Watch Ariana Grande and the Weeknd Get Sultry on ‘Saturday Night Live’
The duo performed "Love Me Harder" and the 'My Everything' singer went solo for 'Break Free'
Despite promotional tension between host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande, the first episode of Saturday Night Live’s 40th season went off mostly without a hitch. In addition to skits showing off all of the new cast members and showcasing the endearingly awkward talents of the Guardians of the Galaxy star, Grande came through for a couple of stellar performances that showed off her incredible vocal chops.
On a stripped down version of her inescapable “Break Free,” Grande used little more than a piano to demonstrate that there’s a whole lot more emotional weight to the track than just its Zedd-produced instrumental and kooky video. As announced on Twitter earlier in the day, the My Everything singer enlisted R&B lothario the Weeknd for a sultry and innuendo-filled version of their recent collaboration “Love Me Harder.” You can catch videos of “Break Free” above and “Love Me Harder” below.