The Weeknd performed during the Super Bowl halftime show and brought out all the stops for his performance.
The Canadian musician follows a long-line of musical royalty who have performed during the coveted slot in the past, including Prince, Michael Jackson and Beyonce. Whilst there was only a limited capacity of fans in the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, The Weeknd didn’t put any half-measures into his performance and even injected $7 million from his own pocket into the show.
He previously announced that there would be no special guest during the show and The Weeknd stuck true to his word. Although there weren’t any big names joining him, there was a vast choir and backing band, as well as a troop of dancers dressed in the same attire as The Weeknd’s character he created for his After Hours album.
Before the performance, The Weeknd told Billboard: “We’ve been really focusing on dialling in on the fans at home and making performances a cinematic experience, and we want to do that with the Super Bowl.” He also spoke about putting his own money into the performance to ensure that he would “make this halftime show be what he envisioned.”
The singer’s set was just under the fifteen-minute mark and celebrated his career to date. The Weeknd’s set-list included the After Hours tracks’ Save Your Tears’ and ‘Blinding Lights‘, his massive 2015 hit ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, ‘Starboy’, ‘The Hills’ and part of 2011 track ‘House Of Balloons’.
Check it out, below.
The Weeknd set-list:
- ‘The Hills’
- ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
- ‘I Feel It Coming’
- ‘Save Your Tears’
- ‘Earned It’
- ‘House Of Balloons’
- ‘Blinding Lights’