The Weeknd, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye performed a medley of nine of his biggest hits at the 2021 Super Bowl LV Pepsi halftime show on 7 February.
WATCH THE WEEKND’S FULL SHOW
The Weeknd continued his After Hours character storyline in Sunday’s performance at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and the video has already racked up more than six million views on YouTube.
FIRST CANADIAN TO HEADLINE SUPER BOWL SHOW
The performance opened with The Weeknd in a convertible with the city lights behind him as Call Out My Name played and a panoramic view of the Raymond James Stadium was shown. According to CBS, The Weeknd is the first Canadian to solo headline the Super Bowl halftime show.
He also spent $7m (R104.6m) of his own money to bring his vision for the show to life.
THE WEEKND’S SHOW A FEAST OF HITS
The Weeknd pulled out all the stops for his 14-minute performance and sang nine of his hit songs. He opened with Starboy and followed this with The Hills.
Next was Can’t Feel My Face, which was filmed up close as if The Weekend was holding the camera. A group of people dressed just like him accompanied him for the chorus. Their faces were covered in bandages and they bumped into each other before breaking into dance.
He then performed I Feel It Coming as fireworks emerged in the background and Save Your Tears, which had inspired his much-discussed “cosmetic surgery” look. Next up was Earned It as a string section joined him.
The Weeknd and his bandaged dancers got on the field for House of Balloons, and he then triumphantly ended with blinding lights and fireworks while performing Blinding Lights.
The electrifying performance was directed by Oneohtrix Point Never and it’s clear The Weeknd deserves that Grammy award nomination right about now.
NO SPECIAL GUESTS FOR SUPER BOWL SHOW
In the lead-up to his performance, The Weeknd confirmed there would be no special guests for his performance.
“I’ve been reading a lot of rumours, I wouldn’t bet on it, there wasn’t any room to fit it in the narrative in the story I was telling in the performance. So yeah, there’s no special guests,” he had told Kay Adams.
He also posted this teaser video in the lead-up to his performance.
MEMES FROM THE WEEKND’S SUPER BOWL DEBUT
Here are some of the funny memes fans shared after the Blinding Lights hitmaker’s performance.