The NFL announced Thursday the Pepsi Halftime Show for Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, and it’s going to be an absolute doozy. There’s not just one performer for the annual spectacle, but five of them: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar.
43 Grammys, 19 No. 1 Billboard albums and 5 legendary artists on the biggest stage in Los Angeles for the #SBLVI #PepsiHalftime show. 🎤 @drdre @SnoopDogg @Eminem @maryjblige @kendricklamar @pepsi @RocNation @NBCSports pic.twitter.com/THypGkS2si
— NFL (@NFL) September 30, 2021
This Super Bowl show features some local flavor. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar all hail from the Los Angeles area. Dre and Snoop are legends of West Coast hip hop, coming up together and hitting it big in the early 1990s. Dre’s debut album, The Chronic, featured Snoop on the first single, “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” as well as several other singles. Dre then produced Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle.
Lamar was born in Compton and released a number of mixtapes in the 2000s before his first studio album in 2011. That same year, Dre, Snoop and Game dubbed Lamar the “New King of the West Coast.” Lamar has only gotten bigger since then, playing a huge role in creating the Black Panther soundtrack.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) September 30, 2021
Eminem got his rap start in Detroit and then hit it big when Dre discovered him in the late 1990s. The pair have collaborated on a number of projects together, including the hit single “Forgot About Dre.” Eminem, Dre and Snoop have also toured together in the past.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) September 30, 2021
Mary J. Blige rounds out this powerhouse Super Bowl quintet. Blige is from New York City and has also worked with Dre in the past, with the legendary rapper producing one of her biggest singles, “Family Affair.” She actually has a Super Bowl history, performing as a special guest at Super Bowl XXXV.
Snoop and Dre took the time to preview what’s sure to be an epic Super Bowl Halftime Show. They’re excited that the NFL is embracing hip hop and giving it center stage for this performance:
— NFL (@NFL) October 1, 2021
They also credited Jay-Z for helping put this together. Jay-Z has been working with the NFL, and he played a key role setting this up for the Super Bowl.
Given the talent involved here, this is surely going to be quite the show. You know they’re going to want to really show out for the fans and make a statement.
Super Bowl LVI is on Feb. 13.