There are three things that people talk about after the grandest NFL game of the year: the Super Bowl.
First, the general public discusses which commercials were great and which ones were either confusing or lame.
Second, die-hard football fans and experts dissect the game to single out the moments wherein the winning team got the momentum.
Third, entertainment and music lovers give their views about the halftime show.
Halftime amusement has been a part of the big game since the start.
However, it’s usually marching bands that take center stage in the Super Bowl’s early years.
In the 70s, they did have some celebrity performers like Carol Channing, Ella Fitzgerald, and Andy Williams.
But the halftime spectacle came to mainstream prominence in 1993 when Michael Jackson performed in Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
— Mental Floss (@mental_floss) February 8, 2021
Since then, the music industry’s who’s who performed a mini-concert based on a yearly theme.
Super Bowl XXXII halftime show’s theme was a salute to Motown’s 40th anniversary and the likes of Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, and The Temptations performed.
Perhaps the most dramatic show of them all was U2’s tribute in Super Bowl XXXVI to those who perished during the September 11 attacks.
The theme got scrapped starting in 2005, and the league invited one performer, be it a solo act or a group.
This format elevated the halftime show further as luminaries like Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake took turns to amuse the worldwide audience.
Halftime Shows com maior audiência na HISTÓRIA do Super Bowl 📊
#1. Katy Perry (2015) – 118.5M
#2. Lady Gaga (2017) – 118M
#3. Coldplay, B.M. & Beyoncé (2016) – 115.5M
#4. Bruno Mars (2014) – 115.3M
#5. Madonna (2012) – 114.1M
#6. Beyoncé (2013) – 110.8M pic.twitter.com/k1Se0wcXCg
— dan ✨ (@heyyyydannnn) October 1, 2021
Last year, The Weekend took center stage at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, for the Super Bowl LV halftime show.
This year, hip-hop fans won’t contain their excitement for the list of performers.
A Festival Of Rap Beats
Hip-hop will be in the limelight in the upcoming show as the performers span generations of the genre’s vibrant history.
Andre Romelle Young, more popularly known as Dr. Dre, rose to fame with the gangsta rap group N.W.A in the mid-80s with Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and the late Eazy-E.
— Dr. Dre (@drdre) April 9, 2016
He eventually became an entrepreneur via Beats by Dr. Dre, which he and Jimmy Iovine sold to Apple.
Dr. Dre is also a famed record producer that helped launch the careers of the other Super Bowl LVI performers.
In 1993, he produced Snoop Dogg’s debut album Doggystyle, the fastest-selling debut album by a hip-hop artist and a four-time platinum record.
He released 18 studio albums, with the latest entitled “From tha Streets 2 tha Suites” coming out in April of this year.
— The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) September 28, 2021
Meanwhile, it was also Dr. Dre who gave Eminem his big break with the release of The Slim Shady LP in 1999.
That album went quadruple platinum, and Marshall Mathers III became the most critically acclaimed and controversial hip-hop artist.
Billboard named him the Artist of the 2000s, and he went on to have ten number-one albums in the Billboard 200.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) September 29, 2021
Likewise, Kendrick Lamar signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records in 2012 and has released four albums since.
Three of his albums are part of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) September 30, 2021
Finally, Dr. Dre and Mary J. Blige co-wrote the 2001 hit Family Affair with Bruce Miller, Camara Kambon, and Michael Elizondo.
Known as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Blige is a nominee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2021 and has also transitioned into a successful movie and TV career.
I am excited to share the trailer for my new documentary. Get ready to learn the story behind the most inspiring albums of all time in #MJBMyLife with Yours Truly!! Coming June 25th to @PrimeVideo pic.twitter.com/S4yNMvcrZH
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) June 1, 2021
Super Bowl LVI will be on February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California.