What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start? When to expect The Weeknd on stage in 2021


There’s no bigger concert than the Super Bowl halftime show, despite it being much shorter than an average touring artist’s concert.

The Weeknd will take the stage for just less than 15 minutes at Super Bowl 55 in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium. The Chiefs and Buccaneers will be in their respective locker rooms gearing up for the second half as The Weeknd is broadcast into more than 100 million homes just in the United States.

With the Super Bowl slated to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET, it’s safe to expect The Weeknd to perform sometime between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET. A football half can be expected to take about 90 minutes unless something totally unforseen takes place.

Here’s what you need to know about the Super Bowl 2021 halftime show, including when it starts and who exactly will take the stage in Tampa.

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What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start?

  • Time: 8 p.m. ET (approx.)

The Super Bowl halftime show will likely begin shortly after 8 p.m. ET. The game between the Chiefs and Buccaneers is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, and the first half will usually take about 90 minutes. Add in only a short time to prepare the field for The Weeknd’s show, and by a little bit after 8 p.m., the world should be jamming along.

The Super Bowl halftime show is on CBS, which is broadcasting the game.

Stream Super Bowl 55 on fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)

Who is performing during halftime of Super Bowl 2021?

The Weeknd, a Canadian singer-songwriter, will be performing at halftime of Super Bowl 55 in 2021.

This year’s halftime show will follow the dual act from last year in Miami, when both Shakira and Jennifer Lopez took the stage. The Weeknd does collaborate on some of his songs with other artists, so there could be a surprise cameo or two during the show.

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Who is The Weeknd?

The Weeknd is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose full name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye. While his music hits on a number of different genres, it has a heavy R&B influence.

The Weeknd’s stage name has a fun origin, at least how Tesfaye tells it. He left for a weekend and never came home during high school, instead choosing to drop out. He’ll turn 31 a bit more than a week after performing at the Super Bowl, with his birthday on Feb. 16.

The Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards. He broke heavily into the mainstream with his song “Can’t Feel My Face.”

Do performers get paid for the Super Bowl halftime show?

No, the halftime show performers do not get paid. The NFL covers the cost of performance and that’s it. It’s an enticing enough publicity move for the artists on stage as is.

MORE: How much are Super Bowl halftime performers paid?

Who is singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 55?

It’ll be a duet national anthem at Super Bowl 55, sung by both Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan.

Church is a country music star, while Sullivan is a rising performer in the R&B world. Neither has performed in any capacity at the Super Bowl before this year.

Also as part of the pregame festivites, another R&B artist, H.E.R., will sing America the Beautiful.

History of Super Bowl halftime show performers

Super Bowl Year Performer(s)
I 1967 Universities of Arizona and Michigan Grambling University Bands
II 1968 “Old Man Winter Takes a Vacation in Miami” featuring seven local Miami-area high school bands
III 1969 “America Thanks” with Florida A&M University
IV 1970 Carol Channing
V 1971 Florida A&M Band
VI 1972 “Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Ftizgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Coprs Drill Team
VII 1973 “Happiness Is…” with University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman
VIII 1974 “A Musical America” with University of Texas Band
IX 1975 “Tribute to Duke Eillington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands
X 1976 “200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial
XI 1977 “It’s a Small World” including crowd particiption for first time with spectators waving colored placard on cue
XII 1978 “From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt
XIII 1979 “Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands
XIV 1980 “A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People
XV 1981 “A Mardi Gras Festival”
XVI 1982 “A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”
XVII 1983 “KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)
XVIII 1984 “Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”
XIX 1985 “A World of Children’s Dreams”
XX 1986 “Beat of the Future”
XXI 1987 “Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”
XXII 1988 “Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker
XXIII 1989 “Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects
XXIV 1990 “Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas
XXV 1991 “A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block
XXVI 1992 “Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
XXVII 1993 “Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson
XXVIII 1994 “Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd
XXIX 1995 “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine
XXX 1996 Diana Ross
XXXI 1997 “Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman, James Belushi, James Brown and ZZ Top
XXXII 1998 “A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
XXXIII 1999 “Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover
XXXIV 2000 “A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton
XXXV 2001 “The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, *N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly
XXXVI 2002 U2
XXXVII 2003 Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting
XXXVIII 2004 Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake
XXXIX 2005 Paul McCartney
XL 2006 The Rolling Stones
XLI 2007 Prince
XLII 2008 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
XLIII 2009 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
XLIV 2010 The Who
XLV 2011 The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
XLVI 2012 Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj
XLVII 2013 Beyoncé with guests Destiny’s Child
XLVIII 2014 Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers
XLIX 2015 Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz
50 2016 Coldplay with guets Beyoncé and Bruno Mars
LI 2017 Lady Gaga
LII 2018 Justin Timberlake
LIII 2019 Maroon 5 with guests Travis Scott and Big Boi
LIV 2020 Shakira and Jennifer Lopez





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