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NFL Announces the Star Performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show — Meet Singer The Weeknd

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 13, 2020
06:42 A.M.

This week, the National Football League announced that The Weeknd would be the artist performing at the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show. For those who don’t know who he is, we’ve compiled a short profile about him.

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Each year, the National Football League (NFL) selects one musician to act as the headliner for the Super Bowl Halftime Show. On Thursday, the NFL and its sponsor, Pepsi, revealed via social media that The Weeknd would have that honor.

The event will be held on February 7, 2020, at Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Weeknd, 30, also took to his Twitter account and tweeted the poster that was used to announce his selection.

The Weeknd at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 30, 2015, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images

The Weeknd at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 30, 2015, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images

The singer, who calls himself the “Starboy” after his 2016 album of the same title, also shared a series of videos in relation to his Super Bowl performance before it was announced. The footage was created in the same black-and-blue theme.

Speaking about being chosen as the headliner, the singer confessed that he’d grown up watching big acts perform at the Super Bowl. He explained how it had only been a dream for him to be in that same position until now.

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Famous rapper and businessman, Jay-Z was one of the people who helped choose The Weeknd as the headliner. The rapper works with the NFL via his company Roc Nation in advising them on musical events.

The R&B artist has had five number 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Starboy," "Can't Feel My Face," "The Hills," "Blinding Lights," and "Low Life." The Weeknd’s real name is Abel Tesfaye.

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The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is one of the most-watched musical performances of the year. Last year, over 104 million viewers tuned in to watch the show. The Weeknd revealed how he felt about being selected for the role saying:

"I'm humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.”

In February 2020, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira left audiences wanting more when they appeared together as the first Latinas to ever headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The year before that Maroon 5 headlined.

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The performance focused on the art of Colombian dance, the border crisis, and Lopez’s pride in her Puerto Rican roots.

Earlier this year the event was held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Lopez and Shakira were supported by the former’s daughter Emme Muñiz and special guest performers J Balvin, Bad Bunny.

In 15 minutes, Lopez and Shakira wowed the audience with a performance that covered important topics. The performance focused on the art of Colombian dance, the border crisis, and Lopez’s pride in her Puerto Rican roots.

Her 12-year-old twin daughter left viewers thrilled when she joined her mother on stage. The pair sang a stunning rendition of two famous songs "Let's Get Loud" and "Born in the USA."

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