Jay-Z appeared on “SNL” over the weekend (May 8), where he performed his latest single “Young Forever,” and helped the live sketch show garner their highest ratings in over a year.
88-year-old actress Betty White served as host, mentioning her age several times throughout the evening. So when Jay performed the single, he dedicated it to her.
“This is dedicated to the most incredible Betty White,” Jay said, at the end of the song with Mr. Hudson.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the episode featuring White and Jay drew in the highest overnight ratings “Saturday Night Live” has seen in about a year and a half. Nielsen said it averaged an 8.8 rating/21 share among 56 local markets.
Throughout the evening, the rapper performed a medley of songs including “P.S.A.,” “99 Problems,” and “Empire State Of Mind.” Then, closed things out with “Young Forever.”
Jay was also rumored to appear in a sketch with White on “SNL,” but it never happened, so he shouted her out instead.
When the show ended, Jay joined White on stage as she signed off, wrapping his arm across the actress’ shoulders while she thanked the cast, audience and everyone else for the opportunity to serve as “SNL” host.