Ed Sheeran has been cleared from Covid just in time for this weekend’s performance with host Kieran Culkin.
Sheeran, who tested positive for COVID-19 the day after he was announced as a performer on Saturday Night Live, has completed his quarantine and has been cleared to appear on this week’s show, Variety reports.
“Posting this pic to say I’m released from covid isolation today, so if you see me out and about I’ve had the all clear and done my quarantine,” the singer posted on Instagram. “Excited to hit the ground running with work again, and SNL is still on, so tune in Saturday, see you there x.”
Sheeran, whose fourth full-length album, =, was released on Friday, was forced to cancel or postpone several appearances, interviews and performances in support of the album in order to quarantine. “I’m obviously still in COVID isolation but please let me know what you think when it’s out,” he wrote ahead of the project’s release. “Gonna be having a solo party tonight and tomorrow to celebrate.”
“= (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me,” Sheeran said when announcing the album in August. “My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”
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Taylor Swift is performing on November 13’s episode with host Jonathan Majors. Swift recently took the stage at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame over the weekend and sang the Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” — a song that was co-written by inductee Carole King.
King was visibly moved following Swift’s performance, wiping away tears, and the emotion just continued to pour out with an incredible video package that featured comments from a diverse group of musicians and fans from Olivia Rodrigo to Tom Hanks to Alicia Keys.
Swift later returned to the stage to properly induct King, mentioning how her parents were massive fans of King and recalled a story her dad told her when he was younger and dating someone, and this woman asked him if there were any songs that reminded him of her.
“He responded with his favorite song: ‘It’s Too Late,’” said Swift, with the crowd erupting with laughter at the fact that he named a devastating breakup song. (Obviously, that relationship didn’t last too long after that awkward moment, Swift noted.)
When it was time to take the stage, King thanked Swift first and said, in a nod from one singer-songwriter to another, “Thank you for carrying the torch forward.”