The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, is dishing out a few million bucks too produce his performance at the Super Bowl Feb 7th in Tampa.
His manager revealed the artist spent $7 million to dial in the fans at home and make his performance a cinematic experience.” The Weeknd collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on the song “Pray for Me” for the movie Black Panther.
Super Bowl halftime artists are not paid to perform—but the halftime show is one of the biggest concerts of the year. The NFL does, however, provide a hefty budget for any and all performance-related expenses.
Obviously his planned performance will stay top secret until the very moment, but we know from his latest era he’s been performing covered in bandages and blood until he recently revealed his ‘plastic surgery’ results.
He dropped the smash hit album ‘After Hours’ in 2020 which spawned the biggest song of the year, ‘Blinding Lights’ which we’re kind of certain he’ll be performing.
With a giant catalogue of hits to choose from including ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, ‘The Hills’, ‘Starboy, ‘I Feel It Coming’, ‘Earned It’ etc., he’s undoubtedly going to have the partially-filled stadium rocking.
There are rumored to be huge guests joining The Weeknd in his 12 minute show stopper and one of the names floating around is his frequent collaborator and friend, Ariana Grande.
This is after he dropped a ‘highlights’ record ahead of his big performance including their certified banger, ‘Love Me Harder’.
Their biggest duet which they’ve never performed live, is definitely a Super Bowl worthy tune, but whether all this means the ‘Positions’ singer is heading down to Florida (where she is originally from) remains to be seen!
— Ariana Grande Today (@ArianaToday) January 26, 2021
Miley Cyrus has also been announced as the headliner of ‘pregame festivities’ which will see her perform for 7,400 vaccinated ‘healthcare heroes’ who have been invited to the game.
While it will only be the health workers who get to see the ‘Prisoner’ singer live, the NFL is teaming up with TikTok so you can watch it at home on their TikTok page.