IN what is widely regarded as the biggest performance slot in the music business, the Super Bowl Halftime Show returns this weekend as the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.
Halftime Show sponsors Pepsi called this year’s performance “the most anticipated Super Bowl halftime show ever”, as a star-studded line-up of Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar are due to take the stage on Sunday evening. Watch the official trailer for the show below:
The soft drink giant went on to say that this could be “the greatest 12 minutes in music entertainment the world has ever seen,” and while that might be a bit of a stretch, having these five illustrious names all on stage together is a more-than-tantalising proposition.
Super Bowl LVI is the first Los Angeles-based Super Bowl in 30 years. The Halftime Show regularly pulls in over 100 million viewers, and this year it’s produced by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, with three of the stars (Dre, Snoop, and Kendrick) are West Coast legends and the remaining pair (Eminem and Blige) are two of Dr. Dre’s biggest collaborators.
2021 saw The Weeknd put on a memorable performance at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, during which he performed huge hits like Starboy, Blinding Lights and The Hills whilst apparently losing his way in the stage apparatus, much to the delight of the internet.
But with a setlist that will include iconic tracks like Still D.R.E, Gin & Juice, Lose Yourself, Humble, Family Affair, California Love and more, this year’s show has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory.
Meanwhile, according to the Detroit Free Press, Eminem will be making history on Sunday as he plans to bring out Sean Forbes and Warren ‘WaWa’ Snipe, two deaf rappers from Detroit who are set to become to first deaf artists to perform during a Super Bowl halftime show.
It’s reported that Forbes and WaWa will perform interpretations of the headliners’ songs in American Sign Language (ASL), marking the first time the NFL has incorporated ASL into a halftime performance.
Described as “an elevated accessibility experience”, the renditions are due to be made available through the NBC Sports website and app.
Touching on what it means to join Eminem for this year’s Halftime Show, Forbes told the Detroit Free Press: “The doors to accessibility are busted wide open with something like this.”
“My goal is to get out there, show what we can do, and have fun,” he continued. “And I want to open the door for other deaf performers.”
Some information about how to watch Super Bowl LVI can be found below:
Who: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams
When: Sunday, February 13, 2022
Where: SoFi Stadium | Inglewood, California
Time: 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC