly orchestrated ballad closes out Black Messiah, and it would give the singer a chance to show his remarkable vocal range.

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4. Bring out Prince
The D’Angelo-Prince connection has always been strong. A duet would bring the house down.

5. Play “Untitled”
A boy can dream.