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Drake is will be SNL's host and musical guest on Jan. 18.

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Drake is will be SNL's host and musical guest on Jan. 18.

NEW YORK -- It'll be double duty for Drake on Jan. 18, as he takes to the Saturday Night Live stage as host and musical guest on the first new show for 2014.

The Canadian rapper/actor is up for four Grammy Awards, which will be given out on Jan. 26.

Jonah Hill returns for his third hosting stint on Jan. 25. The Oscar-nominated actor is currently starring in The Wolf of Wall Street. He recently defended the film and its rampant F-bombs. U.K. band Bastille, known for their single Pompeii, join Hill for their SNL debut.

Meanwhile, get ready for Seth Meyers' last show, which will be Feb. 1.

Later this month, SNL will be adding a black woman to its cast after being criticized for a lack of diversity.

NBC said Monday that Sasheer Zamata will join the show in January. She is a recent University of Virginia graduate who has worked for the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group in New York City.

SNL hasn't had a black woman among its regular cast members since the biracial Maya Rudolph left in 2007. It has had four black women in its regular troupe since premièring in 1975.

It became an issue earlier this season after the show's two black male cast members, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson, made comments about the absence. It also was joked about onscreen when African-American actress Kerry Washington of Scandal was a guest host.


-- USA Today, The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 7, 2014 D2

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