Super Bowl LVI: Halftime Show Review

Story posted February 16, 2022 in CommRadio, Sports by Evan Smith

The Super Bowl LVI halftime show featured a headlining group of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Eminem. Special guests 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak made appearances throughout the concert as well.
The show served as a tribute to west coast hip-hop. The group traded the usual large-scale production of the Super Bowl halftime show for a set more reminiscent of a one-off concert.

Rather than a collaboration of the stars; the show featured each rapper getting time to perform a selection from their catalogs. The set opened with Dr. Dre rising onto the field to meet Snoop Dogg for a rendition of “The Next Episode.” Snoop Dogg and Dre then walk inside of their respective sets before transitioning into 2Pac classic “California Love” where Dr. Dre belts his verse from the hit.

The Los Angeles crowd went wild for the tribute to the west coast legend. Next, the camera zoomed into a red section of the stage where surprise guest 50 Cent was in a faux night club to perform “In Da Club.”

Mary J. Blige performed next from the roof of the staging. She had the longest individual feature of the show, performing parts of “Family Affair” and “No More Drama.” This moment served as a change of pace, especially during her beautiful rendition of the latter song before the next transition.

The camera cut to a set of boxes under the stage, leading to a signature Kendrick Lamar performance intro, containing a synchronized group dance to the introduction to his song “M.A.A.D. City.” Lamar jumps forward for a performance of “Alright.” This was vintage Kendrick Lamar and wouldn’t have looked out of place as a Grammy Awards performance.

After the chorus of “Alright,” Lamar begins singing “Forgot About Dre,” leading to Eminem jumping out of the side of the stage. The audience was immediately entranced by a rare performance from the Detroit legend.

Eminem’s performance of “Lose Yourself” sounded nearly identical to the studio version of the track, enhanced by a passionate drum performance from Anderson .Paak.

He ended his portion of the show by taking a knee. This moment was significant as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly told the rapper not to commit the symbolic act during the show.

The show concluded with the stars joining forces on top of the central stage while Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg reconvened to perform “Still Dre.”

This year’s halftime show carried a different feeling from those of years past, but it was a memorable show that will be enjoyed by any fan of the hip hop genre.


Evan Smith is a first-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, please email ers5828@psu.edu.