Great! Eminem to join all-star squad at Super Bowl LVI halftime show
Eminem will accompany Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar to the Pepsi-sponsored Super Bowl halftime show next February.
Slim Shady is heading for the Super Bowl.
Eminem is set to perform at next year’s Super Bowl halftime, the NFL and halftime sponsor Pepsi announced Thursday, in an all-star extravaganza alongside Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige.
The Super Bowl halftime show is typically the most-watched TV event of the year. This year’s show, featuring The Weeknd, was viewed by 96.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen data.
Super Bowl LVI will take place on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, which places the show on Dre, Snoop and Kendrick’s field.
It will be the heaviest hip-hop halftime of all time. Rappers have performed at the event before – Travis Scott and Big Boi starred alongside Maroon 5 in 2019, Missy Elliott joined Katy Perry in 2015, and Nicki Minaj and MIA appeared with Madonna in 2012 – but no rapper has ever been headlining the halftime show before. Pop-rap group Black Eyed Peas, in 2011, came the closest.
This will be the first Super Bowl performance for everyone except Blige, who performed at the 2001 Super Bowl halftime show, alongside * NSYNC, Aerosmith, Britney Spears and Nelly. Blige also performed “America the Beautiful” with Marc Anthony and the Boston Pops Orchestra at Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002.
The halftime show will be the third in the NFL’s partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation as producers. The multi-year deal was signed in August 2019, with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s half-time performance in 2020 kicking off the new deal.
“This is history on the move,” Jay-Z said in a statement. Dre added, “The opportunity to play the Super Bowl halftime show, and doing it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career.”
The announcement comes amid a relative flurry of activity in Eminem’s generally calm world. On Wednesday, he opened his downtown Detroit pasta restaurant, Mom’s Spaghetti, inside the all-new Union Assembly on Woodward Avenue, and surprised fans by serving his signature dish in person.
On Thursday, he was featured on a new single from the soundtrack to “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” titled “Last One Standing,” credited to Skylar Gray and also starring Polo G and Mozzy.