The Weeknd's Super Bowl performance
By Addie Childree and Alondra Ortiz, sophomores
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Abel Tesfaye, also known as The Weeknd, surprised viewers during the 2021 Super Bowl at the Raymond James Stadium with an unforgettable, 12-minute halftime performance. Many bets were made, many people lost lots of money, many people were devastated because the Chiefs lost, but lets talk about The Weeknd's performance!
Songs Performed by The Weeknd:
"Call Out My Name" (played as intro)
"Can't Feel My Face"
"I Feel It Coming" ft" "Daft Punk"
"Save Your Tears"
"House of Balloons"
The Weeknd set up his stage in the stands along with his dancers, which has never been done before. He ended up making it down to the field, but there was no stage set up there.
The pop star performed some of his top hits, as well as some of his deep cuts in this electric performance (see the full list of performed tracks above). He started out the performance in a convertible, with city lights behind him and Pepsi logos all behind him. He used lights, fog and fireworks to improve his performance.
The Weeknd did not have a guest star this year due to social distancing. The most surprising fact of the night was knowing that The Weeknd spent $7 million of his own money to make this performance happen. The NFL posted a full recording on the social media platform YouTube, which is now the number two trending video.
Click here to view the full performance via the official YouTube account of the NFL.