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Super Bowl 2021 halftime show: How to watch and who’s performing

Super Bowl 2021 halftime show

Get ready to watch the Super Bowl 2021 halftime show online. Super Bowl 55 is just around the corner, which means the star-studded halftime show is almost here to dazzle us with thumping music and “Blinding Lights.”

Yes, the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show is headlined by The Weeknd. The Canadian singer (real name: Abel Tesfaye) is a multiple Grammy Award winner whose song “Blinding Lights” dominated the charts last year.

The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show has featured some of music’s biggest names. Last year’s performers were Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, who brought down the house with their energetic, Latinx-infused pop extravaganza. 

Now, it’s The Weeknd’s turn. “The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry,” said Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, whose Roc Nation is co-executive producing the show for the second time. 

Who is performing during halftime of Super Bowl 55?

The Weeknd will perform during halftime of Super Bowl 55. A Canadian singer-songwriter whose full name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, The Weeknd should bring a wide-ranging setlist to the stage in Tampa, Florida.

There haven’t been announcements about supplementary performers, although usually a second star finds their way onto the stage at some point during the halftime show. The Weeknd will be following up a 2020 halftime show that featured Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in Miami.

What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start?

The Super Bowl halftime show will likely start shortly after 8 p.m. ET. The game itself kicks off at about 6:30, so the first half should end about 90 minutes later.

Who is The Weeknd?

The Weeknd is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose full name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. While his music touches on a number of different genres, it has a heavy R&B influence.

The Weeknd’s stage name comes from Tesfaye leaving for a weekend and never coming home during high school, instead choosing to drop out. He’ll turn 31 a bit more than a week after performing at the Super Bowl, with his birthday on Feb. 16.

The Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards. He broke heavily into the mainstream with his song “Can’t Feel My Face.”

Who is singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 55?

The NFL announced on Jan. 19 that the national anthem singers at Super Bowl 55 will be Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan. Church is a highly acclaimed country artist, while Sullivan has been a fixture of R&B charts as a top-notch vocalist.

As part of the pregame festivities, there’ll also be a rendition of America the Beautiful. That’ll be sung by H.E.R., another R&B artist who’s received 13 Grammy nominations over the past three years.

History of Super Bowl halftime show performers

Super BowlYearPerformer(s)
I1967Universities of Arizona and Michigan Grambling University Bands
II1968“Old Man Winter Takes a Vacation in Miami” featuring seven local Miami-area high school bands
III1969“America Thanks” with Florida A&M University
IV1970Carol Channing
V1971Florida A&M Band
VI1972“Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Ftizgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Coprs Drill Team
VII1973“Happiness Is…” with University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman
VIII1974“A Musical America” with University of Texas Band
IX1975“Tribute to Duke Eillington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands
X1976“200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial
XI1977“It’s a Small World” including crowd particiption for first time with spectators waving colored placard on cue
XII1978“From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt
XIII1979“Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands
XIV1980“A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People
XV1981“A Mardi Gras Festival”
XVI1982“A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”
XVII1983“KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)
XVIII1984“Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”
XIX1985“A World of Children’s Dreams”
XX1986“Beat of the Future”
XXI1987“Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”
XXII1988“Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker
XXIII1989“Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects
XXIV1990“Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas
XXV1991“A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block
XXVI1992“Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
XXVII1993“Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson
XXVIII1994“Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd
XXIX1995“Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine
XXX1996Diana Ross
XXXI1997“Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman, James Belushi, James Brown and ZZ Top
XXXII1998“A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
XXXIII1999“Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover
XXXIV2000“A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton
XXXV2001“The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, *N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly
XXXVI2002U2
XXXVII2003Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting
XXXVIII2004Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake
XXXIX2005Paul McCartney
XL2006The Rolling Stones
XLI2007Prince
XLII2008Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
XLIII2009Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
XLIV2010The Who
XLV2011The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
XLVI2012Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj
XLVII2013Beyoncé with guests Destiny’s Child
XLVIII2014Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers
XLIX2015Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz
502016Coldplay with guets Beyoncé and Bruno Mars
LI2017Lady Gaga
LII2018Justin Timberlake
LIII2019Maroon 5 with guests Travis Scott and Big Boi
LIV2020Shakira and Jennifer Lopez

Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show.

How to watch Super Bowl 2021 halftime show online with a VPN

If you’ve left your bubble and found yourself somewhere your normal streaming service doesn’t work — don’t worry!. You can still watch the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show with the best VPN,  which helps you access the same streaming services you already pay for.

