Phoebe Bridgers knows how to leave an impression. The singer-songwriter made her debut as the musical guest on the Feb. 6 episode of Saturday Night Live, which was hosted by Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, with a memorable performance.
Bridgers kicked off her two-song set with “Kyoto,” the second single off her sophomore album, 2020’s Punisher. Like in the song’s video, the artist — and her backup musicians — sport skeleton onesies while performing the tune, which is up for the best rock song and best rock performance Grammys.
For her second song, the 26-year-old offered up Punisher’s “I Know the End” on a darkened stage bathed in soft red lights, her skeleton onesie gone, though the baubles she wore resembled a rib cage. She once again started soft and dreamy, but about two thirds of the way into the tune, Bridgers let loose, her guitar roaring, the singer-songwriter screaming at the top of her lungs.
Bridgers eventually walked to the front of the stage toward an amp, and for the last 30 seconds or so, repeatedly smashed her guitar against the amp — causing sparks to fly — eventually giving the amp a kick for good measure and finally dropping her instrument to end the set.
Bridgers, who is based in Los Angeles, is up for a total of four Grammys this year. In addition to the two she’s earned for “Kyoto,” the musician is up for best new artist — in which she’s up against Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Ingrid Andress and others — and best alternative music album for Punisher. The Grammys are set to air March 14 on CBS.
Watch Bridgers’ performances of “Kyoto” and “I Know the End” below.