Betting on Who Will Perform at the Super Bowl 55 Halftime Show

By Jennifer Hassan in Super Bowl
| February 18, 2020 2:34 am PDT

There have been 54 Super Bowls now, and the halftime show gets bigger and bigger with each passing year. From marching bands to Broadway singers to more marching bands and finally on to Michael Jackson and Prince, the NFL halftime committee works hard to justify the astronomical price of a Super Bowl ticket.

Like with most aspects of the Super Bowl, the halftime show is another part of the big game that you can bet on. And at this point, it’s not known who is performing at Super Bowl 55.

Super Bowl 2021 halftime show odds are available at some online betting sites, and it can be a lot of fun to bet on who will perform.

Here’s a look at some of the early options for Super Bowl 55 halftime show betting.

Odds for Who Will Perform at Super Bowl 2021

  • Taylor Swift +500
  • Adele +800
  • Drake +800
  • Rihanna +900
  • Jay-Z +900

According to MyBookie, these are the five favorites to perform at the Super Bowl 55 halftime show.

The statisticians who come up with the odds at online sportsbooks are professionals, but even they can never know for sure how a game is going to go or which entertainers the Super Bowl halftime committee will choose. This is why it’s called “gambling.”

If you’re not familiar with all of the bets you can place on the Super Bowl, let me enlighten you. You can bet on the outcome of the game, of course. But did you know there are hundreds of side bets, called “prop bets” you can make?

In addition to betting on the potential halftime show artists, you can bet on things like which team will win the coin toss, how long the National Anthem will take to sing, which team will score first, and whether Joe Namath will show up to the game wearing a hugely fluffy fur coat. (As actor Christopher McDonald said, “The thing about Joe Namath is he’s cool. Just ask him, he’ll tell you.”)

Prop bets are, in my opinion, the most enjoyable part of any game. So, let’s look at some of the musical possibilities that could perform at the 2021 Super Bowl.

Taylor Swift +500

Say what you will about Taylor Swift, but you can’t deny that this artist just keeps pumping out the hits. From “Blank Space” to “Bad Blood” and “Style,” she stays in the public eye, which is the primary requirement for NFL halftime committee selection.

With eight albums and nearly 60 hit singles, MyBookie, one of my favorite online sportsbooks, has Taylor as the favorite to win the coveted halftime spot.

Currently, the odds are +500 on Taylor. This means if you bet $100, you can win $500 if she ends up being the halftime show headliner.

Adele +800

I love Adele, but for a halftime show? Her music feels to me like an opportunity to open a bottle wine, think about exes, and feel vindicated. Can you do that at the Super Bowl? Maybe. But do you want to?

Sportsbooks think she has a decent chance of headlining, with odds at +800. If Adele were paired with Eminem, we’d have vocals and energy and edge. Now, that’s an act I’d pay those big Super Bowl bucks to see. Although…I’d rather watch it at home and use the money to throw a hell of a party.

Drake +800

The “In My Feelings” hit generator is a vocal proponent of hordes of females in tiny cutoffs, twerking as if their blood pressure depended on it. Thus, his moderately mellow hip-hop sound might be a reasonable halftime show choice, as long as he brings his tiny-denim entourage.

Otherwise, Super Bowl 55 could just have the feel of a mellow day at home, with MTV playing in the background. Not that that’s a bad thing. But with seat tickets starting in the $5,000 range, I’m not sure I want a mellow day.

What do I want, you ask? I want to be PUMPED. I want to feel like WRECKING THINGS (even if it’s just brain cells). Alas, Twisted Sister is no longer top of the pops. So I have to place all of my faith in the halftime show committee.

Too bad the word “committee” sucks the life out of any idea. But they’ve had some winners. Michael Jackson ushered in the era of megastar halftime entertainment, and Prince turned enthusiasm into euphoria in 2007 when he played “Purple Rain” in a rare Super Bowl Sunday rainstorm.

Odds on Drake are at +800, the same as Adele.

Rihanna +900

Reportedly, Jay-Z is helping the NFL choose its halftime shows. Thus, it’s reasonable that Rihanna has a solid shot at being the darling of the Super Bowl 55 halftime show.

The odds on Rihanna being the pick of the halftime committee currently stand at +900. Clearly, the powers that be think Taylor Swift has a significantly better chance of being the pick. However, as noted above, no one can know for sure who will be up on that stage come February 2021.

What I do know is that Ri-Ri has some solid hits. I’d be down to hear “Pon de Replay” and “Where Have You Been” while sipping on gin and juice. Excuse me, forgot where I was for a moment. I meant, “while sipping on Coors Light from a plastic stadium cup (#NFLtrademarkallrightsreserved).”

And who doesn’t like Rihanna? Bringing a little Caribbean flavor to Tampa, Florida, on a warm February day could be the highlight of the day. But I want the teams pumped up, not sipping juicy drinks and thinking about sun and sand.

I vote for Rihanna only if they can’t hear her in the locker rooms over the AC/DC I think should be piped in there.

Jay-Z +900

Jay-Z’s odds of playing the Super Bowl 55 halftime show are at +900. This means he has less chances of playing than do the artists listed above, at least in the eyes of the sportsbooks.