Here’s how easy it is to stream the Super Bowl from anywhere in the world:

1. Get a VPN (we recommend ExpressVPN as the best out there)
2. Connect to the location you want to stream from
3. Use your usual streaming service and watch like normal

How to watch the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show in the US

For Americans, the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show is airing on CBS, which is included on most cable TV packages and available on one of our favorite streaming services: fuboTV

Super Bowl 55 is taking place on Sunday, Feb. 7, with the kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.  

There’s no set time for the halftime show; it should occur roughly 90 minutes after kickoff, or about 8 p.m. ET.

CBS is also available on CBS All Access, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV, but Hulu’s dropped a lot of CBS affiliates lately, so it’s not a guarantee.

Throughout the season, Fubo has had all the channels football fans needed: CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC and the NFL Network. That’s why it’s one of the best streaming services.

Fubo.TV: One of the best streaming services with FOX, and the top pick for watching all of the 2020 NFL live streams, Fubo has all of the right network channels and the two cable channels you don’t want to go without. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It’s got a 7-day free trial so you don’t need to pay up front.

How to watch the Super Bowl 2021 halftime show for free

You can watch the Super Bowl for free with one of our best TV antenna picks, or pick up CBS on the site locast.org if you live in one of 26 markets.

 The Locast app is available on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Fire TV and Google Chromecast. 

To use Locast, you’ll need to enter an address. If you are away from home but still want to access your area Locast, you’ll need ExpressVPN.

If you just want to watch on your phone (and CBS in your area has this game), the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android will let you watch Super Bowl live streams for free, as they’ve got every NFL game that’s broadcast in your local TV market to your smartphone or tablet for free. 

How to watch the Super Bowl 2021 halftime show in the UK (for free!)

Anyone located within the UK can watch a free Super Bowl 55 live stream and the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show on the BBC. Just log into the free BBC iPlayer with your UK TV license. And the BBC’s live stream cuts out all ads.

The game will start around 11:30 p.m. GMT.

UK residents stuck outside the region can use a VPN, as detailed above, to log in just like they were back home. 

Sky Sports will also carry Super Bowl 2021 live streams, available with the Sky Sports Complete Pack, for £39 per month. 

If you’re not looking to spend that much, you can get a less comprehensive Sky Sports pass from Now TV. Daily, weekly and monthly passes range from £9.99 to £33.99.

How to watch the Super Bowl 2021 halftime show in Canada

The Weeknd’s fellow Canadians can watch the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show with  DAZN. Check out the streaming service with a 30-day free trial of DAZN here.

DAZN is available on web browsers, iOS and Android, as well as the major streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, PS4. Apple TV and Chromecast.

But say you don’t want to spend CA$20 to watch Super Bowl 2021? We expect TSN and CTV to carry the Super Bowl as well.

Super Bowl 2021 halftime show set list

What will The Weeknd sing during the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show? His set list is top-secret but it’s a safe bet that we’ll hear his megahit 2020 single “Blinding Lights.” He’s also likely to include a snippet or two from the other tracks on the album After Hours, like “Save Your Tears” and “In Your Eyes.” 

And since most Super Bowl halftime performers bring back some of their old hits, The Weekend may drop in the massively popular “Can’t Feel My Face.”

Super Bowl 2021 halftime show guest performers

The Weeknd is headlining the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show, but we expect a few guest performers as well. Some of his recent collaborators include Kendrick Lamar, Rosalia, Doja Cat and Kenny G. A bit of sax at the Super Bowl … why not?

Super Bowl halftime shows of the past

The Super Bowl halftime show reliably attracts top artists. Here’s a look at the performers from the last 20 years:

  • 2020: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
  • 2019: Maroon 5 with Travis Scott, Big Boi
  • 2018: Justin Timberlake with the Tennessee Kids
  • 2017: Lady Gaga
  • 2016: Coldplay with Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson
  • 2015: Katy Perry with Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott
  • 2014: Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 2013: Beyoncé with Destiny’s Child
  • 2012: Madonna with LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green
  • 2011: The Black Eyed Peas with Usher, Slash
  • 2010: The Who
  • 2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • 2008: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • 2007: Prince
  • 2006: The Rolling Stones
  • 2005: Paul McCartney
  • 2004: Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Nelly, Jessica Simpson and Kid Rock
  • 2003: Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
  • 2002: U2
  • 2001: Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
  • 2000:  Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton