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D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Tracks Proved Moving on ‘Saturday Night Live’

The 'Voodoo' icon brought "Really Love" and "The Charade" to the studios at 30 Rock

D’Angelo’s been a pretty stellar live TV performer over the course of his nearly two-decade long career, and he proved this weekend on Saturday Night Live that nothing much has changed. On the J.K. Simmons-hosted episode of the sketch comedy show, the Voodoo singer showed up for a couple of stellar, and surprisingly affecting performances. “The Charade,” which was the night’s second performance, was the obvious highlight. The track’s political message was echoed by his band’s members’ choice to wear shirts that read “Black Lives Matter” or “I Can’t Breathe”. There was also a chalk outline of a body on the floor, making literal the harrowing content of the track and confirming just how moving some of these Black Messiah cuts can be. “Really Love” proved a lighter warmup number with D’Angelo sporting a tasteful poncho and a hat worn askew. You can catch that latter performance up above and the former down below.