What to expect from this year’s Super Bowl halftime show


Taylor Schmitz

Super Bowl LVI will return to the event’s birthplace in Los Angeles this year.

Taylor Schmitz, Entertainment Editor

Feb. 13, 2022 marks the return of football’s biggest night, the Super Bowl LVI game. With over 70,000 fans expected to pile into the Los Angeles SoFi stadium and around 90 million viewers tuning in to watch, not only should the football game be entertaining, but the halftime show must also be nothing short of spectacular. This task may seem daunting to most, but for the five iconic hip-hop and R&B artists expected to perform this year, it’s just another day on the job.

Back in October 2021, it was announced that music industry legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will come together to produce a nostalgic, yet fresh performance at this year’s game.

“Dr. Dre, a musical visionary from Compton; Snoop Dogg, an icon from Long Beach; and Kendrick Lamar, a young musical pioneer in his own right, also from Compton; will take center field for a performance of a lifetime. They will be joined by the lyrical genius, Eminem; and the timeless Queen, Mary J. Blige … This is history in the making,” said Jay-Z, founder of Roc Nation, an entertainment agency that is partnering with Pepsi and the NFL for this year’s show.

The artists combined have an impressive 43 Grammy awards and 22 Billboard No.1 albums. Although the artists are experienced at performing at various important events and venues, they could not be more excited and blessed to be performing on one of the world’s biggest stages.

“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” said Dr. Dre, adding that their halftime performance will be an “unforgettable cultural moment.”

The setlist has not been announced yet, but fans speculate the artists will sing their most recognizable and popular hits. Some songs rumored to make an appearance are Dr. Dre’s “California Love” and “Still D.R.E.”, Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Gin and Juice”, Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” and “Lose Yourself,” Mary J. Blige’s “Family Affair”’ and Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.”

The show will last 30 minutes and will feature 10 songs, give or take. While there are often surprise guests who show up during the performance, that is unlikely for this year’s show as it already features five legendary headliners, making for what could be the best halftime performance yet.