The Super Bowl halftime show in 2021 will provide all the excitement as your weekend draws to a close.
That’s because The Weeknd (no, there’s no typo) will be performing at Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Fla., As the latest in a long line of high-end musical artists to take the stage midway through the Super Bowl football action. The Weeknd brings a wide range of musical genres to their repertoire that should make for a halftime show that will wow everyone on your Super Bowl night.
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The Weeknd is a Canadian artist whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. His stage name, according to Tesfaye, has just been a high school dropout who “left for a weekend and never came home”. This third “e” is missing only because there is already a Canadian band known as The Weekend, so the spelling has been changed to avoid copyright issues.
A year ago, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez took the stage for the halftime show in Miami. While The Weeknd isn’t quite an artist at Bruno Mars’ level, his halftime performance might remind many of Bruno’s varied setlist at the 2014 Super Bowl.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Super Bowl 55 halftime, including scheduled start time and a full roster of performances throughout the game’s history.
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Who plays Super Bowl 55 at halftime?
The Weeknd will be performing at halftime for Super Bowl 55. Canadian singer-songwriter whose full name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, The Weeknd is expected to present a varied setlist on the Tampa, Florida stage.
There have been no announcements of additional performers, although typically a second star is found on stage at some point during the halftime show. The Weeknd will follow a 2020 halftime show starring Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in Miami.
What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start?
The Super Bowl halftime show will likely start shortly after 8 p.m. ET. The game itself starts around 6.30am, so the first half should end around 90 minutes later.
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Who is The Weeknd?
The Weeknd is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose full name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. Although her music spans a number of different genres, she has a strong R&B influence.
The Weeknd’s stage name comes from Tesfaye leaving for a weekend and never coming home during high school, choosing to drop out instead. He will be 31 just over a week after playing the Super Bowl, with his birthday on February 16.
The Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards. He burst into the mainstream with his song “Can’t Feel My Face”.
Are performers paid for the Super Bowl halftime show?
No, halftime Super Bowl performers don’t get paid. The NFL covers the cost of performance.
For artists invited to perform at the Super Bowl during halftime, the publicity is more than enough “compensation”.
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Who sings the national anthem at Super Bowl 55?
The NFL announced on January 19 that the singers for the national anthem at Super Bowl 55 will be Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan. Church is a highly acclaimed country artist, while Sullivan has been a fixture on the R&B charts as a premier singer.
As part of the pre-game festivities, there will also be a performance of America the Beautiful. It will be sung by HER, another R&B artist who has received 13 Grammy nominations in the past three years.
History of the performers of the Super Bowl halftime shows
|super bowl||Year||Interpreter (s)|
|I||1967||Universities of Arizona and Michigan Grambling University Bands|
|II||1968||“Old Man Winter Takes Vacation in Miami” Featuring Seven Local Miami-Area High School Groups|
|III||1969||“America Thanks” with Florida A&M University|
|V||1971||Florida A&M Band|
|WE||1972||“Hi Louis Armstrong” with Ella Ftizgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the US Marine Coprs Drill Team|
|VII||1973||“Happiness Is …” with the group from the University of Michigan and Woody Herman|
|VIII||1974||“A Musical America” with University of Texas Band|
|IX||1975||“Homage to Duke Eillington” with Mercer Ellington and the Grambling University Groups|
|X||1976||“200 years and just a baby” Tribute to the American bicentennial|
|XI||1977||“It’s a Small World” with crowd participation for the first time with spectators waving a colorful sign at the signal|
|XII||1978||“From Paris to Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt|
|XIII||1979||“Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean groups|
|XIV||1980||“A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People|
|XV||nineteen eighty one||“A Mardi Gras Festival”|
|XVI||1982||“A tribute to the 60s and Motown”|
|XVII||1983||“KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of colors and sounds)|
|XVIII||1984||“Super Bowl XVIII Salute to Silver Screen Superstars”|
|XIX||1985||“A world of children’s dreams”|
|XX||1986||“Beat of the Future”|
|XXI||1987||“Hail to Hollywood’s 100th anniversary”|
|XXII||1988||“Something Grand” with 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker|
|XXIII||1989||“Be Bop Bamboozled” with 3D effects|
|XXIV||1990||“Hail to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of the Peanuts Characters, with Trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas|
|XXV||1991||“A small worldwide tribute to the 25 years of the Super Bowl” featuring the new children of the neighborhood|
|XXVI||1992||“Winter Magic” with a tribute to the winter season and the Winter Olympics with Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill|
|XXVII||1993||“Heal the World” with Michael Jackson|
|XXVIII||1994||“Rockin Country Sunday” with Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd|
|XXIX||1995||“Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” with Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine|
|XXXI||1997||“Blues Brothers Bash” with Dan Akroyd, John Goodman, James Belushi, James Brown and ZZ Top|
|XXXII||1998||“A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations|
|XXXIII||1999||“Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” with Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover|
|XXXIV||2000||“A Tapestry of Nations” with Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and Toni Braxton|
|XXXV||2001||“The Kings of Rock and Pop” with Aerosmith, * N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly|
|XXXVII||2003||Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting|
|XXXVIII||2004||Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake|
|XL||2006||The rolling stones|
|XLII||2008||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers|
|XLIII||2009||Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band|
|XLV||2011||Black-eyed peas, Usher, Slash|
|XLVI||2012||Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, MIA and Nicki Minaj|
|XLVII||2013||Beyoncé with Destiny’s Child guests|
|XLVIII||2014||Bruno Mars with Red Hot Chili Peppers guests|
|XLIX||2015||Katy Perry with her guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz|
|50||2016||Coldplay with the guys Beyoncé and Bruno Mars|
|LIII||2019||Maroon 5 with his guests Travis Scott and Big Boi|
|LIFE||2020||Shakira and Jennifer Lopez|