Before she left the show, one of ex-Saturday Night Live cast member Maya Rudolph's signature characters was Beyonce, and she reprised her impression this past weekend when she returned to host the show.
In the skit, Maya as Beyonce, along with current cast member Jay Pharoah as Jay-Z, welcome a parade of celebrity guests who come to pay their respects to their new daughter, baby Blue Ivy Carter, who's sleeping in a crib "lined with one of Diana Ross' finest wigs." Their first guest is "Prince," played by Fred Armisen, who arrives in a cloud of smoke and organ music. "All my love and congratulations," he says, and then whispers in Beyonce's ear that his baby gift is "a smirk."
Next up is "LL Cool J," played by Kenan Thompson, who's wearing a tux and his "formal Kangol" cap because it's such a special occasion. "Nicki Minaj," played by cast member Nasim Pedrad, then arrives, wearing a crazy outfit and offering to sing a lullaby for baby Blue Ivy. But Nicki delivers the lullaby in her crazy, menacing persona, rapping, "There's a demon/demon/demon in you and Mama can't help you now, Baby Blue!" "Nicki, please! You're scaring him!" says Beyonce. "Him? I thought Blue was a girl!" asks Nicki. "No, I meant Prince" says Beyonce, as the camera cuts to Prince cowering behind the baby's crib.
"Brad" and "Angelina" arrive next, and Angelina attempts to steal Blue Ivy and add her to her collection. "She's so beautiful and so multi-cultural," coos Angelina, played by Abby Elliott. "Honey, we've got six already!" says Brad, played by Taran Killam. Next up is "Taylor Swift," played by Kristin Wiig, but all she does is look surprised.
The final guest is a big surprise: it's Justin Timberlake, dropping by to portray Best New Artist Grammy winner Bon Iver [bohn ee-Vair]. He's dressed exactly the way Bon Iver was at the Grammysand says he's going to play a song he wrote for Blue Ivy. "But Bon Iver, we were just about to put our baby to sleep!" says Beyonce. "Trust me," he replies. "This'll help." He then croons a sleepy ballad that sounds just like a typical Bon Iver song, and falls asleep in the middle of singing it. The real Bon Iver tweeted that he loved the impersonation.
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