The Blinding Lights hitmaker was announced as the performer for the coveted slot on Thursday (November 12, 2020), and he admitted it was a dream come true.
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” the Canadian singer says. “I’m humbled, honored, and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.”
Super Bowl LV will mark the second year representatives at JAY-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment firm have worked with bosses at the National Football League and sponsors Pepsi to book the Halftime Show stars, following Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s co-headlining slot at the 2020 event.
In a statement, JAY-Z declares, “The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry.
“This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”
Super Bowl LV will take place in Tampa Bay, Florida on February 7, 2021.
Previous acts to land the big gig in recent years include Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars.