The Weeknd Will Headline Super Bowl LV Halftime Show
Prepare for some “Blinding Lights.”
The Weeknd, a three-time Grammy-winner whose 2020 album After Hours is the most-streamed R&B album ever, is officially headlining the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show.
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year,” The Weeknd said in announcing the ultra high-profile gig, according to ESPN.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 12, 2020
His smash single “Blinding Lights” broke the record for Billboard’s longest-running No. 1 on its U.S. radio chart at 46 weeks and counting. Before that, he played himself in Uncut Gems and previously dated both Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez, so the Super Bowl gig seems like a logical next step for the pop superstar.
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, joins a storied roster of musical stars who have played Super Bowl halftime shows, including Beyonce, Prince, Katy Perry, U2, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lady Gaga, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and last year’s duo of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
Super Bowl LV will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.
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