With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, The Weeknd had to up the ante for his halftime show at Super Bowl LV, which only 25,000 admirers had been permitted to show up at — surrounded by 30,000 cardboard cutouts — in a nearly 66,000-seat stadium. And up the ante he did.
The three-time Grammy winner, 30, dazzled on phase at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, February 7, through a crack in the NFL championship recreation between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In excess of the program of 14 minutes, he took the group — and hundreds of thousands of viewers at house — by way of his new music catalog with singles such as “The Hills,” “I Really feel It Coming” and an orchestral model of the Fifty Shades of Gray song “Earned It.”
The Weeknd (actual name Abel Tesfaye) kicked off his significant-energy effectiveness with “Starboy” in entrance of a significant choir in the stands. He wore his signature pink sequined jacket in excess of an if not all-black outfit. He then took viewers into a gold, mirrored home, surrounded by a group of lookalikes with bandaged heads. Towards the close, he and his backup dancers designed their way to the field to “House of Balloons” from his 2011 debut mixtape of the similar title. He closed his established with “Blinding Lights” as fireworks went off higher than the stadium.
In the times foremost up to the big gig, the Toronto indigenous revealed that he had made use of $7 million of his personal income to give the audience a halftime present they would under no circumstances forget.
“We’ve been really concentrating on dialing in on the followers at household and producing performances a cinematic knowledge, and we want to do that with the Super Bowl,” he teased in his the latest Billboard include story.
The NFL introduced in November 2020 that The Weeknd had signed on to headline the halftime demonstrate, pursuing in the footsteps of legendary performers these as Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Beyoncé and Woman Gaga. He mentioned in a statement at the time that he was “humbled, honored and ecstatic” to be in the very same situation as the acts “we all [grew] up observing.”
To celebrate the milestone, the chart-topper launched a greatest hits-type album titled The Highlights on Friday, February 5, which his crew claimed in a push launch presents new listeners “a rich foray into some of the legendary artist’s very best and favorite function.” In addition to his biggest solo hits, the compilation involves collaborations with Ariana Grande (“Love Me Harder”), Kendrick Lamar (“Pray for Me”) and Daft Punk (“Starboy” and “I Sense It Coming”).
The Weeknd also announced an ambitious 104-date planet tour named right after his 2020 album, After Several hours. It is set to get started in January 2022 and will journey throughout North America and Europe by way of November. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 8, at 10 a.m. local time.
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