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Justin Bieber to Host and Perform on 'SNL'

Pop star will take over February 9th episode

Justin Bieber performing in Washington, D.C. on December 11, 2012
Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012
January 8, 2013 1:00 PM ET

Justin Bieber just might pull double duty soon as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. "Maybe I'm hosting and performing on SNL. . . maybe. :)" tweeted the pop star today.

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A Bieber-filled SNL would come as a bit of good news for the singer, who's gotten off to a rocky start in 2013. On January 1st, a paparazzi photographer was struck by a car and killed after snapping a picture of Bieber's Ferrari; he mistakenly believed the singer was smoking marijuana in the vehicle, though Bieber was not at the scene. Later, pictures of Bieber allegedly smoking weed on New Year's Eve surfaced. Bieber closed out last year in the midst of continuous breakup rumors with Selena Gomez and caught flack for his unflattering outfit worn while meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister.

UPDATE, 1/8: According to Billboard, Bieber will serve as host and musical guest for the February 9th episode of SNL, behind the January 29th release of his upcoming Believe Acoustic album. He last appeared on SNL in April 2010, acting in a sketch with the night's host, Tina Fey, and performing "U Smile."

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