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The Weeknd Headlines the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show

| December 11, 2020 5:24 am PDT

One year after Jennifer Lopez and Shakira performed at Hard Rock Stadium, another familiar face in the R&B industry will take center stage. This time it’ll be Canadian singer and global icon, The Weeknd.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Super Bowl 55 Halftime Show.

Who Is the Weeknd?

Born as Abel Tesfaye, the 30-year-old singer from north of the border is a phenomenon in the music industry. The Weeknd caught his first major break when he was noticed by Drake in late 2010 after posting a trio of tracks on YouTube.

Once Tesfaye dropped the album House of Balloons in 2011, it was off to the races.

By 2012 The Weeknd had emerged as a can’t-miss talent and was performing around the world, including at the Coachella Festival. Starboy (2016) put him over the top, and he’s continued delivering gems ever since. His most recent tracklist, After Hours, was released earlier this year.

Is Jay-Z in Charge of Production?

YesRoc Nation inked a multi-tiered partnership with the NFL in 2019 that essentially puts Jay-Z in charge of producing the halftime show – among other duties – for the foreseeable future. From all accounts, Beyonce’s husband is thrilled to have The Weeknd on board to perform at Raymond James Stadium on February 7th.

“His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry. This is an extraordinary moment in time, and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”

Sounds extraordinary.

Who Else Will Perform at Super Bowl 55?

Considering that a couple of The Weeknd’s most popular songs are collaborative efforts with Daft Punk, it’s possible we could see the French tandem on stage in Tampa. Then again, we wouldn’t actually get to “see” Thomas Bangalter or Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

We’d just see them in their customary robot helmets.

Another option for Jay-Z is to pair The Weeknd with Gesaffelstein. The 33-year-old French DJ has an established rapport with The Weeknd thanks to collabs such as “Lost in the Fire” and “I Was Never There.”

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with The Weeknd being the sole focus during the Super Bowl 55 Halftime Show. He’s that talented.

Which Songs Will the Weeknd Perform?

Looking ahead to which songs The Weeknd will perform should intrigue bettors. After all, this question is reflected in one of the Super Bowl props you can find every year at the top Super Bowl betting sites.

The laundry list of hits The Weeknd has produced runs deep, but I’ll throw five songs out there that I anticipate hearing – at least in some form or fashion.

  • Can’t Feel My Face
  • I Feel It Coming
  • Blinding Lights
  • Starboy
  • The Hills

Betting on the Super Bowl 55 Halftime Show

As I alluded to in the segment above, you’ll encounter multiple Super Bowl Halftime Show props if you’re searching in the right places.

From what The Weeknd will be wearing to whether or not Jay-Z will be shown on the telecast, expect all sorts of Super Bowl prop bets to be attached to the performance.

The particulars will start popping up as we inch closer to the Big Game.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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