Kate McKinnon opens 'SNL' with beautiful tribute to Leonard Cohen

Kate McKinnon performs "Hallelujah" on "Saturday Night Live" on November 12, 2016.

NEW YORK (WTHR) - Coming off a tumultuous elecion week, "Saturday Night Live" opened Saturday's show with a beautiful tribute to late songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Kate McKinnon, who portrayed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the election cycle, sat at a piano in a white pantsuit and performed Cohen's "Hallelujah."

Cohen died Thursday at the age of 82.

At the end of the song, McKinnon turned to the audience and, in character as Clinton, said "I'm not giving up and neither should you."

Comedian Dave Chappelle hosted the show Saturday for the first time and was joined in a later sketch about Tuesday's election by fellow comedian Chris Rock.

"A Tribe Called Quest" was the musical guest, paying tribute to late bandmate Phife Dawg, who passed away in March.