There may need been a restricted attendance because of coronavirus restrictions, however The Weeknd tailored to offer a glittering Tremendous Bowl half-time present – whereas Miley Cyrus was joined by veteran stars for her efficiency.
The 65,890-capacity Raymond James Stadium in Florida was stuffed with simply 25,000 followers – together with 7,500 vaccinated healthcare staff – whereas the remainder of the viewers was product of cut-outs.
However The Weeknd had a small military of lookalikes, fireworks and a full moon on his aspect to create a spectacular present for the coveted half-time slot, which in earlier years has been taken on by stars together with Katy Perry, Girl Gaga, Justin Timberlake and, final yr, the duo of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
The Canadian star carried out hits together with Starboy, Cannot Really feel My Face, I Really feel It Coming and Blinding Lights.
Cyrus gave a pre-Tremendous Bowl efficiency, bringing on Billy Idol and Joan Jett for her TikTok Tailgate present.
The 28-year-old carried out White Marriage ceremony alongside Idol and I Hate Myself For Loving You with Jett, in addition to a few of her personal greatest hits, together with Social gathering In The USA, We Cannot Cease, Edge Of Midnight and Wrecking Ball.
After an emotional efficiency of Wrecking Ball – which followers have speculated was written about her ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth – Cyrus instructed the viewers: “Singing that track, Wrecking Ball, about feeling utterly damaged and shattered, I do know that one of many fundamental causes I’ve missed stay music a lot is seeing all of you out right here regarding me, regarding my lyrics.
“Everybody’s struggling is completely different, even everybody’s threshold of ache. I prefer to suppose I’ve acquired a reasonably excessive tolerance. I put on quite a lot of glitter and I put on quite a lot of armour and I additionally put on my coronary heart on my sleeve, nevertheless it will get damaged quite a bit.”
Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who garnered worldwide consideration after starring throughout final month’s presidential inauguration, additionally carried out earlier than the sport began.
The game was won by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who beat Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 31 to 9 – giving legendary quarterback Tom Brady a document seventh Tremendous Bowl victory.
It is among the yr’s greatest cultural occasions within the US and the 2021 present didn’t disappoint on the Hollywood star energy entrance, with blockbuster movie trailers and celebrity-filled adverts showing throughout industrial breaks.
Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, Awkwafina, Drake and Paul Rudd all appeared in advertisements, with a 30-second slot reportedly costing about $5.5 million (£4 million), whereas Brad Pitt voiced a teaser for the sport.
However not all celebrities acquired behind the present.
Mariah Carey tweeted: “Comfortable Colin Kaepernick Appreciation Day!”
Kaepernick was the primary in a sequence of Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) stars to kneel through the US nationwide anthem earlier than matches, with gamers saying they wished to attract consideration to racism and police brutality. He mentioned he was frozen out because of his activism.
In 2019, Rihanna confirmed in an interview that she had turned down that year’s Super Bowl event to show support.