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Ariana Grande Performs "Imperfect for You" and "We Can't Be Friends" on Saturday Night Live - Watch

Grande sang two songs off her seventh album, eternal sunshine, on the March 9 episode of SNL—in addition to crushing it in two sketches. 

By Samantha Vincenty

The March 9 episode of Saturday Night Live brought Ariana Grande back to the show, performing songs from her seventh studio album, eternal sunshine (a title alluding to one of her favorite movies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). In fact, it's inspired so much by the film that the video for her second eternal sunshine single, "We Can’t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love)," directly references the fictional tech in the Jim Carrey film. 

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The episode hosted by Dune: Part Two actor Josh Brolin was Grande's second time as musical guest, after making her debut in 2014. Grande also pulled double duty as Host and musical guest on March 12, 2016, dazzling with her excellent impressions.

Grande's already having a huge year in 2024: "yes, and?" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January. Sharing a clip of the visual for eternal sunshine's lead single, which is itself a tribute to Paula Abdul's 1989 "Cold Hearted" video (Grande remains a massive pop culture fan), the singer wrote on Instagram, “it is overwhelming and so sincerely moving to see how many of you this song has resonated with and it is such a gift to feel so seen and held by you! thank you for your positivity, for your support and for everything. you have no idea how much you mean to me! this is absolutely because of and entirely for you. thank you!”

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And on November 27, 2024, Grande will share the screen with SNL cast member Bowen Yang in Wicked Part 1, in which she'll play witch Glinda opposite Cynthia Erivo's Elphaba.

Ariana Grande performs during Saturday Night Live Episode 1858

Watch Ariana Grande perform "we can't be friends (wait for your love)"

Ariana Grande: we can't be friends (wait for your love) (Live)

In a staging similar to that of her newly-released video co-starring Evan Peters, Grande delivered the second single from eternal sunshine with a fitting tribute to the film that inspired it. 

Watch Ariana Grande perform "imperfect for you" on Saturday Night Live from March 9

Ariana Grande: imperfect for you (Live)

Introduced by her mother, Joan Grande, Grande stood in a gorgeous sunset-lit field (with the help from a video screen and a special dress) that transformed into a night sky by the song's end.