The Weeknd will be performing during the Super Bowl 55 halftime show, and it should be quite the performance.
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has had a cinematic roleout of his latest album, “After Hours.” He’s had a developing theme throughout his music videos for the album, each telling its own story. The Weeknd is known for his creative nature in presenting his music, in addition to his incredible vocals.
That’s why the singer is putting up $7 million of his own money into making this Super Bowl performance “be what he envisioned,” per 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,” he told Billboard.
Another element to the show is the fact The Weeknd will be performing solo. In the past, the Super Bowl halftime show has had one main performer, with a number of appearances from other artists. But The Weeknd didn’t want to go away from his vision.
“I’ve been reading a lot of rumors,” he told NFL Network leading up to the event. “There wasn’t any room to fit it in the narrative and the story I was telling in the performance. So there’s no special guests, no.”
The Weeknd told Billboard he expect the performance to last around 12-13 minutes.
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HE SANG STARBOY AND I FEEL IT COMING IM CRYINGGGGGGG I MISS DAFT PUNK SO MUCHHHHHH
— nat⁷ (@lalunaknj) February 8, 2021
Im actually apart of the community that likes Starboy more than After Hours.
— Terrell Mallory (@_Twinndiesel) February 8, 2021
The marching red army is a little off putting but Abel looks like he’s having a blast, so I’m happy for the man.
— Josh Eberley🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) February 8, 2021
HOUSE OF BALLOONS ABEL?!?! 🔥🔥🔥😤😤😤😤😤
— Ernest Arrellano III (@thethirdernest) February 8, 2021
I got carsick in there with The Weeknd
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 8, 2021
The Weeknd: I’ll keep it PG
Also The Weeknd: lemme sing the cocaine song
— The Big Chillin’ (@Kofie) February 8, 2021
Super Bowl halftime show live updates
8:40 p.m.: And that’s a wrap for the halftime show.
8:37 p.m.: And as we all expected, “Blinding Lights” make an appearance.
8:36 p.m.: We get our first song from the Triology era. The Weeknd played a rendition of “House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls.” He also brought out a bunch of look-alikes on the field with him.
8:33 p.m.: Aother classic from The Weeknd, he started playing “Earned It” from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie. It’s somewhat interesting that The Weeknd has only been playing a few moments of each song. He hasn’t really dived too deep into any song in particular.
8:32 p.m.: And as soon as I say that, he plays “Save Your Tears” from “After Hours.”
8:31 p.m.: A somewhat surprising addition, The Weeknd played “I Feel It Coming.” So far he’s played no tracks off of his newest album “After Hours.”
8:30 p.m.: And of course, The Weeknd includes “Can’t Feel My Face.”
8:28 p.m.: Second song of the night is “The Hills.”
8:27 p.m.: The Weeknd begins his performance with “Starboy.”
8:25 p.m.: The show has begun.
8:15 p.m.: We’ve now hit halftime, so The Weeknd will be performing soon. While you’re here, here’s why his name is spelled The Weeknd and not The Weekend .