“Saturday Night Live” has been a mainstay in the Emmy race for Best Music and Lyrics for the last 10 years, ever since the viral hit “Dick in a Box” from The Lonely Island and Justin Timberlake put the show on the map by winning in 2007. Since then “SNL” has earned another nine nominations in the category, winning again in 2011 for “Justin Timberlake Monologue.” This year the show could achieve a third victory by bidding a fond farewell to Barack Obama and taking potshots at Donald Trump with the song “Last Christmas” from the episode hosted by Casey Affleck. Watch it above, and decide for yourself if you think it’ll be an Emmy winner.
“Last Christmas” is co-written and performed by “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson and recent Grammy winner Chance the Rapper, along with lyricist Will Stephen and musical composer Eli Brueggemann. Both Stephen and Brueggemann are three-time Emmy nominees, while Thompson and Chance both contend for the first time. All four are looking for their first Emmy victories.
“Hey kid, enjoy the presents while you can / ‘Cause next year you might get a bomb from Iran,” Thompson raps. Chance follows, “Binge-drinking eggnog like I don’t care / I’ma hurt myself before we lose Obamacare.” The political overtones of the broad comedic song might be especially appealing to voters this year, with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon also nominated largely for their “SNL” political sketches as Trump and Hillary Clinton.
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