The Super Bowl 2022 and what artists were expected to be performing at one of the world’s biggest sports events of the year was the highest highlight of the day aside from Valentines Day of course.
Fans were going crazy as they were looking forward to watching the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals for the big game, but others were more interested in the entertainment side of the evening which is often filled with big names from the music industry.
For those who don’t know what the Super Bowl is, it is an annual playoff championship game of the National Football League (NFL). It has served as the final game of every NFL season since 1966, replacing the NFL Championship Game. Beginning in 2022, the game is being played on the second Sunday in February. Prior Super Bowls were played on Sundays in early to mid-January from 1967 to 1978, late January from 1979 to 2003, and the first Sunday of February from 2004 to 2021.
Winning teams are awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the eponymous coach who won the first two Super Bowls. The day the game is played is often referred to as Super Bowl Sunday / Super Sunday.
Every Super Bowl has had its MVP and many more great performances beyond the award. However, many are excited to see who is going to be highlighting this year’s evening and we have some juicy info to share with you.
Which stars performed at the Super Bowl 2022
According to reports, Mary J. Blige alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar were the highlight of the day on Sunday at SoFi Stadium for the Super Bowl 56 halftime show. The five music legends combined for a total of 43 Grammy Awards and produced numerous hit songs, delivered stellar performances.
“I had the chance to sit back and watch [Blige’s] set, and it gave me goosebumps,” Dr. Dre said at the pre-Super Bowl press conference. “So, if I’m getting them, I know what the audience is gonna feel when she hits the stage. … I’m not blowing smoke. I literally got goosebumps.”
Meanwhile, other artists like country music star Mickey Guyton performed the national anthem at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California which is the home of the Los Angeles Rams, who will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Guyton made history as the first Black woman to earn a Grammy nomination in a country category and the first Black solo woman to host the ACM Awards. She’s a four-time Grammy nominee who is known for her hit song “Black Like Me.”
The big sports had other music stars like Jhené Aiko, a six-time Grammy nominee who performed “America the Beautiful.” She is one of R&B’s top stars and has achieved multiplatinum status with songs like “Sativa,” “While We’re Young” and “The Worst.”
Gospel duo Mary Mary, along with LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Mary Mary, the sister duo comprised of Erica Campbell and Tina Atkins-Campbell, has won two Grammys. The Inglewood natives first became known in the gospel realm, then they reached commercial success with hit songs such as “Get Up,” “Thankful” and “Shackles (Praise You).”
Zedd was the pregame DJ for the night as the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals warmed up before their big night.
Who performed at halftime?
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar headlined the halftime show. Snoop told The Associated Press he was looking forward to sharing the stage with other musical greats.
“We’re all one. We’re all united together,” the rapper told the outlet. “If you really look at it, that’s what the world needs to understand that we need to come together as opposed to division or separation.”
Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Blige and Lamar joined a long list of musicians who have played during Super Bowl halftime shows, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and most recently The Weeknd.