The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Show was full of surprise guests and musical performers that have become a part of the groundbreaking show. One of those guests that definitely stunned the crowd was Kanye West who debuted his new track on television.
The Grammy-winning rapper performed in a black and white designed stage that made it look like an art installation. West wore casual trousers, a pair of boots, a hoodie, and some cutoff gloves during the performance, but the one thing that the crowd made notice of was West’s baby blue contact lens that helped complete his eerie outfit.
The colored contacts made the 37-year-old rap artist’s eyes look like the eyes of wolves, which is also the title of his latest single. After performing Jesus Walks and Only One, a song that he wrote and dedicated to his late mother Donda, Kanye debuted his latest single Wolves on live television. A clip of the song was previously released along with the teaser video of his collaboration with clothing brand, Adidas. West performed the single during the launch of his line of Yeezy shoes during New York Fashion Week, but this is the first time that West performed the track in front of millions of television viewers who tuned in during the show.
We’re still talking about those contacts @KanyeWest wore for his #SNL40 performance http://t.co/z72WEpqCH5 pic.twitter.com/PRwwCfqqwy
— People magazine (@peoplemag) February 16, 2015
Kanye West Performs at SNL 40 – “Jesus Walks… by DoubleAStreet
West was joined onstage by newcomer Vic Mensa and Sia who donned her now-infamous blonde wig that obscured her face from the cameras. Kim Kardashian tuned in during the show and tweeted out a clip of her husband’s performance with the caption: “Iconic moment!!! Kanye SNL!”
Iconic moment!!! Kanye SNL pic.twitter.com/gDM2vJtt0c
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 16, 2015
West played it cool during the show when Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprised their Wayne’s World characters and made fun of Kanye during their Top 10 skit. There were a lot of jokes thrown out during the three-hour show and it also featured a couple of musical guests aside from Kanye West and Sia. Paul McCartney was joined onstage by Paul Simon to perform a brief clip of The Beatles’ I’ve Just Seen a Face, while Miley Cyrus made a shockingly good performance of 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.