There may have been some huge boys battling it out in the activity, but it was a night time of hip-hop heavyweights — furthermore, oddly, 50 Cent — at the Super Bowl LVI halftime present.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar rocked the stage at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California midway by way of the showdown in between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. And of program, they were joined by the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul herself, Mary J. Blige.
The clearly show opened with Dre and Dogg, representing the west coast, and a socially distanced occasion scene underneath them on a map of Los Angeles.
The legendary rappers then turned the show up-facet-down, actually, with an surprising general performance from 50 Cent — who appeared hanging from the platform underneath the rappers, reminiscent of his outdated college “In da Club” audio movie.
Blige’s party was subsequent: da Bronx’s Blige sparkled in thigh-significant mirrored boots with her hit “Family Affair.” Then, it was back to so-Cal with poet Lamar, in advance of Eminem’s common “Lose Yourself” refrain performed. Judging by the crowd’s applause, the Detroit rapper may perhaps have been the headliner.
But Dre’s piano riff echoed louder in Sofi Stadium, as the rapper brought all the performers back again together with dancers dressed as inmates undertaking underneath them.
It was a decidedly various vibe from very last year’s halftime present, when The Weeknd was the sole performer on the major phase in the recreation. And this testosterone-heavy affair was a significantly cry from the diva dance-off between Jennifer Lopez and Shakira in 2020.
It was Blige who experienced the most to get from remaining in the Tremendous Bowl spotlight: The 51-yr-old singer introduced her new album, “Good Early morning Stunning,” on Friday and could surely use the promotional increase that will absolutely arrive from her halftime efficiency.
Blige famously labored with Dr. Dre on one particular of her significant hits, “Family Affair,” and Dre has also collaborated with Eminem, Snoop and Lamar, so clearly the 56-year-old producer, rapper and mogul is the link concerning all of the halftime performers.
The halftime show marked a huge evening for black artists on the Tremendous Bowl stage, like Grammy-nominated nation singer Mickey Guyton, who done the countrywide anthem before kickoff. The 38-calendar year-aged Texas native sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” backed by a choir to depict the variety of The us.