Which celebrities have performed at the super bowl half-time show and how many watch

Many celebrities have performed at the Super Bowl halftime show over the years.

Back in 2022, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg delivered an epic halftime show performance on Sunday that set social media ablaze.

The halftime show is a traditional element in an American football and Canadian football game. During the interval between the second and third quarters (normally 20 minutes) some form of entertainment is presented on the field. The entertainment frequently consists of performances by marching bands.

How the Super Bowl halftime show got its start
The Super Bowl halftime show is the ultimate marriage of sports and pop culture. It is also the descendant of one man’s plan to advertise his Airedales. Many football historians believe halftime shows originated with the Oorang Indians of the early National Football League.

In 2017, headlined by six-time Grammy-winner Lady Gaga, the Super Bowl halftime show had more viewers than the game itself. That may again be the case this year when Justin Timberlake takes the stage. And it may have been the case even without the trailblazing work of La Rue, Ohio’s only professional football team.

The halftime show, which drew favorable reactions on social media, averaged 103.4 million viewers last year.

Some notable examples from celebs performing over the past 30 years include:

  • Michael Jackson (1993)
  • Madonna (2012)
  • Beyoncé (2013, 2016)
  • Bruno Mars (2014, 2016)
  • Shakira
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Katy Perry (2015)
  • Justin Timberlake (2018)
  • Maroon 5 (2019)
  • The Weeknd (2021) Headlining the Super Bowl half-time show is such a coveted gig that last year The Weeknd used US$7 million of his own money to fund his incredible production. This was on top of the estimated US$10 million the NFL is believed to allow for a halftime show budget.

The artists themselves are not paid for the performance, but the exposure can boost their future earnings – with some going well over their reported budgets from NFL

“We do not pay the artists, NFL told MarkMeets. We cover expenses and production costs,”

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