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Chris Stapleton Booked as Musical Guest on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Country music fans will need to stay up late on Jan. 16: Chris Stapleton will be the musical guest on that night’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

NBC announced the news in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 5). The episode featuring Stapleton will be SNL‘s first in 2016. Adam Driver will be the evening’s host.

Stapleton is one of many country stars to appear on Saturday Night Live during the show’s four-decade run. Most recently, Blake Shelton acted as the sketch comedy show’s host and musical guest in January of 2015. Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift are also among those who have hosted and performed.

Since his big night at November’s 2015 CMA Awards, during which he won Album of the YearNew Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, Stapleton has been flying high: His debut solo album, Traveller, landed in the No. 1 spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 following the CMAs, and he’s been earning new fans and racking up more critical acclaim.

“It’s unbelievable,” Stapleton reflects of his CMA Awards successes. “This is an unbelievable thing, and I’m not going to take it lightly.”

However, he admits, “I have no idea what’s next … It’s been a bit overwhelming, but I’m going to do my best to handle it with some degree of grace. I’m gonna keep making music that hopefully I think is good, and whatever comes out of that, that will be fine with me.”

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