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Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals kicked off in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California this past Sunday. The highly anticipated halftime show threw it back to the 90’s, featuring performances by Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent.
The setlist included classics such as “The Next Episode,” “California Love,” “Lose Yourself,” and “Still Dre.” A surprise appearance was also made by 50 Cent, as he performed his hit “In da Club,” while reenacting the iconic music video during the performance.
Unlike in past years, the halftime show was not overwhelming to watch. In the past, it was hard to figure out where to look, as many artists try to perform with extravagant sets, lights, costumes, and choreography. This year, it was evident that music was the main focus of the show. The artists were usually surrounded by the live bands helping them bring the songs to life, including singer and drummer Anderson Paak, or backup dancers who tastefully added more fun to the performance with moves dating back to the 90’s and early 2000’s. It definitely was a nostalgic show targeted for millennials and gen x.
The chemistry between Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre on stage was undeniable. They were laid back, smooth, and you could tell they were having fun. Eminem, per usual, came on stage with his black cap and hood up to sing his hit, “Lose Yourself.” He later took a knee in support of Colin Kaepernick, despite the NFL warning him not to.
Though not from the 90’s, Kendrick Lamar made his presence loud and clear when he performed his song “Alright.” The energy he brought to the show was felt from home, and my only complaint was that I wish his set was longer.
The most disappointing part of the show was Mary J. Blige, but even that could be considered a stretch. Though I was not very familiar with her set, she held her own during the performance. Putting out impressive vocals and choreography with her backup dancers, it would be hard to bash her performance. She had a seemingly long set compared to Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 cent. My only wish is that we saw more of them, and less of her. Nonetheless, it was still a fun performance.
Overall, this year’s halftime show went the old-school route with instantly recognizable artists and songs for all generations. There was never a dull moment and I found myself smiling or bobbing my head through the whole thing.
Arguably one the best halftime performances that the Super Bowl has ever seen, these throwbacks were definitely a blast from the past.