Eminem and Dr. Dre perform during the Super Bowl LVI Pepsi Halftime Show on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images))
Some of the biggest names in hip-hop have come together this year to wow the nation at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar, who have won 44 Grammys between them, dazzled with their ode to hip-hop. Snoop Dogg previously called the show a “big time” because it combined “the biggest sporting event in the world” with hip-hop, “the biggest form of music in the world”.
Last week, some of the music icons said the NFL was behind in embracing hip-hop and vowed their halftime show would create more opportunities for the genre.
It was a rare Super Bowl halftime show played in daylight, but it still felt like a nightclub at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, with a set designed to look like the houses in Compton and nearby South LA.
Blige was the band’s only returning performer – she was part of an ensemble cast that included Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly in 2001.
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Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg kicked off the series, with “Next Episode” and “California Love,” with a surprise appearance shortly after by 50 Cent as he rapped – upside down – his 2003 hit “In Da Club” with a crowd of dancers behind him.
Mary J. Blige shone with her auxiliary dancers in silver sequined outfits. She slowed things down and sang her 2001 hit “No More Drama” from the top of one of the halftime stages. mods.
Kendrick Lamar moved the show to the turf area, rapping “Alright” amid a crowd of male dancers wearing all-black suits with belts reading “Dre Day.”
Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” came next, while his co-headliners were seen dancing and bobbing their heads. A rock band accompanied him as he knelt at one point in an apparent tribute to Colin Kaepernick’s protests.
Dr. Dre played his signature tune “Still DRE” on the piano before rapping alongside Snoop Dogg to close the show.
The set was surrounded by what looked like a cityscape lit from above, complete with classic convertibles and a replica sculpture outside the Compton courthouse.
The crowd had lanyards with LED lights that flashed in coordination with the beats of the show.
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The NFL has denied reports that it was trying to stop Eminem from making the move.
Deaf musicians take part in the halftime show for the first time
Another notable feature of this year’s show was the inclusion of deaf premiere performers Warren “Wawa” Snipe and Sean Forbes. The two used their hands, bodies and facial expressions to deliver unique renditions of the songs in American Sign Language.
Their entire performance will be available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Super Bowl LVI kicked off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. At halftime, the Los Angeles Rams led 13-10 at halftime. The game is being played at the Rams and Chargers’ Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., making it the second straight season a team has played in a Super Bowl on their home turf.
This story was reported from Detroit and Los Angeles. The Associated Press contributed.