The 2022 Super Bowl took place tonight (13 February) at the SoFi Stadium in LA, with the Los Angeles Rams taking on the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s the first time that the Super Bowl – one of the biggest sporting events of the year in the US – will return to the Los Angeles area.
Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Blige, and Lamar joined a list of celebrated musicians who have played during Super Bowl halftime shows, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Shakira.
Here are the biggest talking points from the halftime show:
A surprise performance from 50 Cent
As usual, surprise performances were kept under wraps until the very last moment. A slightly breathless-sounding 50 Cent was this year’s guest star, appearing after Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg opened the show with “Still Dre” and “California Love”. Fiddy performed “In Da Club” while surrounded by beautiful dancers, which perhaps explains why he looked rather distracted for most of it.
While many praised Eminem for doing so, others pointed out how Kaepernick, a Black man, continues to be blacklisted for his protests against racial injustice, while Eminem, who is white, was able to take the knee today (14 February) on that same platform.
Anderson .Paak on drums
A beaming Anderson .Paak could be seen on drums during Eminem’s performance of “Lose Yourself”, with Dr Dre also performing.
Kendrick Lamar works in his own political statement
However, Lamar chose to perform “Alright” for his segment, which felt significant given the rumoured requests to keep politics out of the halftime show. “Alright” became an anthem against police brutality and racial injustice in 2015, after activists in Cleveland State University were filmed chanting it. The song originally appeared on Lamar’s universally acclaimed album To Pimp a Butterfly.
Mickey Guyton performs the US national anthem in historic moment
A spectacular rendition of the US national anthem from country music singer Mickey Guyton just now.
Guyton has broken down a number of barriers in her industry over the past year, including sporting an Afro during her empowering performance of “Love My Hair” at the CMAs.
“It’s Black History Month, and a Black country singer gets to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Wow,” she told the New York Post this week.
“This is a huge moment for me. It’s a huge moment for black people. And I want to represent that in the best possible way that I can.”
“I set my intentions with singing the national anthem. I was like, ‘OK, togetherness is what I really want,’” she continued. “So, I felt the way that people would feel togetherness is if I had a choir, with people that I believe represent America. And, you know, I have everybody from my black queen to a redneck cowboy to a girl that has one leg in this choir. And that’s the America that I’m proud of — us all standing together. We all belong.”
Super Bowl 2022: Every trailer to expect during the game
The sporting event takes place on Sunday night (13 February) and, while many will tune in to see the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals, others will be excited to get a glimpse at forthcoming movies and TV shows.
Considering how many people watch the Super Bowl around the world, studios view the event as the perfect time to promote their new titles – and 2022 is no different.
Titles expected to release new footage during the Super Bowl includes Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings TV show, Marvel sequel Doctor Strange 2 and Dwayne Johnson’s DC film Black Adam.
My colleague Jacob Stolworthy will be keeping track of all of them in one handy article, which you can read here:
Super Bowl 2022 halftime show lineup decisions are questionable post-#MeToo
While hip-hop fans are understandably excited about this year’s lineup, others have expressed disappointment in certain headliners’ questionable histories.
Dre – real name Andre Romelle Young – pleaded no contest to assault and battery and was fined and sentenced to community service and probation.
The previous year, Dre’s label made Tairrie B accused him of punching her twice at the Grammys for releasing a song that included derogatory lyrics about Dre and NWA.
In a 2016 book, the mother of three of Dre’s children, Lisa Johnson, claimed he hit her in the mouth and lip.
In a statement to the New York Times in 2015, Dre spoke publicly for the first times about the allegations against him.
“I apologise to the women I’ve hurt,” he said. “I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.”
Dre finalised his $100m divorce from Nicole Young, his wife of 24 years, in December last year. In court documents, she accused Dre of holding a gun to her head, punching her in the face, and lifting her off her feet by her neck.
Dre has refuted Young’s claims.
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg is being sued for alleged sexual assault by a woman who claims the rapper forced her to perform oral sex in 2013.
On Wednesday (9 February), a lawsuit was filed against the rapper in federal court by an anonymous woman using the name Jane Doe.
The accuser, who allegedly worked as a model and danced on stage with Snoop, claims she was sexually assaulted by the rapper and his associate Don “Magic” Juan nearly nine years ago on 29 May 2013.
Snoop denied the entire story to TMZ, calling it a “pack of lies”. He also claimed that the suit was being filed ahead of his performance at Sunday’s (12 February) Super Bowl half-time show.
On Instagram, he posted a screenshot reading: “Gold digger season is here be careful Nefews keep ya guards up. And Keep ya circle small [sic].”
In the UK, viewers will be able to watch live on BBC Two and iPlayer, as well as Sky Sports.
Asides from the game itself, the biggest talking point of the Super Bowl is the halftime show, where some of the world’s most famous artists – from Bruce Springsteen to Katy Perry – have entertained fans at the stadium.
See our pick of the best-ever Super Bowl halftime shows here
Snoop Dogg has said he doesn’t plan on getting nervous until after he’s performed at the Super Bowl halftime show.
The “Gin and Juice” rapper is headlining the event in Los Angeles on Sunday 13 February alongside Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre, Mary J Blige and Eminem.
“For me, when performing, I never let the moment get bigger than me,” he told the Associated Press.
“I’m not going to understand it until it happens,” he explained. “While it’s happening, I’m in the zone. I’m stuck to the script, laser focused, being on point, sounding good, looking good and feeling good. I want to give off a great presentation.
“After the fact, it’s when I’ll be nervous about watching it to see what the reaction is. But while I’m going through it, it’s nothing.”
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