If you’re wondering who’s singing with Eminem on SNL, it’s Skylar Gray

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“Holly Brook Hafermann (born February 23, 1986), better known by her stage name Skylar Grey, is an American singer and songwriter from Mazomanie, Wisconsin. In 2004, under the pseudonym Holly Brook, at the age of 17, she signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group as well as a recording contract with American rock band Linkin Park’s Machine Shop Recordings label imprint. In 2006, she also released her debut studio album Like Blood Like Honey, under the aforementioned labels.

In 2010, she co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna’s hit single “Love the Way You Lie”, alongside Eminem and British record producer Alex da Kid, who subsequently signed her to his label imprint, KIDinaKORNER. Grey is also best known as a guest vocalist on several hit singles, including Fort Minor’s “Where’d You Go”, Diddy’s “Coming Home”, Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor”, Nicki Minaj’s “Bed of Lies” and Macklemore’s “Glorious”.

Grey’s second album, Don’t Look Down, was released in July 2013, under KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records. The album produced four singles including the Eminem-assisted lead single “C'mon Let Me Ride”. Grey’s third studio release, Natural Causes, was issued in September 2016.

Stage name: Grey explained that she thought her stage name “represents the unknowns in life. People seem to be afraid of the unknowns, but I’m the complete opposite. I dive into the unknown because I feel like that’s where all your possibilities come from." She explained to Beatweek that she chose "grey” with an e rather than an because “I like to do things the original way” and because “it’s more masculine. I’m not a very feminine person.”


On Saturday Night Live 41 years ago, Paul Simon came out on stage in a turkey suit and began singing his latest hit “Still Crazy After All These Years”.

For SNL’s Thanksgiving show for its second season (Nov. 20, 1976), Lorne Michaels thought it would be hilarious for one of the show’s regulars (it was Simon’s third appearance despite the fact the show was barely a year old) come out in front of a live audience in a ridiculous getup, so completely out-of-character with the singer’s serious, staid persona.  Indeed, Simon only made it through a few bars of the song before stopping to remark how absurd the whole scene was.

“You know, I said, when the turkey concept was first brought up, I said there’s a very good chance I’m gonna end up looking stupid if I come out wearing it,” Simon told the audience. “I mean, everyone said, ‘Oh, it’s Thanksgiving, go ahead.’

Simon’s costume was so large, he couldn’t even fit through his dressing room door.