Super Bowl 2021 is here, and while it is a big day for sports fans, it's also one of the biggest music performances of the year. The Weeknd will command the stage during the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show, and the R&B singer has been teasing an unforgettable show.
The Weeknd's Super Bowl 2021 performance will be the standard 12-13 minutes long, and the halftime show will air at approximately 8 p.m. ET on CBS (or via any of these streaming options). The show is sure to be wall-to-wall hits; The Weeknd is releasing a greatest hits collection two days before the big game. And he'll be doing the show without any special guests. Other singers didn't "fit into the narrative" he's trying to tell, the singer told the NFL Network in a pregame interview.
As Billboard reported in its recent cover story, "The Weeknd's performance will be the second curated by JAY-Z's Roc Nation. That makes him the first Black artist to anchor halftime since the company entered its partnership with the NFL in 2019 — a move widely perceived as an attempt to transcend backlash to the league's treatment of Kaepernick and the other largely Black players protesting racial injustice."
To say the artist has a lot invested in his Super Bowl performance is an understatement. As he told Billboard, "We've been really focusing on dialing in on the fans at home and making performances a cinematic experience, and we want to do that with the Super Bowl."
CBS is Super Bowl central on Sunday, Feb. 7. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET.