Five Hip-Hop Icons Will Be Headlining Super Bowl LVI’s Halftime Show

Mary J. Blige at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2018
Mary J. Blige at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2018. Photo by Owen Kolasinski/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9448871zi)

There’s always a lot of anticipation surrounding the announcement of the Super Bowl halftime show, but we won’t be getting just one this time around. Five hip-hop icons will use the upcoming halftime show to pay homage to West Coast hip-hop, but can you guess who they are?

The Super Bowl bosses announced that the spotlight at the upcoming game will be split five ways—between Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. The show’s main sponsor Pepsi is promising “an epic, unforgettable celebration of the impact hip-hop has today”, and opting for this theme is a pretty great idea.

Super Bowl LVI will take place in the Los Angeles area for the first time in three decades, so it makes sense to pick some of the artists responsible for the West Coast hip-hop revolution as headliners. Kendrick Lamar hails from a different generation, but he grew up in Compton, in the heart of California’s rap scene.

Another thing that these five artists have in common is their critical acclaim. They have 43 Grammys and 22 no. 1 albums between them, and this will be the first time they hit the stage together. We can’t wait to see how their joint set will look like when Super Bowl returns to California on February 13th, 2022.