Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg kicked off the performance with “The Next Episode” and Tupac Shakur’s “California Love.” 50 Cent then appeared upside down for a surprise performance of “In da Club,” followed by Mary J. Blige singing “Family Affair” and “No More Drama.”
Surrounded by dancers wearing “Dre Day” sashes, Kendrick Lamar then performed “Alright.”
Eminem opened his segment of halftime with “Forgot About Dre” before switching to his Academy Award-winning hit “Lose Yourself.”
The halftime performance took place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California where the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dr. Dre. Called the Halftime Performance ‘One of the Biggest Thrills of my Career’
Leading up to his big halftime performance, Dr. Dre called the opportunity “one of the biggest thrills of my career” in the NFL announcement.
He added, “I’m grateful to JAY-Z, Roc Nation, the NFL, and Pepsi as well as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar for joining me in what will be an unforgettable cultural moment.”
Pepsi Marketing Vice President, Todd Kaplan, added in the press release, “Artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were at the forefront of the West Coast hip hop revolution, so to be able to bring them back to LA, where it all began alongside Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will prove to be an epic, unforgettable celebration of the impact hip hop has today.”
“This year we are blowing the roof off the concept of collaboration,” Adam Harter, Senior Vice President of Media, Sports and Entertainment at PepsiCo, said. “Along with the NFL and Roc Nation, we continue to try and push the limits on what fans can expect during the most exciting 12 minutes in music; this year’s superstar line-up is sure to deliver a mind-blowing performance.”
Viewers React to the Halftime Performance
Twitter was abuzz as viewers watched the star-studded hip-hop performance. One user tweeted a photo of the performers, writing, “I’ll tell my grandchildren these were The Avengers.”
50 Cent’s surprise appearance drew some comments, specifically for his upside-down entrance. One person tweeted a meme of a dangling Spongebob, writing, “50 cent after he finished his song.”
Others joked about Blige’s post-performance fall. A Twitter user shared the photo and wrote, “Me after dancing in my house. to the half time concert.”
A buzzworthy moment was Eminem taking a knee during his performance as Dr. Dre played the piano. As one tweet read, “The moment he took a knee and Dre started playing Tupac’s intro it just hit home. Eminem’s respect for his peers and those before him is and has always been beautiful #PepsiHalftime”
One person in the game enjoying themselves was Bengals player Evan McPherson. The official NFL Twitter account tweeted that he “is literally just one of us watching the #PepsiHalftime show.”