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
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
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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
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.
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
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.