Jimmy Fallon has teamed up with Ariana Grande and Megan Thee Stallion for a COVID-19 Christmas tune, “It Was A… (Masked Christmas).” Oh and btw it’s not a Tonight Show sketch, it’s an actual single, released on a major label.
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After only hearing it once it’s already stuck in our heads, so obviously mission accomplished, well at least one part of the mission. Acting as a catchy PSA, the song, besides being a 80s inspired bop, aims to remind everyone to get a booster shot of their vaccine of choice. So that this year’s Christmas can be better than the last.
Talking about the song before debuting it’s music video on Monday night’s episode of The Tonight Show, Fallon said — “It’s basically about how last year was just rough on everybody. I wanted to say ‘it’s going to get better. It really is going to get better, trust me’… And also think about what funny things have happened while we were in lockdown, like putting Purell on everything or going on a Zoom, Zooming your grandpa and grandma and seeing where the Wi-Fi works best.”
After a proper Megan Thee Stallion opener, Ari and Jimmy decked out if fabulous winter fashions, sing the tracks first lines, “It was a masked Christmas, we stayed in the house / We covered our nose and covered our mouth / But it’s Christmas time / We’ll be in line for a booster”
Then Megan shows up for her verse, in a nurse outfit (and syringes as nails to match), to declare this holiday season will not be spent quarantining on the couch again.
“This year hang that mistletoe / Imma kiss everybody that I know / This year’s different, you can tell / Deck those halls and jingle bells / Put Purell on everything / turkey, eggnog, candy cane”.
At one point in the visual all three of them dance together in ski gear, and they’re not the only ones dancing. An abominable snowman looking dude covered in masks from head to toe is also seen throwing it back at random points in the song. They also served up some “Bohemian Rhapsody” floating heads moments, as well as as some over the top (or just enough) sad looking out the window moments. Honestly, a true piece of pandemic history if you ask us.
If you haven’t already, check it out for yourself below.