This Saturday, Leon Bridges will continue a breakout year by performing on Saturday Night Live on Dec. 5, two weeks after performing with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on the 2015 American Music Awards. For the neo-soul crooner, 2015 has been more than a year to remember: With a Top 10 debut for his first album Coming Home, an original song from Concussion vying for an Oscar nomination and a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Bridges tells Fuse that SNL is yet another feather in his increasingly heavy cap.
“I’ve been handed so many great opportunities—the opportunity to write for the film, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Macklemore song, and now SNL,” he says. “It’s totally crazy. I remember we were waiting to see what was going to happen with [SNL], and we were able to get it right before the year ends. It’s cool that we’re going out with a bang.”
It should be noted that Bridges’ SNL performance comes two weeks after Adele took the stage, and two weeks before Bruce Springsteen’s Dec. 19 set on the show. “That’s freakin’ awesome,” Bridges gushes. “Not bad at all! And Chance The Rapper the week after me, which is really great.”
Meanwhile, Bridges is excited about sharing the Saturday Night Live stage with Saturday’s host, Ryan Gosling—and concedes that the actor will be the one commanding the attention throughout the evening.
“All the ladies will be watching and of course be watching [Gosling], while being like, ‘Who’s that ugly guy playing music?’” Bridges says with a laugh.
Two days after the SNL performance, the 2016 GRAMMY nominations will be announced—and some (including Fuse!) believe that Bridges has a good shot at snagging nods in categories like the best new artist award. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter admits that, yes, a GRAMMY nomination is something he does think about.
“At first, I wasn’t really worried about it, but now that it’s a possibility… it’d be cool to even get nominated,” he notes. “If that happens, oh my God! The fact that it’s even a possibility is pretty wild for me.”
Click here for more with Bridges, including the making of his Macklemore collaboration, “Kevin.”