Sound Check

Adam Levine set to host “Saturday Night Live”

Adam Levine will be hosting "Saturday Night Live" (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

On Jan. 26, Maroon 5 frontman and “The Voice” coach Adam Levine will host “Saturday Night Live” with rap star Kendrick Lamar as musical guest.

This isn’t the first time Levine has appeared on the show; Maroon 5 has performed multiple times and the 33-year-old singer appeared in the “SNL” digital short “Iran So Far Away."

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While we gear up to see Levine take on the role of host, let’s look at a few of the past hits and misses when musicians take the helm on “SNL.”

MISS: Jon Bon Jovi in 2007
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi stepped up to host “SNL” in Oct. 2007, but fell flat while playing himself in sketches where he came out of a poster on Amy Poehler’s bedroom wall and in the story of how he named his band.


HIT: Justin Timberlake in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2011
Every time former 'N Sync boy band member Justin Timberlake stops by “SNL,” you know that you are in for a good time. In addition to hosting the show, Timberlake has also joined cast member Andy Samberg for hilarious digital shorts like “Dick In A Box” and “Motherlover.”

MISS: Paris Hilton in 2005
While in the process of recording her debut album “Paris,” the heiress hosted “SNL” and was subsequently called out by show alum Tina Fey on “The Howard Stern Show” who called her a “piece of sh-t” and said that Hilton was “proud of how dumb she is.”

HIT: Bruno Mars in 2012
When “Locked Out of Heaven” hitmaker Bruno Mars hosted and acted as musical guest last Oct., the show received the season’s highest ratings in seven months, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Check out our favourite clip from the show where Mars is a Pandora employee and must sing songs by artists like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Michael Jackson.


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