Super Bowl halftime show 2021 live updates, reviews on The Weeknd’s performance

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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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.

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