Fans anxious to see how Ariana Grande would fare on this weekend’s premiere of ‘SNL’s 44th season were dealt a crushing blow when it was confirmed the songstress dropped out as the evening’s musical guest.

As has been widely reported, Grande has been mourning the unexpected death of rapper/ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, so much so it was announced she is set to take a year off of recording for “time to heal” (click here to read more).

Never to fear, however, as Kanye West‘s coming to the rescue:

The longtime-running live sketch comedy’s creator and executive producer, Lorne Michaels, revealed West will be the musical act for this season’s opening after Grande canceled her scheduled performance.

“We had Ariana drop out for emotional reasons two days ago,” Michaels said. “And then Kanye stepped up, so he’ll be there.”

Note:  The interview was recorded on September 17, 2018 but not released until September 27th.

The performance will arrive on the day ‘Yandhi,’ the rapper’s long-awaited new album, hits digital shelves.

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