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Miley Cyrus parties into the early hours with Elon Musk and Grimes at SNL afterparty

Miley Cyrus joined the party on Saturday evening as Elon Musk celebrated his Saturday Night Live hosting debut with girlfriend Grimes. 

The controversial business magnate divided fans after becoming the latest high profile figure to take the reins of the long-running show on May 8th. 

But the mixed opinion was put to one side as Musk, 49, partied in to the early hours with Grimes – real name Claire Boucher – and SNL co-star Miley in New York City. 

Here the come: Musk partied in to the early hours with Grimes - real name Claire Boucher - and close friend Miley in New York City

Incoming: Miley Cyrus joined the party on Saturday evening as Elon Musk celebrated his Saturday Night Live hosting debut with girlfriend Grimes

Sporting a garish striped sweater with fringed sleeves and an oversized, off-the-shoulder silhouette, Miley, 28, ensured she caught the eye while making her way into Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel in the Lower East Side.

The singer added to her look with a pair of cropped trousers, while stylish black leather boots and a matching handbag rounded things off.

In accordance with current health and safety guidelines she shielded her face behind a protective mask as she made her way across the sidewalk with a bodyguard.  

Hard to miss: Sporting a striped sweater with fringed sleeves and an oversized silhouette, Miley ensured she caught the eye while making her way into Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel in the Lower East Side

Hard to miss: Sporting a striped sweater with fringed sleeves and an oversized silhouette, Miley ensured she caught the eye while making her way into Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel in the Lower East Side

Eccentric: Grimes - real name Claire Boucher - wore a typically outlandish outfit during her latest public appearance with Musk on Saturday evening

Eccentric: Grimes – real name Claire Boucher – wore a typically outlandish outfit during her latest public appearance with Musk on Saturday evening 

Meanwhile the heavily tattooed Grimes, 33, looked typically outlandish in a patterned bodysuit and check skirt as she accompanied Musk into the venue.

She completed her look with a pair of chunky buckled boots, while a distinctive band kept her centre-parted hair in place. 

Conversely, Musk opted for a sober looking bomber jacket and jeans as he celebrated his SNL appearance.  

Notable: A distinctive band kept her centre-parted hair in place as she partied with the soberly dressed Musk

Notable: A distinctive band kept her centre-parted hair in place as she partied with the soberly dressed Musk 

Finishing touches: Miley added to her look with a pair of cropped trousers, while stylish black leather boots and a matching handbag rounded things off

Staying safe: In accordance with current health and safety guidelines she shielded her face behind a protective mask

Finishing touches: Miley added to her look with a pair of cropped trousers, while stylish black leather boots and a matching handbag rounded things off 

You're surrounded: Musk was accompanied by an assortment of fans and bodyguards as he stepped out following his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live

You’re surrounded: Musk was accompanied by an assortment of fans and bodyguards as he stepped out following his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live

Earlier that evening Musk and Miley appeared in a Mars-themed SNL sketch, featuring Pete Davidson’s fan-favorite character Chad.

The snippet took place on a SpaceX station on Mars in the supposed near future, when a human colony there ran into trouble.

Musk, of course, is the real-life founder, CEO, CTO, and chief designer of SpaceX.

Upbeat: Miley appeared to be in high spirits as she prepared to let her hair down on Saturday

Upbeat: Miley appeared to be in high spirits as she prepared to let her hair down on Saturday 

Make way: Grimes was seen climbing into the back of a car after partying in New York until 6am

Make way: Grimes was seen climbing into the back of a car after partying in New York until 6am

The decision to tap the Tesla CEO and ‘Technoking’ Elon Musk to host the NBC sketch comedy show was seen as a risky gambit by creator Lorne Michaels to boost ratings and expand audience.

For the first time in SNL’s 46-year history, the episode featuring Musk aired live internationally on YouTube in more than 100 countries. The stream was not available to U.S. viewers.

‘SNL is a global phenomenon and this livestream marks the first time audiences around the world will experience the show simultaneously along with the US,’ Frances Berwick, chairman of NBCU’s entertainment networks, said in a statement.

Fun: Earlier that evening Musk and Miley appeared in a Mars-themed SNL sketch

Fun: Earlier that evening Musk and Miley appeared in a Mars-themed SNL sketch

 Fun: Earlier that evening Musk and Miley appeared in a Mars-themed SNL sketch

Guess who: The skit featured Pete Davidson's fan-favorite character Chad

Guess who: The skit featured Pete Davidson’s fan-favorite character Chad

‘It’s incredibly exciting to create this worldwide event with host Elon Musk and musical guest Miley Cyrus,’ he added. 

Saturday’s episode of the show quickly became one of the most hotly-anticipated of all time, due to the decision to cast the controversial Tesla boss as host for the evening.

The decision drew an instant backlash from its long-running cast members when it surfaced last month, with many making digs at Musk on social media.

Musical guest: Saturday's episode featured Miley performing two songs, including the self-titled track on her latest record Plastic Hearts

Musical guest: Saturday’s episode featured Miley performing two songs, including the self-titled track on her latest record Plastic Hearts

Even hours before the live show, tensions were still simmering with sources saying some cast members ‘are getting a little too big for their britches.’

Musk’s girlfriend Grimes also hinted she will be joining him and Miley in an Instagram post where she told fans: ‘Tune into SNL tonight and watch me try acting’.

Grimes did appear as Princess Peach for the Mario Trial.

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