It was announced Wednesday that joke-folk pop cover duo Karmin, which became popular thanks to its “ironic” YouTube covers of Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” and Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot,” will perform on the Feb. 11 episode of “SNL.” Which ugh.
“SNL” has a very solid batting average when it comes to booking its musical guests, so how did this one slip past the gatekeepers? The show’s seal of approval is usually reserved for career artists or up-and-comers with a genuine buzz — argue about this weekend’s musical act Lana Del Rey all you want, but the time is right for her to make a big splash on the national stage — but the Karmin booking seems like a pretty heinous botch job. Even though the group has an album of originals due out later this year, its booking seems like an awkward attempt to cater to the comments section-dwelling online demo. What, Rebecca Black wasn’t available?
What other blunders has “SNL” made over its 37-year history? Here’s a short list of some of the worst musical acts to ever play Studio 8H, artists who should have never been on the show in the first place or who played and then quickly disappeared after. (I’d embed clips, but “SNL” is notoriously protective of its content online. Hrmph.)