On February 13th, 2022, Super Bowl LVI took place in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Rams played the Cincinnati Bengals.
Each year at the Super Bowl there is a half-time show performance to entertain the audience at home and in the stands. Popular music artists are chosen to give a performance of a lifetime. This year Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and 50 Cent performed.
“As someone who is from California, it was so fun seeing west coast representation and listening to my favorite ‘90s rap,” according to Delaware State University student Jade King.
This year half-time show highlighted black excellence in the entertainment industry. These musicians have 43 Grammys among them. Artist performing gave many adults nostalgia and a performance to talk about for ages.
“Growing up I listened to Dre, Snoop, and Mary all the time. Being able to see them during the half-time show was awesome. I would have never thought to see them,” according to parent Brodrick Spencer.
Eminem continued to be controversial in his own right by paying tribute to Colin Kaepernick. Colin Kaepernick was blacklisted by the NFL due to him taking a knee during the National Anthem in support of Black Lives Matter. Eminem covered his face and took a knee during the performance.
“I am so happy he gave tribute to Colin Kaepernick and the BLM movement by taking a knee. The fight for justice is not over and for Eminem to showcase that during a half-time performance where millions are watching is huge,” according to Delaware State University student Alexis Roberson.
Kendrick Lamar continues to speak on social injustice and police brutality in his performance. He was quickly censored during his performance when saying, “we hate po-po” and was replaced with a thud of drums. The half-time performance is keen on keeping performances nonpolitical.
The half-time performance was a performance to remember, bringing back artists to remind us of our youth and good times.