Bringing the hip hop flow to the halftime show

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The Super Bowl is a sporting event that is watched by many people around the world, statistics showing that over 100 million people in the US alone tune in to watch the match. Along with the great football action, the entertainment is also quite famous. The Super Bowl halftime show always has the live performances of the national anthem, then artists belting out their songs with even more vivacious glamour, and also the commercials where famous actors are often showcased.

The pre-show had a wonderful performance by the gospel duo Mary Mary, singing a rendition of “America the Beautiful” by the talented Jhené Aiko. It is to be noted that the duo Mary Mary are Grammy award winners. The national anthem was beautifully sung by the new country star Mickey Guyton, the four-time Grammy nominee. NBC garnered quite the controversy when they mislabelled Guyton’s caption as Aiko with both being women of colour. That didn’t stop her from flawlessly performing though, with many regarding it as one of the best renditions of the national anthem sung in the Super Bowl.

The halftime show this time brought the hip hop scene for the first time as the main performance, with Snoop Dogg, Dr.Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and the queen of R&B hip-hop, Mary J. Bilge. The deaf rappers Sean Forbes and Warren Snipes performed in ASL during the show, the first to occur in a half-time show. 50 Cent and Anderson. Paak also made a surprise appearance. This was made possible due to the NFL partnering up with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. the 15-minute performance in the halftime show was a throwback to the nostalgic rap and white tank tops, with hits like “The Next Episode”, “Lose Yourself”, Lamar’s “Alright”, 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” and Blige’s “Family Affair”. Dr. Dre included the line “still not loving police” in his performance of “Still Dre” and Eminem took a knee after his performance of “Lose Yourself”, two scenarios that the NFL had asked not to do, allegedly. All in all, the pre-show and the half-time show were perfect and a proud and powerful homage to Black History Month.

Written by: jaimmynanayakkara@yahoo.com

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