A crowd of longtime fans tuned into the broadcast wondering whether or not the funny-gal would have the moxie to reprise her famous Whitney Houston impersonation (she didn't ...). But by the end of the program, viewers were tweeting about a side-splitting skit that spoofed little-known Grammy-winning folk musician Bon Iver and the arrival of the music world's most famous infant, Blue Ivy Carter.
In the skit, big names from all over the world of music gathered at Jay and Bey's Manhattan home to commemorate the birth of baby Blue.
Two-time SNL host and "D**k in a Box" Emmy winner Justin Timberlake made an appearance as Bon Iver singer also known as Justin Vernon. Rudolph donned her best Beyoncé wig in a comedy tribute to the R&B diva. An unusually mum Jay Pharoah guest-starred as Blue's doting papa, hip-hopster Jay-Z.
The parody featured no sign of rumored godparents Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow. But Fred Armisen appeared in character as Prince. Nicki Minaj turned up with a frightening rap, penned especially for the newborn. Even Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt dropped by to meet Blue.
But the real fun began with Justin dropped in, guitar in hand, to play a lullaby for the babe.
"Sorry I'm late. Whatever. I was just wandering barefoot in the woods of Wisconsin," he said.
Donning a fake beard and a thinning hair wig, Vernon managed to put himself to sleep mid-song.
The sight of being parodied by the sketch comedy gods was enough to leave the real Justin Vernon tweeting with excitement.
"Maya Rudolph saying "bon iver" is enough. I can die now!!!" wrote Vernon, who edged out Minaj for the Best New Artist gong at last week's Grammy Awards.
The writing team at Saturday Night Live aren't the only ones inspired by baby Blue: Beyoncé is reportedly writing songs about her young daughter. OneRepublic singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder -- who produced Bey's hit single "Halo" -- let the scoop slip in a recent chat with Billboard magazine's BoomBoz blog.
"The conversations about her next album literally just started and there [are] two projects happening," he revealed.
Tedder didn't specify what the second project will be, but the rumor mill is abuzz with claims that Bey could be releasing a remixed version of her Grammy-nominated 2011 album, 4.
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