However, he’s on the list because he helps to choose the entertainment, meaning there’s a possibility he’ll nominate himself. He has a sufficient discography to justify this choice.

If Jay-Z brought out Justin Timberlake for a solid rendition of “Holy Grail,” it could bring the house down.

Because Jay-Z produces so many artists, there is a chance that he would appear on stage to perform in a cameo role, but the bets are concerned with who is headlining the show. Cameo prop bets will appear closer to the big game.

Because the names of the artists who perform at halftime are so big and so talked about and lend hype to the game, we forget that the halftime show is only 30 minutes long. We’ll have to wait and see what can be crammed into that amount of time. Jay-Z or Not to Z? That is the question.

Other Singers Who Could Perform at Super Bowl 55

MyBookie’s options above are a good start to kick off your Super Bowl 55 halftime betting, but there are some other musicians who could be a good choice to headline the show. The artists below don’t have odds right now but could be worth keeping an eye on as the game gets closer.

Justin Bieber

This human news item not listed on the betting lines. I’m shocked. This guy is always making headlines. His foul-ups, addictions, and poor hairstyle choices are better than any public relations firm. His love life is at least as noteworthy as Trump’s mood swings.

In addition to the drama, the Biebs has enough hits to please the tweens and to make the oldsters feel young (and stupid) again. His remix of “Despacito” is a great song, even if you’re not a Belieber. So is “Love Yourself,” but it’s not arena rock by any means.

Does Justin have the kind of music that can keep the crowd pumped while their teams are regrouping? Perhaps.


Selena’s current heartbreak is sure to win a Grammy. She’s pumping out tunes right and left, all based on that best-selling of all song genres: You Left Me but I’m Fine. In Fact, I’m Better Than Fine, Punk!

I think such songs as “Look at Her Now,” “Rare,” and “Love You Like a Love Song” could bring the fans to their feet. All of the tweens out on the grass for the halftime show would be screaming and applying lip gloss like they won’t live to see 13. It could be a lot of fun.

Lil Nas X

I’m surprised there aren’t odds out for Lil Nas X to head up the show. The cross-genre popularity of “Old Town Road” has put him in prime position to be a general favorite at the halftime show.

It’s not easy to create a show that will appeal to fans across music styles and age ranges. I suspect Lil Nas X, with guest Billy Ray Cyrus, could create a memorable and winning half hour. And if Lil Nas X brings a real cowboy on stage for a dance battle, it could be epic.

My Fantasy Halftime Show

First of all, there would be free cocktails circulating, Vegas-style. Then someone mellow would come on stage and get me ready to chill. I’m thinking Gnarls Barkley.

Next, Pitbull would appear, bringing hot Latin dance energy and an elegant dress sense. This is about the time I’d be finishing my Old Fashioned and starting on a nice, two-ice-cube Whiskey Sour.

Then Eminem would appear on stage for a rousing rendition of “Lose Yourself,” with the NFL players doing a choreographed dance routine behind him. The second half of the game would be LIT with enthusiasm.

I’m surprised that the NFL hasn’t come up with an after-game show. It’s not like the NFL to miss an opportunity to tack on another $487 per ticket (what? You thought it was a sports league? Ahahahaha!).

If they ever do a show like this (I’M TALKING TO YOU, NFL), then they need to get the Gorillaz to hit the crowd with “Clint Eastwood.” We might have to wait until Las Vegas hosts the big game, since everything you need to enjoy the Gorillaz is legal there.

How to Bet on the Super Bowl Halftime Show

The earlier you get your bet in on this prop bet, the more in your favor the odds will be. As the music scene firms up closer to the game and we get wind of big game rumors, the lines will shift dramatically.

So to place a bet, you first need to find a sportsbook. There are a few places in the US where you can walk into a brick-and-mortar sportsbook. Vegas has always been the old standard, but there are a few actual sportsbooks scattered across the country now. There are a couple in Arkansas and one in New Mexico, for example.

However, it’s easier to use a secure online sportsbook, like the one I listed above. Do it from home, do it on your own time, and better yet, as you learn more about which prop bets are offered, you don’t have to get back in the car and make another trip to a place that, statistically, is not going to be close or easy for you to get to.

If you want to compare online versus physical sportsbooks, look at what Kansas City fans had to do to place in-person bets on their team to win Super Bowl 54.

Fortunately, several top NFL sportsbooks online are already offering wagers on the halftime show and other Super Bowl 55 props, so you’ll have plenty of convenient options.

As you glance through the other prop bets for the 20210 Super Bowl, you’ll see only a few now, but as the game approaches, they will be fruitful and multiply.

A Quick Recap

Janitors in Miami are still cleaning up after Super Bowl 54, but the speculation about Super Bowl 55 is already up and running. You can place your bets now and capitalize on the wide-open field and high odds offered for entertainment.

The odds are also strong right now for which teams will end up facing off at the post-season grand finale. So, if you’ve got a great feeling about your favorite team to make it to the Super Bowl in 2010, now is the time to show your faith and take advantage of these early Super Bowl 55 betting lines.

As an example, the odds offered right now for the Minnesota Vikings to win Super Bowl 55 are at +2800. That’s a 28 times return on your bet if they win. The Jacksonville Jaguars are at +10000. By comparison, the Chiefs are favored to win as things stand right now, with odds of +500.