The Super Bowl halftime show in 2021 will provide quite the excitement as your weekend moves toward its conclusion.
That’s because The Weeknd (no, there’s no typo there) will perform at Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, Florida, as the latest in a long line of high-end musical artists to take the stage halfway through the Super Bowl’s football action. The Weeknd brings a wide range of musical genres in his repertoire that should allow for a halftime show that has some appeal for everyone at your Super Bowl party.
The Weeknd is a Canadian artist whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. His stage name, according to Tesfaye, comes from being a high school dropout who “left one weekend and never came home.” It’s missing that third ‘e’ only because there’s already a Canadian band known as The Weekend, so the spelling was modified 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 entertainer on the level of Bruno Mars, his halftime performance could remind many of Bruno’s varied setlist at the 2014 Super Bowl.
Here’s everything to know about this year’s Super Bowl 55 halftime show, including expected start time and a full list of performances throughout the game’s history.
Who is performing during halftime of Super Bowl 55?
The Weeknd will perform during halftime of Super Bowl 55. A Canadian singer-songwriter whose full name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, The Weeknd should bring a wide-ranging setlist to the stage in Tampa, Florida.
There haven’t been announcements about supplementary performers, although usually a second star finds their way onto the stage at some point during the halftime show. The Weeknd will be following up a 2020 halftime show that featured 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 kicks off at about 6:30, so the first half should end about 90 minutes later.
Who is The Weeknd?
The Weeknd is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose full name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. While his music touches on a number of different genres, it has a heavy R&B influence.
The Weeknd’s stage name comes from Tesfaye leaving for a weekend and never coming home during high school, instead choosing to drop out. He’ll turn 31 a bit more than a week after performing at the Super Bowl, with his birthday on Feb. 16.
The Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards. He broke heavily into the mainstream with his song “Can’t Feel My Face.”
Do performers get paid for the Super Bowl halftime show?
No, Super Bowl halftime performers do not get paid. The NFL does cover the cost of the performance.
For artists asked to perform at the Super Bowl during halftime, the publicity is more than enough “compensation.”
Who is singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 55?
The NFL announced on Jan. 19 that the national anthem singers at Super Bowl 55 will be Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan. Church is a highly acclaimed country artist, while Sullivan has been a fixture of R&B charts as a top-notch vocalist.
As part of the pregame festivities, there’ll also be a rendition of America the Beautiful. That’ll be sung by H.E.R., another R&B artist who’s received 13 Grammy nominations over the past three years.
History of Super Bowl halftime show performers
|I||1967||Universities of Arizona and Michigan Grambling University Bands|
|II||1968||“Old Man Winter Takes a Vacation in Miami” featuring seven local Miami-area high school bands|
|III||1969||“America Thanks” with Florida A&M University|
|V||1971||Florida A&M Band|
|VI||1972||“Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Ftizgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Coprs Drill Team|
|VII||1973||“Happiness Is…” with University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman|
|VIII||1974||“A Musical America” with University of Texas Band|
|IX||1975||“Tribute to Duke Eillington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands|
|X||1976||“200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial|
|XI||1977||“It’s a Small World” including crowd particiption for first time with spectators waving colored placard on cue|
|XII||1978||“From Paris to the 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 bands|
|XIV||1980||“A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People|
|XV||1981||“A Mardi Gras Festival”|
|XVI||1982||“A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”|
|XVII||1983||“KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)|
|XVIII||1984||“Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”|
|XIX||1985||“A World of Children’s Dreams”|
|XX||1986||“Beat of the Future”|
|XXI||1987||“Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”|
|XXII||1988||“Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker|
|XXIII||1989||“Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects|
|XXIV||1990||“Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas|
|XXV||1991||“A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block|
|XXVI||1992||“Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill|
|XXVII||1993||“Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson|
|XXVIII||1994||“Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd|
|XXIX||1995||“Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine|
|XXXI||1997||“Blues Brothers Bash” featuring 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” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover|
|XXXIV||2000||“A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton|
|XXXV||2001||“The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring 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 & The Heartbreakers|
|XLIII||2009||Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band|
|XLV||2011||The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash|
|XLVI||2012||Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj|
|XLVII||2013||Beyoncé with guests Destiny’s Child|
|XLVIII||2014||Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers|
|XLIX||2015||Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz|
|50||2016||Coldplay with guets Beyoncé and Bruno Mars|
|LIII||2019||Maroon 5 with guests Travis Scott and Big Boi|
|LIV||2020||Shakira and Jennifer Lopez|