Canadian rapper The Weeknd took centre stage and was the sole performer at the Super Bowl 2021 LV Halftime Show on Sunday, 7 February.
In a first, the show broke traditions as it did not feature a variety of performers, a common trend over the years.
The 30-year-old musician delivered a performance that surveyed his entire career.
He sang his hits “Starboy,” “The Hills,” “I Can’t Feel My Face,” “Earned It,” “House of Balloons,” and "Blinding Lights.”
The singer was dressed in a glimmering red blazer, a black button-down shirt with matching trousers.
The stage was lit up, and the stadium sky filled with fireworks as the star performed a medley of hits backed by a choir, violinists, and masked backup dancers.
Last year's halftime show, in Miami, featured Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. The performance included multiple Spanish-language songs, as the show was designed to be a celebration of Latino culture.
Netizens took to Twitter and made “Shakira” a top trend as many missed her, Lopez, and Beyonce’s performances.
Check out their reactions below.
In other performances, Miley Cyrus took the stage during a tailgate pregame show on Sunday afternoon, before the national anthem was performed by H.E.R., "America the Beautiful" sung by country artist Eric Church and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, and a poem recited by youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging worldwide, the event, which allowed only 25,000 fans to attend it, had certain safety measures in place—nearly 30,000 cardboard cutouts were placed in a 66,000-seat stadium.
Earlier this week, it was reported that The Weeknd is planning his 'After Hours' tour for January 2022, rescheduled after being delayed due to COVID-19.