Watch The Weeknd’s Super Bowl halftime performance

The singer provided an energetic show.

The Weeknd performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.


R&B star The Weeknd delivered an eye-catching performance heavy on spectacle during the Super Bowl LV halftime show on Sunday, providing a theatrical intermission to the matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccanneers.

The Canadian chart-topper, born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, launched into a medley of some of his biggest hits, including “Starboy,” “The Hills,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” and “I Feel it Coming.”

As he moved into “Save Your Tears,” fireworks shot off above while the singer stood a cityscape at Raymond James Stadium.

A few of the early tracks seemed to be plagued by sound mixing issues, as the Weekend’s lyrics were occasionally drowned out by a bombastic backing track.


Fittingly, masked faces were a recurring motif during the show, with hundreds of dancers wearing face coverings that went well beyond those popular during the pandemic.

Prior to the Super Bowl halftime show, the Weeknd performed at the American Music Awards in the same heavily bandaged getup, later telling Variety that the look, reminiscent of someone who recently underwent plastic surgery, was “reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated.”

The Weeknd finished off the show with a climactic on-field performance of his chart-topping hit “Blinding Lights,” which set numerous Billboard chart records in 2020 and was named the song of the year.


Standing at the 50-yard line, the Weeknd was encircled by hundreds of masked dancers with glowing lights in the palms of their gloves.

As the final notes rang out, even more fireworks flew into the sky, capping off a show that was heavy on razzle-dazzle but ultimately forgettable in the grand scheme of Super Bowl halftime performances.

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