D’Angelo: ‘SNL’ Performance is Provocative

D'Angelo and The Vanguard appear on Saturday Night Live.  (Photo Credit: NBC)

D’Angelo and The Vanguard appear on Saturday Night Live.
(Photo Credit: NBC)

Soul singer D’Angelo returned to television with his band The Vanguard on this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live. The eccentric singer played two songs from his ‘Black Messiah’ album, “The Charade” and “Really Love.”  D’Angelo kicked off the set with “Really Love.”

Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone writes:

“For the Black Messiah track, D’Angelo wore a hoodie to salute Trayvon Martin while the Vanguard donned shirts with the words “I Can’t Breathe,” a tribute to Eric Garner. On the Studio 8H floor laid a chalk outline of a human body, D’Angelo’s nod to the song’s lyrics and Michael Brown.”

Black Messiah is D’Angelo’s first studio album in 14 years.

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