When the NFL hosts Super Bowl LVI in the Los Angeles area in February, it will do so with one of its biggest halftime shows to date, at least in terms of combined star power on stage. The league announced Thursday with Jay-Z’s Pepsi and Roc Nation that this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, slated for SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, will be presented by five different legends from the hip-hop scene. : Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg.
“February 13, 2022, at the Super Bowl,” Jay-Z said in a statement, “Dr. Dre, a musical visionary from Compton; Snoop Dogg, a Long Beach icon; and Kendrick Lamar, a young music pioneer in her own right, also from Compton; will take center stage for a performance of a lifetime. They will be joined by the lyrical genius, Eminem; and the timeless queen, Mary J. Blige … walk. “
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The NFL partnered with Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation in 2019, and it marks their most star-studded collaboration yet. Along with Pepsi, the partners featured The Weeknd at halftime of the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl 2020 victory, with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez sharing the stage the year before. This year’s lineup boasts a total of 43 Grammy wins, plus hundreds of millions of album sales worldwide, not to mention multiple connections to Los Angeles.
“The opportunity to play the Super Bowl halftime show, and doing it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre said in a statement. “I am grateful to Jay-Z, Roc Nation, the NFL and Pepsi as well as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar for joining me in what will be an unforgettable cultural moment.”
Dr. Dre, who co-founded Death Row Records label that spawned both Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, has six Grammys to his name. Eminem, with 15 Grammy Awards across 11 studio albums, is one of the best-selling rappers of all time. Kendrick Lamar, with 13 Grammys and an Oscar nomination for his contribution to the “Black Panther” soundtrack, is considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Mary J. Blige has won nine Grammys and was recently nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the best female R&B and hip-hop artists of all time. Snoop Dogg has been nominated 17 times for the Grammy Awards.