What are the odds of having surprise performers at Super Bowl 2022? It turned out, great! The surprise performer turned out to be… 50 Cent. And, Anderson Paak was also seen as part of the show.
Judging from history, it was predictable. Many past Super Bowls have seen surprise guest performers – some of music’s biggest names – suddenly join the announced performers. This time, you can expect any surprise performers would come out of the worlds of hip hop or R&B. And so it was.
You can watch the full halftime show here.
On Twitter, people are already speculating on who the surprise performer will be, with guesses ranging from Ice Cube to Lil Kim.
One Twitter user is wishing for a Tupac Shakur hologram.
A trailer video, which you can watch below, was released by “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray. It is titled, “The Call.” It gives a hint of some of the songs you can expect during the halftime show.
The main performers have been announced. They are Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kedrick Lamar, and Dr. Dre.
These are the songs they are singing in the trailer: “Rap God” by Eminem. “The Next Episode” by Snoop Dogg. “Family Affair” by Mary J. Blige. “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar. “California Love” by Dr. Dre.
The Super Bowl will be held on February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The Los Angeles Rams will take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
Here’s what you need to know:
Many Top Artists Have Surprised Audiences at Past Super Bowls
Who are some of the iconic surprise or guest performers at past Super Bowl halftime shows?
In 2001, according to MyNBC5.com, Aerosmith and ‘N Sync were singing when Nelly, Mary J. Blige, and Britney Spears surprised audiences and took the stage.
In 2003, Shania Twain and No Doubt were performing when Sting joined them as the surprise guest performer, the television station reported.
Who can forget Super Bowl 2004? Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, and Kid Rock were performing when Justin Timberlake came out, and, of course, there was a famous wardrobe problem.
In 2011, according to the television station, The Black Eyed Peas were performing when Slash and then Usher showed up.
In 2013, Beyonce was performing when Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams suddenly joined her.
The Announced Performers Said It Was Well Past Time for the Super Bowl Halftime Show to Focus on Hip Hop
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Blige spoke about what people can expect at a press conference before the Super Bowl. You can watch that video above. Dre said the artists want to inspire kids and make it the “best Super Bowl halftime show ever.”
The artists mentioned Michael Jackson, Prince, and Justin Timberlake as past Super Bowl halftime performers they liked. They said people can look forward to surprises during this Super Bowl halftime show, but they wouldn’t say what.
Snoop said the show will be “gangster.”
The artists explained why it’s important that hip hop is a focus in the 2022 Super Bowl.
“Keeping it all the way real, I’m not trying to be egotistical or anything like that, but who else could do this show in LA?” said Dre.
He said that it’s an LA Super Bowl featuring an LA team and LA hip hop and soul.
Snoop said: “This is a great moment considering the stadium was built a couple years ago. I have people I know who built the stadium…this is a blessing. The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the world, and hip hop is the biggest form of music in the world.”
He said that Blige is the “Queen of R and B” and Dre is the “King of hip hop,” describing hip hop as “representing about change and moving forward. We know a lot of people didn’t want hip hop on stage, but we’re here now and ain’t nothing you can do about it.”
Dre called hip hop the “biggest genre of music on the planet right now.” He said it took too long for “us to be recognized…We’re going to do it so big that they can’t deny us in the future.”
Dre said they are going to be “dope” on stage.
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